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Which Came First: the Team or the Culture?

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When interviewing potential new hires for my team, “culture” is a term that comes up quite often. Candidates (particularly younger candidates and Millennials) are very interested in a team’s culture and its impact on the work environment. And for HR and hiring managers, finding someone who is a good “cultural fit” is one of the most important yet difficult-to-define objectives …

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New Infographic: Studies Reveal Real Benefits of Teamwork & Business Collaboration

Companies are constantly adapting to provide the most efficient and productive work environments for their employees. In the newest infographic from PGi, “From Me to We,” studies and industry thought leaders reveal that the real benefits of teamwork and collaboration are different across industries, businesses and even generations. *Infographic* Studies Reveal the Real Benefits of Teamwork in Business from PGi …

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Your Team is Connected, but are They Connecting?

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There’s no doubt that most teams in the corporate world are connected 24/7 thanks to modern technology. From smart calendar apps to help keep track of appointments and projects to joining online meetings, all of our workplace tasks can be handled right in the palm of our hand. Because of these great business collaboration tools, you’ve conquered the first hurdle …

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4 Remote Team Pitfalls and Collaboration Solutions to Avoid Them

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Establishing a remote team is your opportunity to work with the best beyond boundaries, take steps towards the virtual workplace of the future and promote work-life balance and flexibility that takes worker productivity to new heights. However, remote teams often fail when the proper infrastructure and collaboration solutions aren’t in place. Leading to poor productivity and project management, common pitfalls …

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The Increasing Importance of Virtual Meetings for Team Building

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Team building is a challenge. Getting different personalities to work and succeed together is a task in itself, but with the addition of distance and physical barriers, team building becomes increasingly more difficult, as well as increasingly more important. Without ongoing communication and tools like virtual meetings, virtual teams cannot develop cohesive work relationships, and in turn, group goals suffer. …

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[eBook] Unlock the Teamwork Dream in Your Organization

Teamwork eBook

Collaboration is everything to modern businesses, and one of the most important areas where collaboration shines is creating and connecting teams. Fostering effective teamwork is one of the keys to productivity and business success, but changing workstyles, evolving technologies and an increasing number of remote and flexible workers have created a dramatic shift in teamwork dynamics. Are you equipped to …

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Quiz: Does Your Virtual Team Show You Love?

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If your virtual team had a collective pulse, would it be a strong gallop or a weak thud? Healthy working relationships matter just as much, if not more, for remote workers to efficiently reach group goals. However, these teams face a slew of communication barriers, from missing body language cues to unstructured project management. These obstacles make collaboration difficult, let …

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5 Videos to Reignite Your Team’s Creative Collaboration

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Ever feel like your team’s circling the same old ideas, stuck in a creative rut? It happens. When you’re brainstorming and problem solving together on a regular basis, it’s easy to fall into the same ways of thinking and approaching ideas. Take a look at these five videos to reignite your team’s creative collaboration process and accelerate innovation. 1. Make Everyone Uncomfortable: …

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The Importance of an Unproductive Team

The importance of an unproductive team

Yes, that’s actually my team up there. And yes, we’re actually like that. I’m just going to come out and say it: I love my team. We’re a tight-knit group of creative, intelligent, savvy weirdos and we don’t care who knows it. Being part of a team that you feel connected to and engaged with can play a huge role …

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How to Show Gratitude to Your Remote Team

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I’ve never ascribed to the notion that my team should be thankful for being employed, or that they somehow owe me or the company a debt for giving them a job. Rather, I endeavor to surround myself with people that humble me with their contributions and skills, people that I am thankful to have the pleasure to know and work …

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3 Virtual Team Building Activities for Happier Holidays

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As we try to bring a little extra gratitude into the workplace this month, our thoughts turn to all of the great events that mark the holiday season in the workplace: holiday parties, team get-togethers, But what about virtual teams? With the increasing prevalence of flexible and remote work opportunities, teams can be more dispersed than ever before, across town …

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Telecommuting Tips: Building Rapport on Virtual Teams

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Workplace trends show that telecommuting is the future of work, but separated by miles, virtual teams struggle to develop working relationships. Without conversational moments by the break room microwave, or a cubicle neighbor to borrow a highlighter, how do virtual teams build rapport` Telecommuting Tips: Becoming More Successful & Trustworthy Virtual teams are beneficial and even critical to some businesses. To be …

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Identify Your Team’s “Collaboration Styles” for Better Productivity

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As the manager of a team of professionals, there are a lot of questions I constantly have to ask myself. How do I get the most out of my team? How do I help them work together more effectively and be more productive? How do I challenge them to develop, both personally and professionally? While there are many potential ways …

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There May Not Be an “I” in Team, But There’s a “Me”

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You know the saying, “there’s no ‘I’ in team.” Well, not so fast. There is a “me” in team, and teamwork isn’t just about the unit as a whole anymore. What You Know About Teams Is Wrong You start the day together, sit together, meet together, eat together and go home together. Like a rowing crew, everything your team does …

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The Modern Retreat: Meet Your Virtual Team on Workation

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The dreaded workation crams work into employees’ personal time off, but there’s another version of the workation that can be energizing and productive for the entire business: the company-planned workation. The traditional company workation (a.k.a. the corporate retreat) brings to mind team-building activities in the woods and executives talking strategy on the golf course, but the latest work trends in …

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Combat Summer Slow-Down with 5 Team Building Ideas

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Companies across the United States are implementing seasonal flex days and short weeks to remedy the so-called summer slow-down. Between the kids being out of school and your colleagues showing off photos of their fabulous vacations, it’s easy to see why summer is known for lower office productivity. If “Summer Fridays” are not on this summer’s agenda there are many …

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5 Awesome Virtual Team Building Activities

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To create a successful and efficient virtual team, everyone must work together as a whole in spite of distance. Each person on the team or in the business will have their differences, but those that look past each other’s differences and focus on the accomplishments of the entire group will thrive. Using quality virtual meeting software enables each employee or team …

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5 Telecommuting Tips that Will Keep You Connected with Your Team

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Telecommuting has gained in popularity and shows no signs of slowing down. Thanks to tools like virtual meetings software, colleagues are able to collaborate face-to-face even if they are part of a geographically dispersed group. Unfortunately, after a while, some remote workers begin to feel disconnected from the rest of their team. Try these five tips to keep your remote …

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Evolve or Die Part 2: Teamwork and Collaboration Across Departments

In a previous post, I explained how today’s prospects are more educated and savvy than ever before. Which means sales professionals have to be better prepared to have more meaningful conversations that will help lead to a sale. Today, I’d like to share how teamwork and collaboration can also help sales reps survive and thrive in the changing landscape. Evolve …

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5 Fun Ways to Keep Remote Teams Connected and Happy

It is not uncommon for companies to have offices in multiple locations around the country or even the world. This sometimes results in geographically dispersed teams. Although working in separate locations may cut down on impromptu face-to-face time, technology allows us to stay connected in other ways. Here are five fun ways to keep your remote teams connected and happy: …

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