Telecommuting

5 Things Working Moms and Working Dads Need from Employers Right Now

Today, I’m sitting at home with my sick buddy, incredibly grateful to work for a boss and a company that gets the working parent shtick: kids get sick—and so do we. With all the telecommuting hullabaloo sweeping through the media today, ignited by the Yahoo! telework ban, I started thinking. Is there a list of working moms and dads’ must-haves …

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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Design on Each Device

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It’s round two of our Laptop vs Tablet battle, in which we help you decide which is the best device for you and the way you work. Last time, it was app-to-app action, as we pitted laptop software against tablet software. Despite iPad-maker Apple’s claims that there’s “an app for that”, it was laptops that came out top, winning the …

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What Information Workers are Spending on BYOD

The BYOD trend continues to grow and an increasing number of employees are spending their own money on technology. Just how do those costs break down? Forrester’s Forrsights Workforce Employee Survey fielded just under 10,000 people located all over the world in companies and organizations of all different sizes. And for computers, smart phones, software and even apps, here’s what …

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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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Telecommuting Across the Generations: eBook & Infographic

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In the new eBook, The Yin + Yang of Telecommuting, author Lea Green explores the shift in the workplace as more and more Millennial workers enter the workforce. The eBook, sponsored by PGi, a global leader in conferencing and collaboration, explores the pros and cons of telecommuting and how both workers and businesses can find balance. The first infographics, Generational …

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Find Work-Life Balance with our New eBook: The Yin and Yang of Telecommuting

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Just in time to wrap up Telework Week, a topic many of us are discussing and want to learn more about: telecommuting. More than 100,000 people pledged to telecommute for at least part of this week, and last year, according to Mobile Work Exchange, 71% of the participating organizations and 75% of participating telecommuters saw an increase in productivity while …

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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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6 Alternative Workspaces for Digital Nomads

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The phrase “working from home” conjures up a picture of a person literally working from their home office, but that’s not always the case. Telecommuting, remote work, and virtual office are probably more appropriate terms because they offer the idea that people who work from home can also work from a variety of other locations. And of course, Digital Nomad …

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When to break the rules while telecommuting

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Telecommuting isn’t just about working at home, it’s also about making different choices in the way you spend your time. A rapidly growing approach to the 9-to-5 office grind, telecommuting offers a spectrum of flexible work alternatives that allow employees to realize increased productivity while enjoying a better quality of life. The drawbacks of driving your car back and forth …

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PGi Supports Social Good Summit Austin’s Pilot Work From Home Day

Today, I am uniting with many other Austinites to increase awareness of telecommuting’s benefits. Social Good Summit Austin’s pilot Work From Home (WFH) Day is underway, and our city couldn’t be a more perfect place to support this initiative. The purpose of the event is to demonstrate how ozone levels and carbon emissions due to traffic congestion decrease when a …

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How to Avoid Burn Out as a Flexible Worker

‘Working 9 to 5’ may have been a mantra for Dolly Parton in the 1980s, but fast forward to 2012 and an increasing number of us are now flexible workers, with considerably more control over our schedules. By 2015, 1.3 billion people will be working on the move. But when we keep our computers in our pockets, our work in …

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The World is Getting Smaller: How Tech is Enabling Business Collaboration on a Global Scale

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Next time you’re on a busy train or stuck in a line of traffic, remember this sobering thought: by 2015, there’ll be 7 billion people on the planet – that’s one heck of a busy train! 1.5 billion of those people will be mobile workers, some of whom are already using technology that brings us closer together and allows us …

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Continuing Education from Your Home Office

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You’ve got your business plan for 2013, have set some goals to grow, are hitting the ground running, but chances are you’ve neglected a very important area for growth. You. With all the demands of work and life, we tend to neglect the life side of the equation and even more often, ourselves. One way to stretch your mind 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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Tech Tools That Make Collaboration Easier

iMeet HD for iPad

At first glance, collaborating in today’s tech-centric business world can seem a bit daunting. How are you going to meet? How are you going to schedule it? How are you going to remember that you scheduled it? And how are you going to meet effectively to maximize the benefit of your collaboration, whether meeting with your team in the office …

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Mobile collaboration: the future at your fingertips

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The new business market is pushing workers toward increasing mobility and availability, regardless of work location. IDC estimated that by the beginning of this year, “mobile workers” would comprise one-third of the world’s working population. According to the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF), a non-profit alliance of technology vendors: “one important driver for the growth of unified communication is mobility …

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Meet the winner of PGi and MNN’s Room with a View contest

Alyson Lucy

Alyson Lucey and her husband, Sean, of Massachusetts will be traveling to Costa Rica in May to spend seven days at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, the country’s first certified sustainable hotel. A longtime fan of the Mother Nature Network, Alyson says MNN is her homepage and that she often spends hours reading articles on the website. …

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5 telecommuting challenges and how I solved them

Although I now work from home full-time, over the years I’ve telecommuted off and on. I like to reminisce about the good ol’ days, back in the 1990s, when I first started to work from home. Telecommuting was a lot different back then, but I thought of myself as a bit of a pioneer. Okay, I know calling myself a …

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Fun Presentation Ideas for Festive Holiday Meetings

For those of us working through the last weeks of 2012, it’s tough not to gaze jealously at the empty cubicles or Out of Office messages of vacationing colleagues. Instead of bah-humbugging through your next presentation, here are 10 presentation ideas to add a little cheer to your holiday meetings. 1.       Decorate the conference room with holly and evergreens. Start …

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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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