Telecommuting

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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Snowpocalypse 2.0: Atlanta Workers Get Smarter, Work Smarter the Second Time Around

Atlanta learned from the first round of “Snowpocalypse,” the weather phenomenon that baffled the southeastern US in January and struck again this week. Instead of fleeing from offices, businesses and workers opted to stay home, using technology like Wifi, mobile devices, VPNs and virtual meetings to keep business going.Like so many of you, our Atlanta workers had to find new …

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3 Reasons why Companies Allow Remote Work

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The latest advances in technology have made it possible for employees to work from home, hotel rooms and even airports. By using smartphones, tablets and online meeting tools, people can work from just about anywhere. But, you may wonder why companies would allow their employees to work from places other than the office? Here are three ways a company can …

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Telecommuting Trends

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Telecommuting is increasingly growing more popular among the workforce. Employees are routinely working from home offices, client sites or other remote locations. Even though separated from supervisors and other colleagues, these telecommuters understand that they still need to remain connected with their peers so they can collaborate with one another and their clients. Popular social media sites, such as Facebook …

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3 Benefits of Telecommuting

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It’s 6:00 and your alarm wakes you up. After hitting the snooze button a few times, you finally stumble out of bed. With one eye open, you brush your teeth, throw some water on your face and make your way to the kitchen to get that very important cup of coffee. After you’ve actually opened both of your eyes, …

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Personalize Your Virtual Meeting Space

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Work as we know it is beginning to change. Traditional office workers are beginning to trade in their cubes for home offices. Teleworking is on the rise and many people are enjoying their new flexible work schedules. They’re able to complete their work from more convenient places, save money and spend more time with their families—a perfect solution to a …

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Conquer Your Resolutions and Find Your Work-Health Balance in our Latest eBook

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to our New Year’s Resolutions: how are we going to choose to better ourselves in the new year? In PGi’s latest free eBook, we tackle one of the most common resolution areas, health and fitness, and explore the unique opportunities that teleworkers and flexible workers have to engage in healthy …

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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 Eighth Day of Telework my Boss Gave to Me Approval to Work Remotely

In life, unexpected things happen all the time. A leaking roof, sick children and inclement weather are just a few things that can keep you from getting to work on time. That’s why it’s so convenient to have the ability work remotely. Although I’m in the office most days, my boss allows me to work from home when a situation …

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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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Happy Halloween: 7 Online Meeting Horror Stories

Online meetings are one of the best ways to get your team together, but just like in-person meetings they can result in terrifying tales. The “buffer zone” created by technology allows people to meet under less-than-ideal circumstances, often with scary results. In honor of Halloween, here are 7 online meeting horror stories guaranteed to keep you up at night: The …

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The Role of Technology in Collaborative Leadership

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I travel quite a bit in my role here at PGi. I’m regularly meeting with investors, our board of directors, current and potential customers and even PGi associates in any of our offices around the globe. I’m passionate about what I do but I miss my beautiful family, my daughters and my wife, dearly while I’m away. There’s also significant …

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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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