Many associations are recognizing a need for a virtualized workforce environment. Often, it can help an organization save money—there isn’t a need for physical office space—while giving staff greater flexibility to work from wherever they prefer.
Many organizations have already seen positive experiences from virtual and remote working environments. After following several online discussion threads on the subject, we identified a need for a community for virtual association professionals to network and discuss ways of developing resources.
In May 2017, the Virtual Association Network (VAN) was formed. Since then, VAN has administered two benchmarking surveys to gather data and provide information to associations that operate virtually, as well as those looking to transition to a virtualized environment. These two surveys yielded a solid base of information about human resource management and operations support for virtual associations.
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