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“Improve Your Office Day” with Telecommute for a Better World

What would you do to improve your office? Buy a round of donuts? Add a plant to your desk? Put up a colorful calendar? Or put on your slippers, brew a cup of coffee and get to work? It’s Improve Your Office Day here in the U.S. and the Meetings Experts at PGi aren’t surprised by a recent study by …

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The Coworking Revolution

Mobile technology has fundamentally shifted the way people think about work and where they get their work done. Smartphones and virtual meeting products have enabled professionals in every realm of business to be productive, make an impact and still stay connected in ways never experienced before. Our views of the traditional workplace are fading away and being replaced with a …

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Work is a Beach: Are Workations Our Doom or Our Freedom?

You can run, but you can’t hide. Just 15 years ago, vacation was an escape from the daily nine-to-five grind. The unplugged era is over, folks. Welcome to the age of the “workation.” We’ve all had that perfect vacation planned. A week–long trek through Italy, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, lounging on white sand beaches or Christmas with the family. …

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Digital Nomad Tip #10: Invest in Better Mobile Meetings

You might be 5,000 miles away, but no one has to know about it. As Sci-Fi technology comes to life, business professionals and Domestic CEOs alike can take location out of the conversation and conduct business wherever and whenever. As someone who is constantly looking for better ways to connect with work and family while on the go, having a …

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Day 5 Georgia Telework Week: Closing the Loop Between Home and the Office

It’s the fifth and final day of my Georgia Telework Week experiment – what a fantastic day! Thank you to the Clean Air Campaign, Governor Deal, PGi and the hundreds of companies that sponsored this week. Telework and video conferencing are top priorities for businesses this year and telecommuting showed me the importance of both as we look toward the …

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Day Two of Georgia Telework Week: Claiming Better Work-Life Balance

It’s the second day of my Georgia Telework Week challenge. Today, I did something I haven’t done in 10 years – I stole 45 glorious minutes for myself before kicking off my workday. Instead of heading into Atlanta’s bumper-to-bumper traffic, I got my kids on the school bus, took my dog for a walk and still connected to work 45 …

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How teleworking is transforming

Telecommuting, which has been around since the 1970s, has become an increasingly popular work practice. However, forty years of technological advancements, worldwide interconnectivity, and sky-rocketing adoption rates has transformed what it means to “work from home” in the new millennium. Today’s generation of workers, recognizing that the flexibility and productivity associated with working offsite extends beyond the home office, are …

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Web Therapy: It’s for Real… on Showtime

More proof that video conferencing is everywhere: Web Therapy on Showtime. Lisa Kudrow, of Friends‘ fame, stars as a passive aggressive therapist who can’t bear to meet with her clients in person. Instead she performs her shrink duties via video chat. The show is hilarious. The characters are slightly bent. And the use of video for therapy isn’t that far …

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Digital Nomad Tip #2: Omnipresence. A Special Power for the Rest of Us.

At PGi we’re bringing Star Wars-like technology to life. Thanks to our cloud-based, virtual meeting solutions GlobalMeet® and iMeet® I think we’re fairly close. With a click of the mouse, I can meet face-to-face with my global team in my iMeet Room regardless of where I’m located, get txt reminders when someone is waiting on me and even join via video …

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Coworking Space Finds Relationship Solution in iMeet

Video conferencing technology allows people from all industries to connect with customers and clients, regardless of geography. PGi’s virtual meeting solution, iMeet, both simplifies and augments the video conferencing experience through a streamlined interface. iMeet’s versatility and diverse business applications made it the ideal choice for our new partner, thinkspace. A small innovative company, thinkspace provides coworking spaces for freelancers, …

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Facebook unveils energy efficiency secrets

Facebook’s ‘Open Compute’ project promises one-third less energy consumption and a new open standard to help IT companies go green. Facebook it seems has turned ‘quantum leaping’ into a way of life. Having changed the web forever with its open API (which made possible that now ubiquitous little blue “Like” button), the social networking behemoth wants to do the same …

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Creating Business Efficiency with Green Practices

If you find yourself wanting to go “green” within your organization but ask if it costs more money than it saves, you aren’t alone. Many companies struggle with the practical implementation of environmentally conscious choices, even when the desire exists. To spend, we must defend, as my own mentors wisely guide me. When companies can tie increased efficiency to business …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 3: Telecommuting

People have begun to see the impact telecommuting can make on our overall carbon footprint and are realizing that working from home can help the planet. Because telecommuting reduces carbon fuel consumption, air pollution and traffic congestion by decreasing the number of cars on the road, environmentalists strongly recommend this simple, effective solution. According to a survey commissioned by the …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 2: Impact on Flying

As business develops its reach globally, air travel has increasingly become a necessity rather than a luxury. And yet, climate-change activists around the world are paradoxically reaching out, encouraging consumers around the world to reduce their carbon footprint caused by commercial aviation and find alternative solutions. Air travel contributes to approximately two to three percent of global carbon emissions, but …

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Carbon Footprint Series Part 1: Impact on Driving

Concerns over the environment and the impact human beings have on it—individually and as businesses—grow steadily and have become increasingly complex. It often seems that the more information we have on environmental issues, the less we understand them. Each environmental demand put on the planet is measured in terms of its carbon footprint, defined by the UK Carbon Trust as …

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Telecommuting During the Snowpocalypse

In recent weeks, icy storms have swept the country. Dallas, Texas, felt colder than Anchorage, Alaska, last week, allowing many southerners to discover the art of building a snowman. Both private and public transportation can easily be impaired during winter storms; worse, drivers often learn the hard way how dangerous it is to drive on icy roads. However, weather difficulties …

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Work from Anywhere: Because I Want to Help My Employer, the Economy and the Environment

According to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers ‚Äî Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (PDF) ‚Äî published in March 2010, many companies overlook the benefits of implementing flexible workplace policies for their employees. Flexible workplace arrangements can include job sharing, phased retirement of older workers, and telecommuting. These practices allow workers to continue making productive …

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Why I need to work from anywhere: Banks, Physical Therapy, Doctor’s Appointments and Everyone Else You Have to Work Around

Have you ever noticed that you always have to go out of your way to make it to the bank on time? You’re always the one who has to leave in the middle of your day to visit the doctor? It’s like everyone in financial and health services has decided their hours are going to be 9-5 only (with a …

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Why I need to work from anywhere: Because I am visiting the In-laws

EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra “quietness” to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today’s world! Ok for the record, I love my in-laws. …

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Hi Boss- A Gigantic Plume of Volcanic Ash Is Preventing Me From Attending Your Important Meeting

We all plan as much as much as we can. But sometimes, things simply happen that are out of our control. For example, the volcanic eruption in Iceland continues to ground hundreds of flights and strand thousands of passengers. According to CNN, Why Planes Should Stay Grounded, the disruption in air travel may continue for several days or even weeks …

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