Andrea Duke

Andrea Duke
Andrea is a Georgia-native who specializes in communications. When she's not blogging for PGi, you can catch her playing or watching soccer, hiking or attempting crafts from Pinterest.

Productivity and Food: The Proof’s in the Pudding

food and productivity

Think back to the most productive day you’ve had this week. What are some of the things you remember doing that boosted your productivity? Maybe you tuned out the world with some soulful jazz or took a break and walked around the block to get fresh air and a fresh perspective. But do you remember what you ate? When we ...

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“Being Busy” is Counterintuitive: Here’s How to Prevent It from Ruining Your Productivity

In our fast-paced, always-on, multi-tasking society, we see being “busy” as a sort of badge of honor. A badge that earns respect amongst your peers because if you’re busy, you’re obviously doing something right. But is “being busy” really all it’s cracked up to be? Staying busy is a necessary evil in most our lives. Most of us feel that ...

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Death of the Home Office

The last time you worked from home, where did you set up shop? Your couch, bed, kitchen table or outside on your porch? A decade ago, a telecommuter wouldn’t have the leisure of posting up for the day on their couch. A telecommuter back then would need a full home office setup to be successful — a dedicated desk with a desktop computer, ...

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Elements of the Smart Office

Over the last few years, the term “smart” has been used more and more frequently to describe the technology that has become integrated into our daily lives. Now, smartphones and smartwatches are practically ubiquitous, smart cars are starting to hit the pavement and smart homes are becoming the norm.  The “smart” trend is becoming equally as present in our workplaces ...

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2017 Future of Business Collaboration eBook

A little over 25 years ago, we were first introduced to the “World Wide Web”. Since that point, technology has rapidly changed and evolved to achieve one goal: to make our lives easier, more productive and more efficient. Over the last decade a particular type of technology has achieved just that. “Smart” technology has become ubiquitous in our everyday lives. ...

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Are Americans Shaming Their Co-Workers Who Work From Home?

remote work shaming

Remote work, telecommuting and telework are all terms that everyone has become familiar with over the last decade. With the proliferation of IT consumerization and Bring Your Own Tech (BYOT), it has become easier than ever for everyone to stay connected and in tune with work during all hours of the day (and night). In fact, PGi’s 2016 Global Telework ...

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The IT Buyer’s Guide to Web Conferencing

IT web conferencing buyers guide

It’s well-known that web conferencing solutions can have a great impact on a company’s productivity, communication and efficiency, all while saving time and money. As business teams become more geographically dispersed, web conferencing solutions continue to reaffirm their place as the cornerstone of team collaboration for businesses both small and large. But with all of the positive impacts a web conferencing solution ...

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Why is it Harder to Work in a Noisy Office Than a Café?

There are a lot of situations in life that seem to happen with no rhyme or reason. Why does one sock always seem to go missing after a stint in the dryer? Why does my cat wait until I’m nodding off to sleep to sprint all over my apartment and knock things over? Why is it so much harder for ...

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Snow Days and Tube Strikes: How Telework Policies Can Save Your Workday

Over the last week, Winter Storm Helena ground transportation to a halt across the United States. From almost three feet of snow in Colorado to slick and ice-glazed roads in Atlanta, the storm has resulted in rolling closures of offices of all industries across the country, and has continued its way up the Northeastern Coast. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, London ...

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PGi Unveils Alpharetta Office Redesign and Technology Advancements

With the New Year comes new changes, and PGi’s office in Alpharetta, Ga. is no exception. Recently, PGi unveiled some new design updates and expansions to its metro Atlanta area office. The expansion brings new opportunities to leverage and capitalize on the recent technology boom and abundance of technical talent that has been flooding the area in recent years. “With ...

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