It is without a doubt that technology has revolutionized the way we work and do business. For the past decades, advances such as smartphones, the internet, instant messaging, social media networks, cloud computing have enabled companies from around the world to keep a more flexible workforce that can be deployed anywhere. This added flexibility has then resulted to better operational efficiency and lower business cost since the number of employees companies need to keep in-house have been reduced, and so are the tools and equipment they need to invest and maintain to empower their employees.
This type of approach in keeping a workforce is commonly known today as remote working. For the starters, remote working means the retained employee is not commuting to an office every day and can also be referred to as “working from home.” The impact of this phenomenon is widely felt as it has been adopted by a lot of companies in several industries – including financial services, healthcare, advertising and marketing, construction, and much more. In the U.K. alone, the number of people working from home now stands at around 1.5 million. In the U.S., the statistics are much higher, with 3.9 million Americans saying they work from home at least half the week.
There are different types of remote workers based on the tasks and roles they fulfill – the most popular these days being a Virtual Assistant. As the name implies, a virtual assistant does tasks of a traditional office secretary – but on a more time-efficient and cost-effective way. From simple data entry jobs and scheduling to copy-writing, designing, and other services, a virtual assistant can offer a plethora of different services for different types and sizes of companies – making them one of the sought-after professionals nowadays.
To learn more about virtual assistants and the benefits this profession provides both to businesses and the VAs themselves, check out the infographic below from OVA Virtual.