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Is Technology Really the Big Bad Wolf to Work-Life Balance?

work-life balance

Recently CIO asked, “Is the Work-Life Balance a Myth?” Unlike many that regard technology as the primary cause of imbalance, the author and experts in the article deem it the champion for perfect harmony between work hours and free time. The disappearing divide between our work and personal lives is in fact reality, but to take this one step further, …

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Nerd Alert: Thoughts on Unplugging from a Smartphone Addict

smartphone addict

It may come as no surprise to you that I’m a wee bit addicted to my smartphone (not sure what gave it away). As much as I love staying tapped in and up-to-date on the latest tech, entertainment, gaming, sports or business news, I’m as guilty as anyone of being too tapped in, to the point of getting sucked in. …

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#TakeBack60 with Summer Work Hours

Recently, PGi conducted a #TakeBack60 survey. The results were eye opening. Most of us work well over 40 hours a week . We’re always searching for ways to boost productivity so we can get some extra time in our day to to do other things. This becomes even more evident during the warm, summer months. Summertime is a great time …

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Are You a Workaholic or a Zen Master? Take our #TakeBack60 Quiz and Find Out!

takeback60

The verdict is in: according to our #TakeBack60 survey, we are all woefully overworked. Technology has allowed us all to be constantly connected, but we’re increasingly using our smartphones and mobile apps to simply grind out more hours rather than more efficiently managing our productivity. Where do you fall on the spectrum? Are you, like the 88% of respondents from …

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PGi’s Latest White Paper is Your Definitive Guide to Modern Audio Conferencing

audio conferencing

Nothing is more important to collaboration than consistent, high-quality audio conferencing connections that you can always rely on. We have a saying around here at PGi: the spoken word is the foundation of collaboration. In spite of all of the advances in modern collaboration tools – features like white-boarding, screen sharing, video meetings and more – audio is still ultimately …

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6 Habits for a Highly Successful Webinar

Webinars are great for distributing messages to target audiences without dealing with travel costs or scheduling conflicts. Even with limited budgets and geographically dispersed audiences, webinars can still be a very powerful tool. Since the popularity of webinars is consistently growing, how can you stand out from the others? Here are 6 things you can do during your next webinar …

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How HR Can Benefit from Online Meeting Software

new iMeet UI

Human Resource departments are always looking for new ways to reduce the time it takes to fill open positions, simplify benefit communications and cut costs. This can become quite difficult when working with a global company. Luckily, innovative technology has helped many HR departments meet their goals. Online meetings offer a convenient and simple way to communicate with employees no …

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Design from the Customer Up to Create Better User Experiences

user experiences

At PGi, we have a long history of technological innovation. For over 20 years, we’ve brought industry-leading network, audio and software innovations to a wide array of business and collaboration solutions. But one of the most exciting areas of innovation here at PGi is in our product designs. We’ve always strived to put the needs of our users first and …

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Free eBook – The Millennials Career Guide

millennials

PGi has just released a brand new, free eBook on Millennials covering how to get the job you want and learning how to keep and maintain that job. As a Millennial myself, I have been through the struggles first-hand. “Millennials are making their mark on the world, with some of the most powerful new business leaders coming from this often …

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10 Tips for More Engaging Online Meetings

Keeping your participants attentive and engaged is a challenging part of any meeting, but with online meetings it can be even tougher. You don’t know if your guests are paying attention or multitasking on their smartphone. With that in mind, here are 10 tips to try to make your next online meeting more engaging for you and your attendees: [slideshare …

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Overcoming the Fear of Virtual Meetings

virtual meetings

Have you ever been nervous or just plain frightened to be a part of a virtual meeting? Don’t fret! You are not alone. So many different people, locally and globally, suffer from apprehension towards this newly adopted technology. All of those butterflies flying around in your stomach can be eliminated with the right mindset and training: Be Prepared No one …

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The Convergence of Innovation in Tech and Business

innovation

The word “innovation” means different things to different people. For some, it’s all about the latest and greatest gadgets and technology, from smartphones and wearable tech to cloud computing and big data. For others, innovation is the pursuit of more efficient processes and methodologies, thinking “outside the box” (to use a tired cliché) and disrupting organizational conventions in the pursuit …

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10 Things NOT to Do in an Online Job Interview

online job interviews

In our busy world today, the online job interview has become the norm.  Hectic schedules for interviewers and potential employees make it easier to meet face-to-face virtually.  However, don’t be mistaken—just because you are not physically in the same place as the interviewer does not mean you get a free pass to act and present yourself in a more casual …

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Leverage Webinars Internally for Virtual Town Halls

webinar

When we hear the term “webinar,” we tend to think of an online educational session, speaker or Q&A session designed to simulate an in-person event online. A company we like hosts the event, the topic piques our interest, we sign up and attend to gain some (hopefully) valuable new insights on our role, department or industry. But what about leveraging …

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My Telecommuting Personality: The Multitasker

technology for the mobile worker

A recent PGi survey revealed that 80 percent of us work for companies that allow flexible work arrangements. Is your personality a perfect fit for a telecommuting career? We recently released a free eBook titled, “7 Telecommuting Personalities”, which describes seven personalities of individuals who telecommute. As a telecommuter, it’s important to realize your strengths and weaknesses so you can …

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Four Companies Pushing the Presentation Boundaries

presentations

Throughout my years on Wall Street and working in investor relations, I have seen (and given) literally thousands of presentations. Despite all of our technological advances, the humble presentation is still often the best way to pitch your company, sell your product, justify your project or simply tell your story. As creative collaborators, we’re always on the lookout for new …

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Is BYOD Killing Collaboration?

byod

BYOD is great for the user. It’s a story of user empowerment. It’s a story of increased user technical acumen, preference and choice. But BYOD can be a catastrophe for businesses, particularly the IT department which is already under siege from all sides. Their budgets are shifting, moving outside their department. CMOs are out-spending CTOs and CIOs on technology at …

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4 Tips to Engage Your Webinar Audience

online meeting tools

Keeping your audience engaged during an in-person meeting can be challenging enough. Now, try keeping their attention during a webinar. Computers, tablets and smartphones are full of potential distractions like fun apps, emails, phone calls and text messages. Things can go bad very quickly when you’re hosting a meeting via one of these devices. As businesses continue to grow and …

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What Conference Calls Looked Like in the Past

Effective communication is imperative to the success of any business. The tools and methods used to communicate have significantly evolved over the years. From the pony express of the 1800s to today’s innovative voice and video communications, businesses have used their available resources to effectively communicate with others. Conference calls have been a very popular communications option. Party lines, one …

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Evolve or Die Part 5: Swap Older Tools for Online Meeting Tools

Companies are spending big money to find quality prospects. The costs of advertising, content marketing, trade shows, list buying and email programs can add up quickly. It’s also up to the sales reps to schedule a meeting with prospects and create a strong enough connection so they can close the deal. In the perfect world, you’d always be face-to-face when …

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