Virtual business support and what it means for sustainability

Virtual business support and what it means for sustainability

Virtual Business Support Sustainability

Virtual Business Support and What it Means for Sustainability. 

The term work-life balance took a complete turn during the height of the pandemic. While many missed the mid-morning coffee machine banter, others thrived by spending more time with their families, had time to focus on their mental and physical well-being and some even uprooted their lives completely, re-locating to areas they would actually like to live with no lengthy commutes to consider. Saving a small fortune in the process.

For the employee, remote working or even a hybrid model is an easy sell. Fortunately, most employers have been willing to look at the future of work for their business.

The benefits of remote working for employers include:

  • On-premise cost savings
  • Productivity of workers
  • Mental health and wellness of employees
  • Expansion of talent pools
  • Communication improvement

But that’s not all. One of the most beneficial and impactful arguments for remote or hybrid working models, sits with sustainability.

The UN believes 14 of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals can be solved or advanced through virtual work. Living and working sustainably is more than just good business.

In the world today we are facing several threatening global issues, a health pandemic, economic crisis, climate change, mental health emergency and not to mention the entanglement of race and inequality. Though remote working won’t eradicate these issues entirely, virtual jobs have the power to change the lives of employees, businesses, and communities across the globe by impacting:

  • The Economy: When employees are spread across countries rather than packed into cities and hotspots, wealth can spread and help to uplift poorer communities.
  • The Environment: Working remotely means shorter commutes, lighter carbon footprints, reduced air pollution, carbon emissions but it also has a knock-on effect on things like food production, energy usage, elimination of physical office waste like stationary with cloud technology. Fast fashion which is a topic currently discussed a lot will be impacted, employees won’t have the need to purchase as many clothes.
  • Diversity: Equal remote work earns equal opportunity.  It turns out that when managers are focused on the what of results, suddenly the whowhen, and where doesn’t matter as much. Consequently, traditional discriminatory factors like race, age, gender, and family status are reduced or eliminated in virtual workplaces.

Here at Designated, we saw the benefits of remote working long before COVID-19 made it almost mandatory for businesses to adapt to using virtual and cloud technologies.

Managing Director Jane Braithwaite has been able to build Designated with an unlimited pool of talent, sourcing industry experts across PA, Accountancy, Marketing, HR & Recruitment both locally and globally to the benefit of all Designated’s clients. There is no traditional 9-5, no distractions, lengthy meetings and no burnout or stress from commuting. The work is done quickly and efficiently using the best virtual business support teams available.

Remote business support allows business leaders to focus their time on what matters. With flexible support options available you can choose to hire a virtual PA, virtual marketing team or a virtual accountant when, and how you need it.

For more information about virtual business support contact Michelle Elliot on michelle.elliott@designatedgroup.com

 

 

 

How a Virtual PA can help you stay creative

How a Virtual PA can help you stay creative

Designated PA Stay Creative

Take a moment and think back to when you decided ‘to go it alone’ or step up to the challenge of being a Creative Director. The reasons may have been many. Was it to have more flexibility, setting your own creative standards, widening your network, creating unique and intricate ideas without being overwhelmed by continuous admin roadblocks? 

Time pressure and Creativity 

In today’s fast-paced environment, it’s about the speed of creative output. Time pressure seems to have worsened, with clients wanting jobs delivered yesterday! And let’s not forget the volume of paperwork, emails and uncontrolled growth in project scope…resulting in disrupted creativity. 

Embrace being different 

The Neuroscience of creativity shows you are wired differently. You have higher levels of curiosity, a desire for novelty. Your brain is restless, you need spontaneity, free-flow thinking and not a conveyor belt of generic ideas.

Non-creative tasks are a real turn off for you. Research suggests that multitasking ruins productivity causes mistakes, and impedes creative thought. According to Nicolas Cole at Inc. creatives despise distractions among other things. 

How to stay creative 

Are continuous multitasking and endless admin still a reality for you? Putting a stop to it is easier than you think! If you’ve lost your creative flow, then take the time to replenish it. Don’t let admin tasks get in your way, ask for help.

Stay Creative and offload admin to a Virtual Assistant PA. 

A Virtual Personal Assistant can help you get back doing what you do best -. big idea thinking. 

Think how much time you could save by #SayingNotoAdmin and having a Virtual Assistant PA. 

No more time spent… 

  • Managing your mailbox 
  • Arranging meetings 
  • Liaising with clients
  • Chasing payments
  • Paying Invoices. 

The opportunities to make the most out of your day are endless with a Designated Personal Assistant.

For more information please contact Hannah, our client services manager who will be happy to talk your through all that’s involved with hiring a Virtual PA:  hannah@designatedgroup.com

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