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Two Years of Telecommuting: Learning the Importance of the Home Office

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Earth Day marks my two-year telecommuting anniversary and sitting here in my home office, just finishing a recent Buzzfeed article showcasing the famous home offices of creative geniuses, I find myself drooling over Nigella Lawson’s book-lined study.  For longer than I care to admit, my house has been undergoing an extensive remodel.  My current work space, now in transition if …

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How to Run a Paperless Office [Infographic]

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With Earth Month in full swing, we have had green officing on our minds quite a bit lately. The good folks over at MetroFax have put together this eye opening infographic regarding paper usage in offices. It also outlines how to make the switch to a more paperless lifestyle. iMeet makes going paperless easy with our built-in file cabinet that …

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5 Strategies to Best Utilize Apps to Run Your Small Business

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As a small business owner, remaining competitive is essential. New companies are constantly entering the market in every industry, and with higher tax rates and more regulation, if you’re not cutting-edge, you could find yourself at the back of the pack before long. One of the best ways to improve your business and keep up with the competition is through …

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5 places to work when you don’t want to work from home

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So, you’ve convinced your boss that you can be as productive, working from home. And that’s true – for the most part. But there are times, when the temptation of the TV set, the call of the cookie jar, the chiding of the house chores, becomes too much for even the most disciplined of homeworkers. That’s when I pack up …

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Remote Managers: 5 Ways to Inspire Greatness When You Aren’t There

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One of the foundational roles of a great leader is to build trust—between himself and his team and among his coworkers. Remote managers are faced with unique challenges: they must create an atmosphere of trust, inspire employee integrity and actively lead teams in spite of working out of the office most—if not all—of the time. Effective communication is essential to …

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Study reveals that entrepreneurs think differently

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Entrepreneurs are often out-of-the-box thinkers but a new study reveals that they use both sides of their brain in the decision-making process. When you look at an entrepreneur like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, it would be safe to assume that he thinks differently. It would also be safe to assume that most entrepreneurs, especially the successful ones, also think differently. …

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Telecommuting, the ultimate green job?

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Green jobs. You hear all about them lately, but what are they, exactly? This is where the problem lies; there is no concrete definition of a green job and if you ask five different people to define it, you’ll likely get five different answers. Just look at Jonathan Kesselman’s “On the Streets – Green Jobs” episode as evidence. Defining green …

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Boomers for Hire: Why Older Workers Can Make Great Job Candidates

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With job growth accelerating, many small businesses are hunting for talented, experienced and affordable hires. And, increasingly, many are finding this skill set among retired Baby Boomers, who want to head back to work—either full-time or part-time—in a second or “encore” career. In fact, Encore.org, a nonprofit that provides resources to make it easier for people to pursue jobs with meaning and continued income …

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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Mobility on Each Device

The bell has rung on the first two rounds of our Laptops vs Tablets match, in which we help you decide which is the best device for you and the way you work. Mature contender the laptop won on apps, whereas newcomer the tablet won on design. It’s the third and final round – and we’re looking at mobility: which …

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March Madness: The Nemesis of Work Productivity [INFOGRAPHIC]

March Madness is here, and the upsets are already making news. But for businesses and workers all over the U.S., the upset oftens take place in the office in the form of work productivity. According to a recent PGi infographic, an astounding 86% of people who plan to watch the popular NCAA basketball tournament games will do so during the …

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Stop these 7 non-verbal behaviors that are killing your career

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Non-verbal behaviors—the involuntary physical and vocal nuances that accompany verbal communication—transmit subtle messages that influence how others interpret our words. Researchers estimate that nonverbal communication represents two-thirds of the total communication we engage in with others. In today’s open work spaces, half-walled cube farms and cramped meeting rooms, office employees are constantly engaged in non-verbal communications. How can we ensure …

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What are the cost savings of telecommuting?

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Businesses are achieving significant cost savings by implementing a productive telecommuting workforce. In fact, according to the Telework Research Network, nearly 6 out of 10 employers identify cost savings as a notable benefit from telecommuting. Savings come from the obvious elements, including reduced office space costs and technology costs, but also from unlikely cost centers for both the employer and …

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5 Things Working Moms and Working Dads Need from Employers Right Now

Today, I’m sitting at home with my sick buddy, incredibly grateful to work for a boss and a company that gets the working parent shtick: kids get sick—and so do we. With all the telecommuting hullabaloo sweeping through the media today, ignited by the Yahoo! telework ban, I started thinking. Is there a list of working moms and dads’ must-haves …

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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Design on Each Device

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It’s round two of our Laptop vs Tablet battle, in which we help you decide which is the best device for you and the way you work. Last time, it was app-to-app action, as we pitted laptop software against tablet software. Despite iPad-maker Apple’s claims that there’s “an app for that”, it was laptops that came out top, winning the …

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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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Telecommuting Across the Generations: eBook & Infographic

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In the new eBook, The Yin + Yang of Telecommuting, author Lea Green explores the shift in the workplace as more and more Millennial workers enter the workforce. The eBook, sponsored by PGi, a global leader in conferencing and collaboration, explores the pros and cons of telecommuting and how both workers and businesses can find balance. The first infographics, Generational …

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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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Bert’s Big Adventure and PGi: Bringing Magical Moments to Atlanta’s Children

Since 2002, Bert’s Big Adventure has provided a lifetime of magical moments for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. PGi was honored to join in the adventure for the second year in a row as we help this incredible organization make the dreams of these worthy children come true. Teaming up with Atlanta’s popular Bert Show, PGi joined …

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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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Work is Not a Place: PGi Founder, Chairman, CEO Boland Jones on Flexible Work and Collaboration

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Earlier this year, our friends at Plantronics hosted their Smarter Working Event in San Francisco, CA, and PGi was on hand to demo our integration between the Plantronics Voyager Legend™ UC headset and iMeet®. A highlight of the event was the Smarter Working panel, where influential analysts, bloggers and executives, including PGi CEO Boland T. Jones, discussed everything from the …

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