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What Information Workers are Spending on BYOD

The BYOD trend continues to grow and an increasing number of employees are spending their own money on technology. Just how do those costs break down? Forrester’s Forrsights Workforce Employee Survey fielded just under 10,000 people located all over the world in companies and organizations of all different sizes. And for computers, smart phones, software and even apps, here’s what …

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Find Work-Life Balance with our New eBook: The Yin and Yang of Telecommuting

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Just in time to wrap up Telework Week, a topic many of us are discussing and want to learn more about: telecommuting. More than 100,000 people pledged to telecommute for at least part of this week, and last year, according to Mobile Work Exchange, 71% of the participating organizations and 75% of participating telecommuters saw an increase in productivity while …

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What’s the next step for sustainable business?

Sure, you’ve gotten rid of the Styrofoam cups and replaced them with reusable containers, you’re turning off lights and shutting down your computer monitors, and you’re even ramping up a telecommuting practice for your employees. Do these environmental successes have you wondering what’s next for corporate sustainability in your business? Corporate sustainability is one of the biggest drivers of positive …

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When to break the rules while telecommuting

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Telecommuting isn’t just about working at home, it’s also about making different choices in the way you spend your time. A rapidly growing approach to the 9-to-5 office grind, telecommuting offers a spectrum of flexible work alternatives that allow employees to realize increased productivity while enjoying a better quality of life. The drawbacks of driving your car back and forth …

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In honor of Presidents’ Day: What I’ve learned about meetings from politics

Presidents’ Day is about more than mattress sales and a holiday from work; it’s a time to reflect on our country’s history. Today—the day traditionally observed as the birthday of George Washington, Father of our Country—we honor the lives and legacies of all our country’s presidents. Because we at PGi like to sometimes connect noble inspirations and daily achievements, we …

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Six tips for a green Valentine’s Day

If you’re really committed to greening your Valentine’s Day, you’ll stay home on the couch, get sauced, and belt out angry/sappy love tunes in manner of Bridget Jones. Alas, not everyone can be a bitter singleton, and not even all bitter singletons enjoy a zero-emissions pity party. Here are some less hostile ways to green up the pink and red …

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PGi Supports Social Good Summit Austin’s Pilot Work From Home Day

Today, I am uniting with many other Austinites to increase awareness of telecommuting’s benefits. Social Good Summit Austin’s pilot Work From Home (WFH) Day is underway, and our city couldn’t be a more perfect place to support this initiative. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how ozone levels and carbon emissions due to traffic congestion decrease when a …

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How to collaborate remotely and make it work: perspectives for managers

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Telecommuting has recently been touted as one of the top four trends for 2013; oDesk CEO Gary Swart expands on this evolving work experience: It’s no secret that telecommuting, flexible work arrangements, distributed teams and even entirely virtual companies have exploded over the past few years. We’re bringing the work to the workers, reversing the almost antiquated model of bringing …

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Mobile collaboration: the future at your fingertips

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The new business market is pushing workers toward increasing mobility and availability, regardless of work location. IDC estimated that by the beginning of this year, “mobile workers” would comprise one-third of the world’s working population. According to the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance of technology vendors: “one important driver for the growth of unified communication is mobility …

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Meet the winner of PGi and MNN’s Room with a View contest

Alyson Lucy

Alyson Lucey and her husband, Sean, of Massachusetts will be traveling to Costa Rica in May to spend seven days at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, the country’s first certified sustainable hotel. A longtime fan of the Mother Nature Network, Alyson says MNN is her homepage and that she often spends hours reading articles on the website. …

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5 telecommuting challenges and how I solved them

Although I now work from home full-time, over the years I’ve telecommuted off and on. I like to reminisce about the good ol’ days, back in the 1990s, when I first started to work from home. Telecommuting was a lot different back then, but I thought of myself as a bit of a pioneer. Okay, I know calling myself a …

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The Role of Telecommuting During Super Storm Sandy

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Super Storm Sandy impacted thousands of knowledge workers along the Eastern coast. The widespread damage to and destruction of personal vehicles coupled with storm-paralyzed public transportation systems throughout seaboard cities left countless professionals stranded at home, isolated from their traditional professional environments. The storm also knocked out power to more than 8.1 million homes and businesses along the Eastern Seaboard, …

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Status meetings don’t have to be boring: Seven ways to bring your weekly meetings back to life

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Meetings, while a necessary part of the office environment, often cut into the available time workers have to keep up with daily workflow and stay on top of deadlines. When we invite team members to meetings that lack direction and vitality, their understandable boredom can easily cause resentments and frustration—and tarnish your credibility. To avoid being seen as the bad …

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Successful Job Interviews: 7 Essentials for the Most Important Meeting of Your Life

Job interviews are one of the most important professional meetings you’ll have in your career. They’re your chance to lay the foundation, to make first impressions and to win the job and enjoy future success within the organization. Here are some ways to prepare yourself for your time in the spotlight: Visualize your success. The key to any positive performance …

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Eight pop culture references to video conferencing

Once strictly reserved for Max Headroom, Marty McFly and the crew of the USS Enterprise, audio-video communications technology — videophones, webcams, videoconferencing, telepresence and the like — is now as ubiquitous as once-far-out contraptions such as microwave ovens and laptop computers. Although now a standard method of communicating with friends and loved ones in distant locales and conducting business in …

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Recycle your technology: green ways to get rid of cell phones and chargers

With the death or upgrade of every cellphone comes the inevitable question of what to do with the phone and its accouterments. It’s easy to end up with a drawer of tangled cords, dead batteries and other components, promising yourself that you’ll deal with it someday, but why not turn over a new leaf? You can do a lot of …

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AT&T launches eco-rating system

In February AT&T announced that it would be bringing an eco-rating system to market. Certain AT&T-branded mobile devices would feature an eco-rating label so customers could not only compare product specifications among devices but also compare the environmental footprint of these same devices. Yesterday, the eco-rating system debuted at stores across the country. The system rates a product on 15 …

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iMeet is the Video Answer for Collaboration Experts X4 Solutions

PGi Partner—X4 Solutions, a master distributor for a range of business services—uses iMeet to provide their customers with a low-cost, highly effective video conferencing platform enabling collaboration and communication regardless of geography. And with offices dispersed all over the country, the X4 team also uses iMeet internally to stay connected and engaged. Listen to Curt Allen, President of X4 Solutions, …

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Green your workplace for America Recycles Day 2012

The 2012 Keep America Beautiful America Recycles Day (ARD) is still a few months away, November 15, but event registration is now open. Organizations that register an event now will have early access to a variety of materials including a best practices guide, recycling swag, activity ideas and more. According to Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day “celebrates the benefits of …

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Top 7 Must-Haves for the Mobile Worker

The number of mobile and remote workers is increasing every day, though quantifying exactly how many people work from home is impossible. Are you officially a teleworker if you work from home occasionally—say, once a week—or must you commit to a daily practice? According to the Telework Research Network, 40% of U.S. employees (approximately 50 million) hold jobs that that …

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