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History of the 8 Hour Work Day

If you’re living in the States or Canada, welcome back to work after a nice, long Labor Day weekend. Back to the grind of working from 9 to 5 (or if you’re like most people we polled in our recent survey, even longer than that). This pattern of working eight hours a day is so engrained in our daily lives …

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10 Ways You Feel when You #TakeBack60

When you #TakeBack60 during your work week, there’s probably some intense emotions you’re feeling. But most of all you’re probably really, really happy and excited with all the time you’ve regained to do the things YOU want! 1. Maybe you feel like this: via GIPHY 2. Or like this: via GIPHY 3. You probably feel like this if you’re using …

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Slideshare: #TakeBack60: The Demise of the Work Week

Feel like you’re working way too much? Not getting enough time to do the things you want to do? Skipping out on lunch with your coworkers just to keep up with your work load? You’re not alone. PGi surveyed over 500 American workers to get some insight on their workweeks, and what we found was eye opening. For example, 32.5% …

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Murphy’s Law of Working from Home

Generation Z

Remember the old adage that states “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”, also known as Murphy’s Law? Well, that epigram holds very true for those of us who are remote workers. From Wi-Fi outages to the inevitable snack attack, something is bound to go wrong when working from home. As providers of software powering the WFH revolution, we …

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Using Science to Avoid the Midday Slump

If you’re like me, about an hour after lunch, you really start to struggle with staying energized and productive. It’s like trudging through mud uphill in a thunderstorm to reach the end of the day. …alright, maybe that was an exaggeration, but there’s actually a science behind why we hit the midday slump. A little thing called your circadian rhythm …

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Join PGi at Gartner Catalyst 2015!

Today Gartner Catalyst kicks off in San Diego, bringing with it a 4-day event featuring industry leaders and analysts ready for in-depth discussions and panels about tech trends and IT strategy and development for modern business. Attendees will dive into the development, strategy and execution of leveraging mobile, cloud and big data to gain a competitive advantage. At the Catalyst …

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10 Commandments of Virtual Teams

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Virtual teams are becoming a norm for modern businesses. According to PGi’s 2015 Global Telework Survey, 79% of knowledge workers reported working outside the office. With more teams working remote, it’s important to remember a few commandments to keep teams working successfully. Check out PGi’s 10 commandments for virtual teams: 10 Commandments of Virtual Teams from PGi 1. Thou Shalt …

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Master Back-to-School with These Productivity Apps

Today, thousands of children head back to school, and that means added strain on working parents. From remembering bus schedules and parent-teacher conferences to soccer practice and after school activities, keeping your children on schedule while maintaining your own schedule can be stressful. Staying productive and organized can be made a little easier with a few productivity apps. To ease …

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Abusing the Online Interview Process

This is a public service announcement: There is definitely a right and wrong way to conduct an online interview! Technology has come a long way in helping human resources departments with the interviewing process. Online interviews can help businesses save time and money when looking for the right candidate for the job. But, as I unfortunately found out, companies can …

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Why Your Business Needs Remote Workers

Generation Z

Telecommuting is a phrase that’s been around for quite some time, but until recently, the idea hasn’t been a mainstream business practice. In PGi’s recent Global Telework Survey, it was found that more than ever before, companies are embracing flexible working, with 66 percent of respondents saying telecommuting is more positively viewed in their organization. With remote work programs gaining …

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10 Reasons Remote Workers are Great for Business

In PGi’s recent Global Telework Survey, we gathered responses from around the globe about the state of teleworking. Approximately 79 percent of those surveyed stated they worked remotely at least one day per week. The survey also found that more than ever before, companies are embracing flexible working, with 66 percent of respondents saying telecommuting is more positively viewed in …

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Building a Collaborative Environment for Different Personalities

Every workplace has an array of different personalities. There’s extroverts, introverts, the dependable ones, the calm and collected and the hot heads. Having all of these characteristics working together can be slightly tricky, especially if there aren’t resources tailored to these different personalities to keep them productive. With each personality comes different needs from a workspace. Some may want a …

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4 Things We Can Learn about Social Selling from Shark Week

In case you’ve lived under a rock for the last 25 years, Shark Week is a week-long event hosted by Discovery Channel that features all things shark. From riveting research to shark attack survivor stories, the program has a cult following that gets just about everyone pumped about the aquatic species. If you’ve ever watched any part of the week-long …

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Nine Stats About Global Shifts in Telework Trends

Thanks to continuing trends in technology, businesses are adapting their practices to support the idea of remote work, flex work and telework. Whether it’s to achieve a better work/life balance, to skip a hectic commute or to spend more time with family, knowledge workers all over the world are increasingly wanting the ability to telecommute at least part time. Earlier …

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Webinar Recap: Join the Social Sales Revolution

Last week experts from LinkedIn, Oracle Social Cloud, Central Desktop, Skyword and PGi revealed their best tips on social selling in the webinar, Join the Sales Revolution. Social selling has become more than just a buzzword—it’s become a strategy that brings marketing and sales professionals together to create and nurture more authentic relationships with customers and prospects. The esteemed panel …

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The Workplace Ecosystem

Remember learning about ecosystems in your third grade science class? If not, here’s a refresher: ecosystems are communities or environments made up of interacting organisms. Your workplace is a lot like an ecosystem. It’s made up of different personalities (or organisms for the sake of the metaphor) that work together to help a business succeed. Knowing your own personality type will make …

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Ways to Avoid a Conference Call Horror Story

Conference calls are a key element to getting business done in the modern workplace. Whether it’s over audio or an online meeting tool, there’s always an opportunity for something to go horribly wrong on a conference call. Sure, I’ve been privy to close calls, but thankfully I’ve never done anything on a conference call that has kept me up at …

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Gartner Digital Workplace Summit Recap

Gartner’s Digital Workplace Summit, hosted May 18-20 in Orlando, covered topics like improving employee engagement, increasing agility and empowering high-impact performers. A key element to this summit, however, was understanding the rapidly shifting workplace and creating a strategy to guide the transition from a traditional workplace to a digital workplace. According to the event, some of the key pillars of …

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007 Gadgets Every Meeting Agent Needs

Meeting Agents are always on the go. From sales meetings with prospects to marketing conventions in different cities, you need to be connected and collaborative at all times. Check out these seven gadgets every Agent needs to gather and share intel, stay connected and keep organized while on a mission. 007 Gadgets Every Meeting Agent Needs from PGi 1. Online …

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Sales Life: Tools for Staying Organized on the Road

As a sales professional, you may be privy to the woes of constantly staying on the road to meet with new clients and prospects, networking at various conferences and being left with an additional to-do list in the wake of your crazy schedule. However, having the right organizational tools and calendar app can make all the difference. From varying project …

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