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On the Sixth Day of Telework my Company Gave to Me a Killer Holiday Party

We’ve been bringing you the 12 Days of Telework theme because we’re firm believers in the power of virtual collaboration here at PGi. Oh wait, this is about teleworking, right? Why are we promoting the value of a holiday party? To be honest, teleworking for your company holiday party just seems wrong. You might save money by using virtual tools …

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On the Fifth Day of Telework my Freedom Gave to Me a Worklife in Perfect Harmony

When we decided to tackle the 12 Days of Telework, one word immediately sprang to my mind: balance. For me, telework is balance. I’m still in the office regularly but I have the freedom to telework as the need arises, or if I’m simply looking for a change in scenery for a day. Having that level of freedom gives me …

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On the Fourth Day of Telework, My Jetta Gave to Me a Break from the Traffic Crazy

Today marks the fourth day of PGi’s telework series, and if you’re like me, winter’s bad weather traffic is stressing you out—and it’s only December.  The answer to saving the stress (and keeping money in your wallet) is to skip the commute and opt for flexible work and/or telework. To make a business case for telecommuting at your company, download …

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On the Third Day of Telework My Workers Gave to Me an Increase in Productivity

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Over the years at PGi, I’ve had the same conversation with executives and managers in a variety of fields about telecommuting. They say that telecommuting doesn’t work for their company, their industry or their people. They feel like they have to see their workers to know they’re doing what they’re being paid to do. This isn’t just an antiquated model …

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5 Ways to Thank Your Remote Manager This Boss’s Day

Today is Boss’s Day, the day when we come together to acknowledge the knowledge, kindness and guidance of our mentors and leaders. Both I and my fellow PGi blogger Lorna Love have the increasingly common experience of having a remote manager—Lorna and I are located in Atlanta while our manager, Lea Green, works in Austin, TX. Thankfully, tools like iMeet® …

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The 7 Types of People who Waste Time in Meetings

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No matter the size of your company or what industry you’re in, you’re probably familiar with bad meetings. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, a bad meeting can waste your time and ruin your productivity for the day. Several reasons can contribute to a failed meeting. Not being prepared and dealing with various technology issues are some of the more common …

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Trade Casual Fridays for Virtual Fridays

If you work in a traditional office, then you probably appreciate Casual Fridays as much as I do, the day when we can shed our slacks and suits for jeans and short sleeves. It’s a welcome reprieve to kick off the weekend and often leads to a more relaxed and fun atmosphere at the office. However, with the rise of …

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How an Online Meeting Tool Helped Me Survive During the Perfect Storm of Sickness

Earlier this year, I was hit with two highly contagious and pretty brutal illnesses after visiting family. While out sick, I used iMeet so I could still attend virtual meetings and stay connected to my team. When I went home, I spent a lot of quality time with my twin niece and nephew. A week after returning to Atlanta, I …

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Federal government making strides in telework and virtual meetings

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If telecommuting is your goal, consider a job with the government. Over the past few years, the federal government has made tremendous strides in allowing its employees to work from home. For instance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently granted employees permission to telecommute up to five days a week and implemented flexible work hours to allow employees other …

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Do you have the personality for telecommuting?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time here at PGi, it’s that telecommuting effectively takes a unique set of skills and personality traits. I am fortunate to have the flexibility to telecommute on a regular basis, and it’s not always easy; it takes an immense amount of self-discipline and responsibility to stay on task and remain productive when …

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Are You Listening? Using Meeting Tools to Get Guest Feedback During a Meeting

If not executed successfully, meetings can be one of the biggest wastes of time in the corporate world. Because of this, people are constantly looking for ways to improve their meetings by trying various techniques that allow them to efficiently share information with colleagues and clients. It’s vital to the success of your meetings to realize that a meeting should …

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Busting telecommuting myths: research uncovers hidden benefits

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Telecommuting is increasing in popularity as both businesses and employees experience the productivity, cost savings and benefits it offers. A recent interview with Dr. Kathryn Fonner, Assistant Professor at UW-Milwaukee, breaks through several telecommuting myths and demonstrates the impact and value telecommuting for employees, including: increased job satisfaction, reduced stress and time pressure due to interruptions, and less exposure to …

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Are You Ready for the Workplace of the Future?

How do you define the future of work, and what does the workplace of the future look like? In a word: freedom. The workplace of the future sheds the idea of private, assigned spaces in favor of openness, collaboration and flexibility. Knowledge workers thrive on teamwork and spontaneous ideation, and if companies hope to attract and retain top talent, they …

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How to Manage a Conference Call When You’re from the Texting (Gen Y) Generation

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Not only is the workplace changing but so is the workforce. More and more Millennials, also known as Gen Y, are entering the workplace. According to Time Magazine, there are currently 40 million Millennials in the workface. This will mean that three out of every four workers will be a Millennial by 2025 worldwide. Millennials are social beings who enjoy …

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How Mobile Devices are Impacting Business Environments

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With the ubiquity of mobile devices—smartphones, tablets and even phablets—in the workplace today, it’s hard to imagine getting work done without them. Our smartphones still provide our phone calls and text messages but also bring us our email, manage our calendars, keep track of our notes and even connect us to our meetings. Our tablets bring all the power of …

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Work is Not a Place: 7 Tips for Seeking Freedom From Your Cubicle

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Most U.S. employees have the day off for Independence Day, and with this holiday comes fireworks, summer heat and picnics. However, seeking freedom in our lives is a much greater charge and challenge, and one that has grown increasingly complex. The freedom to work anywhere—regardless of device or location—and share ideas globally, productively and creatively, is a core vision that …

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What’s your favorite way to connect?

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Telecommuting is on the rise. Approximately 20-30 million people work from home at least one day a week, according to the United States Census Bureau. Advances in communication and information technologies have made collaboration easier for employees who may not be physically located in the same office—or even the same time zone. Telecommuters are taking advantage of the explosion of …

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Killer Telecommuting Challenges and How to Defeat Them

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As a work and life choice, telecommuting can pose unique challenges to those who adopt the practice. Below are several common telecommuting challenges and the targeted techniques you can use to solve them today. You feel isolated Do you sometimes feel lonely as a telecommuter? Feelings of loneliness and isolation are a frequent issue for those who work from home …

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How Plantronics Promotes Collaboration and Telecommuting Through Design

I recently came across a video featuring our good friends at Plantronics. In it, SmartPlanet takes a look at how Plantronics has radically redesigned its aging office spaces to promote collaboration and provide flexible working environments for its employees through the use of vibrant colors, multiple desk options and open design principles. Collaborative spaces are lit with natural light through …

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The dark side of telecommuting: does working from home hurt your career?

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Invisibility and isolation are two key challenges when considering telecommuting as a career choice. But is time away from the office hurting your professional path? Telecommuting holds numerous advantages for professionals, and we’re passionate about sharing and discussing these many benefits with business consumers. Improvements in productivity, work-life balance, cost savings and benefits for the planet are just a few …

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