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6 Ways to Inspire and Motivate Virtual Teams

One of today’s most prevalent trends in the workplace is the emergence of the virtual team.  More and more people are working outside the office, while still being held accountable for the same responsibilities, workloads, and deliverables as before. These teams of teleworkers often face much more complexity than traditional teams due to the differences in schedules, time zones, and …

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Pros and Cons of the New Era of Telework

Recently, PGi conducted a survey of knowledge workers around the world on the subject of telecommuting. Out of over 3,000 workers surveyed, an overwhelming majority (79%) have the opportunity to work remotely at least one day a week. Our survey also shed light on both the perceived benefits and negatives of telecommuting around the globe. While anecdotal evidence, the numbers …

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5 Interesting Flexible Jobs in Marketing and Sales

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Whether you’re a gainfully employed marketing maven or a sales phenom, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out on what types of jobs are out there. If you’re in the market (no pun intended) for a new marketing or sales job, these five interesting flexible jobs in marketing and sales just might pique your interest! Digital Marketing …

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Challenges of Working Remote and How to Beat Them

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Being a remote worker has its advantages. No commuting, more time to get errands done, better productivity and more. But there are some challenges that a full or part-time remote worker has to accept when they come on board into their position. Check out a few of the challenges of working remote and how they can be beat: Daily Distractions …

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How to Manage Vacations of Global Teams

Today’s global workforce spans many countries, cultures and perspectives. As this rapidly growing network of disparate workers becomes more interconnected into our organizations via telecommuting, the challenge of managing the complexity of holiday traditions, vacations and time off exponentially increases. Despite our ability to connect with the global marketplace, many of us remain wholly unfamiliar in the cultures and customs …

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The Manager’s Guide to Flexible Work Options

Gone are the days when employers thought flexible work options were only beneficial to employees. Sure, flex is a win/win for employees, since it allows them to work remotely (no more commuting!), save money (i.e., by not having to buy lunches, office attire, commuting costs, etc.), and gives them the ultimate in work-life balance, allowing them to customize their schedule …

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Flexible Teams

There’s just something about a new year that inspires almost everyone to make their resolutions. But as an employer, you should also create some resolutions for your company, too, particularly if you have a flexible or distributed team. Here are just five New Year’s resolutions to get you started: Set them up for success. During the previous calendar year, you …

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It’s Back!: The 12 Days of Telework

Ah, the holidays, the most wonderful time of year. Or is it? Between last minute gift shopping, heavier-than-normal traffic and end of the year projects at work, this time of year can actually be pretty chaotic. And with your personal life and work life crashing in on each other, its a great time to focus on achieving the work/life balance …

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Time for Personality to Shine

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Employers have neglected the impact personality can have on the success of flexible working, but researchers are turning their attention to strategies for smooth transitions, says Heather Greig-Smith. Not everyone desires flexibility. There are those who prefer to come into an office to work nine to five even if they are given flexibility over work location and time. Only some …

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5 Tips to Recruit Top Telecommuting Talent

Whether you have a remote or brick-and-mortar company, there may come a time when you need to hire a virtual worker. That’s a good thing, since opening up your talent pool to the virtual worker world means you’ll be able to find the best talent out there and not be limited by geographic locations. But here’s the thing: remote workers …

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R.I.P. to the Traditional 9 to 5

Finally, the time has come. The long overdue death of the traditional (and soul sucking) notion of a 9-5 workplace has arrived. It may seem like an apocalyptic end for some more traditional companies, but cubicle farms and chatty watercoolers are being replaced by a more productive, eco-friendly and cost-efficient method of working: telecommuting. Whether you want to call it …

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Gifographic: How Does Your Commute Compare to the World?

Global Commuting Gifographic

Honk, honk! Beep, beep! Ah, the soothing sounds of commuting—there’s no better way to start or end the workday. Who are we kidding? Commuting is the worst! And according to the second annual PGi Global Telework Survey Report, most workers commute more than 30 minutes every day. How long is your commute: 15 minutes, 45 minutes, over an hour? See how your …

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10 Best Apps for Virtual Team Building

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Do you know what your teammates’ watched on TV last night? Do you know who prefers to talk on the phone and who prefers instant messaging? Do you know who the early risers and night owls are? If you answered no, it’s time to get to know your remote co-workers a little better. Here are 10 of the most fun …

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Murphy’s Law of Working from Home

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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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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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Coolest Coworking Spaces in the Top 10 Metro Areas

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Of the 79 percent of employees now working outside the office, 10 percent set up shop at shared workspaces, according to the second annual Global Telework Survey by PGi. Also known as coworking spaces, these home office alternatives provide the perfect balance of flexibility, socialization and structure for telecommuters, as well as upgraded space to meet in person, video conference, network …

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How to Recreate Water-Cooler Chat for Virtual Team Building

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Water-cooler chat: A brief, marvelous moment in the workday when employees share office buzz and tales from the weekend outside of their cubicles—and a must-have for virtual team building. Bonding, constructive criticism, knowledge sharing and innovation are the fruits of such spontaneous communication. But when your workers’ only interactions are online or on the phone, how do you capture the …

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Reviving Family Time through Telecommuting

Family Time

With online meetings making telecommuting and remote work easier than ever, why do so many of us still seem to struggle with work/life balance? In less than a month, two Silicon Valley executives have taken a step down from their prestigious positions. On March 10, 2015, Google’s CFO, Patrick Pichette, announced his retirement. Shortly thereafter, Uber’s CFO, Brent Callinicos also …

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My Must-Have WFH Accessory

Telecommuting is awesome. You get to skip your commute, you can knock out household chores in between work assignments and you can change up your scenery to kickstart your creativity and productivity. However, engaging in remote work isn’t simply a matter of bringing your stuff home; there are several technological and environmental considerations you should make when setting out to …

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Collaboration Without Boundaries

Collaboration without boundaries of time, geography or culture.

We live and work in a world of constant connections, where technology keeps us tied into what’s happening at home, the office and around the world 24/7/365. We’re never more than a smartphone notification or desktop alert away from the latest project updates, document revisions, action items and decisions, regardless of when, where or how we choose to work. These overlapping, …

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