Telecommuting

“Two Sides of the Telecommuting Coin”: A Telecommuting Checklist for Remote Workers and Their Managers

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As the popularity of remote work continues to trend upwards, the particular trials and tribulations of the telecommuter become more defined. But the spotlight is often placed on the plight of the remote worker, which fails to examine the other side of the telecommuting equation. PGi’s Two Sides of the Telecommuting Coin: Remote Work Tips for Teleworkers and Their Managers is …

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7 Home Office Essentials You Can’t Live Without

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When it comes to working from home, your environment can have a marked effect on your ability to be productive. The good news is that you don’t have to be a feng shui master to create a home office that you love. With just a few simple tweaks and some strategic home office shopping, you can create a home office …

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2016 Global Telework Survey

By now, we are all familiar with the idea of telecommuting, and rightly so. In a 2015 Gallup poll, it was found that telecommuting has seen a 37 percent rise in popularity in the last decade. But let’s stop and think for a second. If remote work is so popular, why are commute times still outrageous? Why are some companies …

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7 Myths of Remote Work, Debunked

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As telecommuting grows in popularity and prevalence, the misconceptions and myths associated with telecommuting grow as well. If you’ve never worked remotely, you might not be able to discern fact from fiction when it comes to the realities of telecommuting. Let’s debunk the seven biggest myths of remote work once and for all so you can know the truth about telecommuting. …

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How to Build Trust on Virtual Teams

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Remember the trust falls you used to do as a team-building exercise at summer camp? Now imagine the people catching you in a trust fall are people you’ve never met in real life. You probably wouldn’t feel too safe stepping off that ledge. When it comes to virtual relationships, establishing trust can be incredibly difficult, but for remote workers, building …

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Providing a Collaborative Edge for Remote and In-Person Teams

Flexible and remote work are both on the rise, and as a result it’s easy to see why there’s so much business demand for collaboration solutions, such as web and video conferencing and online team workspaces. The new virtual team needs intuitive, integrated and centralized ways to communicate quickly, share documents and manage their various projects. However, collaboration software isn’t …

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3 Tips for Convincing Your Company’s Leadership to Embrace Flexible Work Options

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For weeks (or maybe even months), you’ve been regaling your boss with the many benefits of remote work. But as much as you’ve been trying to get him to adopt a more flexible work mindset, he’s still stuck in traditional office operating mode. If you’re itching to work from home, these three tips for convincing your company’s leadership to embrace flexible work …

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12 Earth Day Quotes to Celebrate Mother Nature

Holiday celebrations in the workplace are a great way to break up the monotony of the work week. Earth Day allows us to celebrate the beauty of our planet while actively working to preserve that beauty for future generations. So utilize Earth Day as an opportunity to do some good. Make today a print-free work day. Have a waste-free lunch. …

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2016 Future of Business Collaboration eBook

Collaboration is the heart of businesses everywhere, and it’s much more than solutions or products—it’s the combination of people, tools and technology working seamlessly together to help people communicate and work more effectively. This year’s Future of Business Collaboration eBook focuses on just that–the idea that technology is evolving to help create a more employee-focused workplace, and to help workers …

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New Flexible Work Policy? How to Get Your Team on Board

Even though your company plans on sticking with its brick-and-mortar roots, it wants to adopt a more modern way of conducting business. One of the ways it plans to achieve that is by adopting a flexible work policy in which staffers will have the ability to customize their workday based on the needs of the company, as well as their …

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Customer Insight Series: A Lesson on the Benefits of Telework

At PGi, we love insights—especially those from our customers. We love learning more about what their daily lives as knowledge workers are like, how they use collaboration technology and more. Understanding our customers not only gives us a peek into how we can create new features or completely new products to address common pain points, but it also gives us …

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The Life of a Digital Nomad: 4 Tips for a Better Life

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If your job requires a lot of travel time, then you know the challenges you face when it comes to working remote. Where it’s staying connected, trying to access files, or sometimes, just finding a decent Wi-Fi signal, there are a lot of bumps in the road when you’re always working on the road. But being a “digital nomad” has …

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6 Ways to Inspire and Motivate Virtual Teams

One of today’s most prevalent trends in the workplace is the emergence of the virtual team.  More and more people are working outside the office, while still being held accountable for the same responsibilities, workloads, and deliverables as before. These teams of teleworkers often face much more complexity than traditional teams due to the differences in schedules, time zones, and …

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Pros and Cons of the New Era of Telework

Recently, PGi conducted a survey of knowledge workers around the world on the subject of telecommuting. Out of over 3,000 workers surveyed, an overwhelming majority (79%) have the opportunity to work remotely at least one day a week. Our survey also shed light on both the perceived benefits and negatives of telecommuting around the globe. While anecdotal evidence, the numbers …

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5 Interesting Flexible Jobs in Marketing and Sales

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Whether you’re a gainfully employed marketing maven or a sales phenom, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out on what types of jobs are out there. If you’re in the market (no pun intended) for a new marketing or sales job, these five interesting flexible jobs in marketing and sales just might pique your interest! Digital Marketing …

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Challenges of Working Remote and How to Beat Them

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Being a remote worker has its advantages. No commuting, more time to get errands done, better productivity and more. But there are some challenges that a full or part-time remote worker has to accept when they come on board into their position. Check out a few of the challenges of working remote and how they can be beat: Daily Distractions …

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How to Manage Vacations of Global Teams

Today’s global workforce spans many countries, cultures and perspectives. As this rapidly growing network of disparate workers becomes more interconnected into our organizations via telecommuting, the challenge of managing the complexity of holiday traditions, vacations and time off exponentially increases. Despite our ability to connect with the global marketplace, many of us remain wholly unfamiliar in the cultures and customs …

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Culture is the Key to Work-Life Balance

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Collaboration can be the gateway to work-life balance, true, but it can also lead to an environment where workers are expected to be constantly connected. The fact of the matter is that the technology in our lives has created a scenario where we’re inclined to check our phones at all hours of the night. It’s become engrained into our collective …

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The Manager’s Guide to Flexible Work Options

Gone are the days when employers thought flexible work options were only beneficial to employees. Sure, flex is a win/win for employees, since it allows them to work remotely (no more commuting!), save money (i.e., by not having to buy lunches, office attire, commuting costs, etc.), and gives them the ultimate in work-life balance, allowing them to customize their schedule …

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Flexible Teams

There’s just something about a new year that inspires almost everyone to make their resolutions. But as an employer, you should also create some resolutions for your company, too, particularly if you have a flexible or distributed team. Here are just five New Year’s resolutions to get you started: Set them up for success. During the previous calendar year, you …

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