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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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Are Cloud Collar Workers the Future of Work?

Information workers are taking over business everywhere. With over 600 million people who specialize in knowledge, not production, the brain trust is spreading from traditional CIOs down to Millennials just entering the workplace. All thanks to cloud technology, from mobile apps to virtualized data centers. With the rise of the new Cloud Collar Worker, are we seeing a preview into …

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An Open Letter to IT: We Need To Own Our Tech Decisions

At my breakout session at AAISP a few weeks ago, I asked the audience to raise their hands if they used some sort of conferencing tool. A ton of hands went up. Then, I asked those people if they themselves had picked that tool. Most of the hands went down. This illustrates a critical problem in sales organizations today. As …

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Top 7 Must-Haves for the Mobile Worker

The number of mobile and remote workers is increasing every day, though quantifying exactly how many people work from home is impossible. Are you officially a teleworker if you work from home occasionally—say, once a week—or must you commit to a daily practice? According to the Telework Research Network, 40% of U.S. employees (approximately 50 million) hold jobs that that …

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65% of federal agencies are ready for teleworking

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As mobile and Internet technology expands, the ability for more people to easily telework also expands. This is the case with private businesses as well as with government agencies. A new report from the Telework Exchange reveals that 65 percent of federal agencies have above-average information technology (IT) infrastructures that are capable of supporting teleworkers. Other key findings in the …

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Featured on GreenBiz.com: How to know if telecommuting will work for your employees

It’s a no-brainer, really. Telecommuting can save businesses billions of dollars in travel costs and overhead expenses while also significantly reducing environmental pollutants and paper consumption. Teleworking benefits to the planet are widely recognized and valued: cities cleaner air, businesses increased efficiency and productivity, and lower operational costs. Each person telecommuting just one day a week can save the company …

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4 Hidden Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Work-Life Balance

Burn out. You’ve felt it. Perhaps you’re feeling it right now. Overworked. Exhausted. The stack of papers is piling up on your desk and the deadlines are looming, but you just can’t seem to find the energy or the creativity to do what you must. The well has run dry. You thought telecommuting a day or two a week would …

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What’s coworking? And why is it so awesome?

With the economy in a long, slow recovery, with many people still looking for work, some have created their own jobs. Others have found that working for someone else is frustrating, unfulfilling, or just doesn’t fit their personalities (I’m a part of the latter group). For whatever reason, more people than ever before are working for themselves. About a year …

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Go Mobile the Right Way: Simple Mobile Meeting Tips

iMeet Mobile

We’re big fans of meeting on the go here at PGi. We even cut our very own award-winning digital nomad Cora Rodenbusch loose around the world for almost a year, and we continued to work and collaborate closely with her during that time. There are some pitfalls with mobile meetings though, especially when it comes to connecting and maintaining quality …

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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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