What Are Some Advantages and Disadvantages of a Virtual Office?

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Advantages of a virtual office include low overhead and increased productivity, while disadvantages include more distractions for staff and difficulty communicating. Virtual office workers can hire support services to answer phones, handle mail and provide a meeting space, which adds to the convenience of a virtual workplace.

Communication in a virtual office can be challenging without body language, but it also means fewer conflicts between employees. Employees save money on clothing and commuting, and employers gain access to a larger pool of job applicants. On the downside, however, employees are more likely to have distractions from family or other outside interruptions than in a traditional office space. Employees may spend more time traveling to meet clients, which can be both an advantage or disadvantage, depending on the employee.