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The Power of Saying ‘Good Morning’ to Your Virtual Team

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Saying “Good morning!” is something you do without thinking in the office but quickly forget when you’re working from home. But greeting your teammates is one of the best morning routines you can establish for virtual team building. Here’s why those two little words are such a powerful start to your workday: 1. It helps you establish a morning routine. A …

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Types of Flex Work

Flexible work arrangements give employees the freedom they need to successfully balance their personal and professional lives. There are several different types of flexible work arrangements. Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are 12 of the most common types of flex work: [slideshare id=38001135&doc=typesofflexworkpgi-140814132216-phpapp01] 1. Compressed Work Employees work a 40-hour work week in less than the traditional …

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4 Essentials for Your Home Office

Whether your work from home full time or just one day a week, it’s important to have the right space and tools for your home office. You want to make sure you have a working space where you are comfortable and free of distractions. Here are 4 essentials that every home office needs. 1.      Peace and quiet Offices are not …

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Telework Week Survey Reveals that Telecommuting is Here to Stay

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Telecommuting is an important force within today’s shift in business and personal life. As businesses and workers celebrate Telework Week 2014, employers and employees will make commitments to increase telecommuting and productivity, while decreasing commute times and stress. And the results are exciting indicators of how work is evolving from four walls to anywhere freedom, despite several highly publicized bans …

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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 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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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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6 Reasons Why Your Small Business Might Benefit from Freelance Workers

If your small business is growing much more quickly than you expected—or you temporarily need help from professionals with specialized skills—freelance workers might be a smart option for you. Here’s why: Flexible labor and benefits costs. Hiring a full-time employee with benefits can be a big commitment for any small business — but hiring freelancers may be a more flexible choice. “When …

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How Plantronics Promotes Collaboration and Telecommuting Through Design

I recently came across a video featuring our good friends at Plantronics. In it, SmartPlanet takes a look at how Plantronics has radically redesigned its aging office spaces to promote collaboration and provide flexible working environments for its employees through the use of vibrant colors, multiple desk options and open design principles. Collaborative spaces are lit with natural light through …

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How Telecommuting and Workations Help Small Business Succeed

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How do telecommuting and workations work together to help employees and small business owners in particular find a healthier work-life balance? As smart phones and other mobile devices have rooted themselves in our lives, we have become tethered to work. Undeniably, it has become almost impossible to separate work life from home life the way generations before us lived. Now …

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7 Tips for Work-Life Balance When You Work Where You Live

Working from home has all sorts of benefits — no daily commute, no work wardrobe to maintain, a stocked kitchen for your choice of lunches, and of course, a more flexible work environment that you’re free to control. But your home office may also hide some pitfalls that can easily distract you from being productive. On the flipside, working and …

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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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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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Have we reached the telework tipping point?

Telework Week 2012 was a resounding success. Telework Week 2012 was March 5-9, 2012 and participation in this year’s event was up, significantly, over last year. The increased participation prompted one Telework Exchange blogger to ponder the question, “Have we reached the telework tipping point?” Josh Sawislak is referencing Malcolm Gladwell’s bestselling book The Tipping Point. A tipping point is …

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Telecommuting and the planet

To many workers, telecommuting seems ideal. Work from home, and you can say goodbye to long, frustrating commutes during rush hour, save money on gas, avoid distractions and trade in stuffy suits for loungewear. The hardest part about becoming a teleworker may be convincing your boss that it’s a good idea in the first place. But as more employers have …

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How to stay motivated while working from home

Working from home can be a blessing and a curse. The temptation to work on the couch in your pajamas is strong, and the procrastination possibilities seem endless.  In addition, there’s the potential to work all day, every day, never separating time on the job from time with the family. David Katz began telecommuting for Climatronics in 1990 to work …

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‘Human cloud’ of workers already taking shape

Two-thirds of workers expect their offices to go fully virtual within the next few years, a survey found. Virtualization makes cloud computing possible, productive and profitable. Many businesses large and small think it can do the same thing for work by creating a human cloud based on virtual collaboration, according to a new survey. For some workers, that day is already …

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PGi’s Top 10 Teleworking Articles for the Mobile Workforce

Happy Chinese New Year from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Last night Will and I welcomed the auspicious year of the dragon in the heart of Kuala Lumpur surrounded by old friends, good food and new traditions. As we look forward to a prosperous 2012, we want to set our fellow teleworkers (and teleworker wannabes) up for a successful year of mobile …

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