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Top 5 Slideshare Presentations for Telework Week 2014 | Telecommuting and Flexible Work

It’s the second day of Telework Week 2014, and we couldn’t be more excited about all the goodness coming from businesses and employees everywhere. If you’re a telecommuter wanting to be more productive, a manager of a remote team or just dipping your toe into the telework waters, here are 5 Slideshare presentations that will help you learn more about …

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Telework Week Survey Reveals that Telecommuting is Here to Stay

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Telecommuting is an important force within today’s shift in business and personal life. As businesses and workers celebrate Telework Week 2014, employers and employees will make commitments to increase telecommuting and productivity, while decreasing commute times and stress. And the results are exciting indicators of how work is evolving from four walls to anywhere freedom, despite several highly publicized bans …

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How Telework Promotes Creativity

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It seems that every day on the Internet there’s a new article about how to get your creative juices flowing. Usually geared at writers or other purely creative professionals, these lists run the gamut, from tips about sleep schedules to different work style methodologies and everything in between. However, they’re almost always aimed at a freelancer mentality; professionals who already …

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On the Eleventh Day of Telework my Workation Gave to Me the Freedom to Work and Still Party

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With the holidays upon us and the last few work days winding down, our thoughts turn to some well-earned quality vacation time with family and friends. However, modern technology has caused our vacations to look very different. Earlier this year, we conducted a survey of our customers, soliciting over 500 responses about work habits while on vacation and found that …

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On the Tenth Day of Telework my Amex Gave to Me an Online Shopping Spree

Admit it. You know you do it. In fact, by last count, about 86% of us probably do. Online shopping—at work. And now, online shopping at telework. A recent RetailMeNot survey revealed our online shopping tendencies during the holiday rush, taken to a peak during the infamous Cyber Monday: 86% of working consumers admitted to shopping online while at work …

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On the Ninth Day of Telework Scrooge Gave to Me, a Very Cranky Colleague – Bah, Humbug!

Over the past few days, we’ve regaled you with telework stories that hopefully made you laugh. Today, we’ll help you overcome the story that makes you want to cry: the Office Scrooge. For those of you who don’t know who Scrooge is (gasp!), let me enlighten you: “A Christmas Carol” is Charles Dickens’ Victorian novella about a cranky, bitter old …

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On the Seventh Day of Telework my Coworkers Gave to Me Gifts and a Sense of Camaraderie

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, tacky sweaters and gift swaps. But for many of us, we have team members that are remote or even some that work from home. Since 2005, telecommuting has grown 73% across all sectors of business. With more and more teams jumping on the telework train, employees can often feel disconnected during this time of …

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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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On the First Day of Telework, PGi Gave to me Tools that Make Remote Work Easy

Over the next 12 days, we will be bringing you the 12 Days of Telework. Each day we will highlight 12 different benefits of telework. Talented individuals are located all over the world and unfortunately sometimes they are not conveniently located next to a company’s office. Here at PGi, we’ve adopted flexible work schedules and encouraged remote work. This has …

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6 Reasons Why Your Small Business Might Benefit from Freelance Workers

If your small business is growing much more quickly than you expected—or you temporarily need help from professionals with specialized skills—freelance workers might be a smart option for you. Here’s why: Flexible labor and benefits costs. Hiring a full-time employee with benefits can be a big commitment for any small business — but hiring freelancers may be a more flexible choice. “When …

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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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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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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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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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How Telecommuting and Workations Help Small Business Succeed

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How do telecommuting and workations work together to help employees and small business owners in particular find a healthier work-life balance? As smart phones and other mobile devices have rooted themselves in our lives, we have become tethered to work. Undeniably, it has become almost impossible to separate work life from home life the way generations before us lived. Now …

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