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Five Apps That Help Improve Productivity While Working From Home

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Studies show that working from home can keep remote workers happier, healthier and more efficient. Telecommuting programs help reduce stress and absenteeism, according to the second annual telecommuting survey issued by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. Fifty-three percent of business decision makers,  surveyed by Staples Advantage  also said telecommuting increases employee productivity. Want to make sure you …

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3 Best Practices for Productive Meetings from Anywhere

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With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets and easy, global access to cloud-based web conferencing tools like iMeet and GlobalMeet, our meetings have officially shed the shackles of the conference room. Just this week, I’ve been on meetings with team members at their home offices, in airport terminals and at their local coffee shops, and these meetings are just as high …

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Prioritize User Experience and Become Your Company’s IT Hero

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When considering the purchase of a new software solution for their company, IT departments and IT leaders have a lot of masters to serve. How secure is it? Does it integrate with existing systems and infrastructure? And of course, how much does it cost? During this balancing act, it can be easy to forget who’s going to be sitting in …

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How Powerful Mobile Apps are Influencing Work

iMeet for Android Smartphones

According to a recent report by analytics firm Flurry, 80% of the time that we spend on our mobile devices is consumed by the app, compared to just 20% spent surfing the web. While there is some wiggle room in numbers like these (consider, for example, how many apps let you surf the web from within the app itself), the …

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New, Cool and Downright Weird Green Tech

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The seemingly endless technological innovation in today’s society is constantly making our gadgets and software faster, smaller, more powerful and more functional. However, the pursuit of green tech innovations is one of the noblest, as some of our brightest minds tackle issues of renewable energy, recyclable materials, sustainable production and waste reduction. As 2013’s Earth Week draws to a close, …

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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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Losing to Gain: Change Your Business Habits or Become Obsolete

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Recently, I embarked on the most physically challenging three weeks of my life. I had decided to make a drastic personal change and engage in a vegan, gluten-free diet for three weeks to cleanse my system. I knew I wanted to become healthier, to lose weight and to live longer, but I was stuck in a cycle of bad habits. …

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The Changing Face of the Conference Call: How Toll Free is Costing You

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When we talk about the evolution of audio, web and video conferencing today, there are a lot of innovations we tend to focus on: sleek mobile apps, HD video streaming, cloud storage, etc. However, there is a very basic, fundamental change taking place in conferencing today as a result of several of these innovations that is often overlooked. With automatic …

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Android 101: Demystifying 3 of Android’s Buzzwords

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I tend to catch a lot of flak at work for my recently developed Google fanboyism, my insistence that Google+ really isn’t a ghost town and that Google Glass, albeit admittedly goofy looking at the moment has the potential to cause a dramatic shift towards wearable technology. And this flak isn’t particularly surprising; despite Android™’s growth, Apple maintains a firm …

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Communication Redefined: 5 Unique Communication Apps for Your Smartphone and Tablet

iMeet for Android

As smartphones and tablets continue to dominate as our new computing devices of choice, application development has become a big and innovative business. Thanks to easier, less expensive development cycles, creativity in app development abounds — small start-ups and large companies alike are pushing the boundaries of mobile apps, creating new and unique ways to manage nearly every aspect of …

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Five Tips for Managing Employees Remotely

Everyone who manages employees knows there is value in being on site. Hands-on direct participation by managers helps ensure the team is running at its best. When I first became a manager, I was concerned that I could do the job effectively since I am a remote worker. I was afraid my physical absence would impede the team’s progress, but …

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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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Android Users, Rejoice: iMeet for Android Smartphones Arrives

iMeet for Android

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the explosion of Android™ smartphones. In 2012, Android accounted for almost 70% of the global smartphone market. Recently, Samsung’s marketing blitz for its Galaxy S3 and Note II devices have paid huge dividends in promoting awareness of the Android OS, moving devices and generating levels of hype once exclusively reserved …

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6 Interview Questions for Your Next Video Interview

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If you think about it, a good job interview is an exercise in psychology. Both parties have goals in mind: one is looking to put their best professional and personal foot forward while the other is looking to ensure an excellent working and cultural fit within an established team or organization. In an ideal interview, both parties are well-researched and …

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The Road to Instant Collaboration: Connect Me, Auto-Connect and the Death of the Passcode

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Take a moment and think about all of the things you could do, right this very second, with a single tap on that smartphone in your pocket. You can see what all of your friends are doing, right now, in real-time. You can send a message to anyone you know, anywhere in the world. You can video chat with someone. …

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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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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Apps on Each Device

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If you’re in the market for a new mobile computer, choosing between a laptop and a tablet is becoming an increasingly difficult decision. Mobility, apps and design are all serious considerations when parting with your hard-earned cash. Or maybe it’s your company’s cash, and it has a BYOD policy, in which case security is also a serious consideration. And the …

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Seven Virtual Tools That Will Keep You Happy at Work

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A recent article on Fast Company detailed the Secrets of America’s Happiest Companies. Did you know that, according to Gallup, the U.S. economy loses $350 billion a year simply from disengaged (read: unhappy) workers? Who knew frowns could be so costly! Fear not, however; there are several virtual tools you can use to increase your happiness at work. Whether it’s …

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Ten Nonverbal Cues for Virtual Recruiters (or, The Virtual Firm Handshake)

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For job seekers, extensive preparation is spent on their verbal responses. They research the company, its industry and even its hiring managers while also prepping for some of the traditional, trickier interview questions. However, recruiters rely heavily on nonverbal cues as well, which studies have shown make up as much as 93% of our conveyed message. In a virtual interview …

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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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