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Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a work-life juggler with three little monsters, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book-a-holic, Atlanta transplant and PR/social/content strategist (and presentations nerd) for PGi.

5 Kitchen Nook Office Ideas for the Work-at-Home Mom

Vying for space with kids and kid-related clutter is a daily struggle. Stay-at-home “mompreneurs” and telecommuting moms battle sinks full of dishes, laundry piles, sticky counters and toys in every nook and cranny—not great for our sanity or work productivity! The kitchen nook is a great way to move one step closer to our goal of obtaining work-life balance when …

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STEM Education a Priority for America and the World: Get Involved Today

“Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.” — Christine Gregoire Tomorrow, May 3, is the inaugural Georgia STEM day. Companies, educators, public officials and families are coming together to raise awareness about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education for the betterment of America’s future. Here are some eye-opening statistics about STEM education in the …

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6 Home Office Design Ideas with an Eco-Friendly Flair

Earth Day has come and gone, but there are still exciting ways to contribute to a healthier planet year round. Telecommuting is one of our favorite ways here at PGi to be green and productive, and for teleworkers, you can be green, productive and trendy right in your home office. Here are a six home office design ideas with an …

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Tweet Me, +1 Me, I Want to Buy! 6 Tips for Social Selling

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If you’re not selling socially, the odds are you’re not selling at all—or won’t be soon. A Forrester Research study confirmed that 82 percent of consumers use the Internet to research products or services online before they buy. For B2B sales reps, however, selling online is a bit of a quandary. The same Forrester report says that less than 1 percent …

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10 Simple Tips to Start Your Web Conference Calls on Time

Fifty percent of web conference calls start late because of technology issues, according to a study by Wainhouse Research. So, to help you save the time and money that goes out the window every time your meetings start late, here are 10 ways to eliminate the log-in frustrations and start your online meetings on time. 1. Don’t make people download …

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TAG Honors PGi as a Top 10 Innovative Company

The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, has chosen PGi  as one of its Top 10 Innovative Technology Companies in Georgia. The Top 10 most innovative technology companies are chosen from among TAG’s Top 40 2013 list and were chosen based on a number of criteria, …

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Stuck in a Yoga Pants Rut? 5 Simple Fashion Tips to Help Work at Home Moms Look and Feel Great

For busy work at home moms, aka WAHMs, it’s easy to get lulled into complacency. On my two telecommuting days per week, complacency rears its ugly head in the form of yoga pants, UGGs and a fuzzy pink robe. We all know that once the kids are safely on the bus, we should clean ourselves up and put on a …

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March Madness: The Nemesis of Work Productivity [INFOGRAPHIC]

March Madness is here, and the upsets are already making news. But for businesses and workers all over the U.S., the upset oftens take place in the office in the form of work productivity. According to a recent PGi infographic, an astounding 86% of people who plan to watch the popular NCAA basketball tournament games will do so during the …

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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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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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Bert’s Big Adventure and PGi: Bringing Magical Moments to Atlanta’s Children

Since 2002, Bert’s Big Adventure has provided a lifetime of magical moments for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. PGi was honored to join in the adventure for the second year in a row as we help this incredible organization make the dreams of these worthy children come true. Teaming up with Atlanta’s popular Bert Show, PGi joined …

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Working Moms and Dads: You Might Not Have It All Now, But Here’s How to Fake It ‘Till You Make It

For working moms and dads, having it all—a career, financial prosperity and a successful family life—seems like a dream that you can never quite achieve. To be successful at work, we have to put in the hours and commit completely to make it to the next level. To be successful at home, we have to dedicate ourselves fully to our …

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Work Gifs to Get You Through a Day of Back to Back Meetings

If you’re having a day of back-to-back meetings like me, you need a little pick-me-up to keep you alert and positive. Here are 10 of my favorite work gifs to share in your meetings or just make multitasking a little more enjoyable. When your boss walks by:               When you’re stuck on the work …

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Backstabbing and Office Politics: Are We Responsible for So Few Successful Women in Business?

Last week, I wrote about the low number of successful women in the boardroom—and why companies need more successful women in business. The question I didn’t answer, however, is why there are so few women executives in the first place. Why are the numbers of successful women in business—a mere 4-out-of-10 executives—so low? Shocking as it might seem, business women …

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Secret to Negotiating When You Can’t Meet Face to Face

In today’s digital world, where the average U.S. Internet user spends an average of 32 hours online every month, sales professionals, contract negotiators and finance experts are meeting more and more online. Here at PGi, we’ve hosted over one billion people in over 200 million online meetings in the past five years alone. It’s no secret that face-to-face meetings are …

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Why Your Business Needs More Successful Women in Business and the Boardroom

When I think back to my adolescent days, dreaming of what I would be when I grow up, I distinctly remember the Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford movie Working Girl. In the 1988 film, Griffith’s spunky secretary pretends she has her boss’ (Signourney Weaver) job and proves that—despite foibles and gender bias—regular girls can rise to corporate greatness. At the …

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Infographic: The World is Shrinking – Are You Ready for the Globalization and Culture Shift?

Did you know that Belgium is the most globally connected country in the world? And that Afghanistan relies primarily on its own resources to exist? Jonathan Farrington, esteemed sales expert of Jonathan Farrington & Associates and award-winning blog Top Sales World, shares astounding statistics on the power of globalization and culture in the infographic “The World is Shrinking” from the …

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Get the free eBook now! The Future of Business Collaboration

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Experts from PGi, Jive Software, Plantronics Developer Connection, BrandGlue, Jonathan Farrington & Associates and Frost & Sullivan bring you an exciting new eBook, The Future of Business Collaboration. The free eBook reviews the hottest trends in business collaboration today: Crowdsourcing and Social Business Technology The Consumerization of IT (BYOD, BYOA and more) Mobility and the Mobile Worker Social Media and …

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New Year’s Resolutions for Women in Business

Something about the changing of the calendar feels like an opportunity to begin anew, revive forgotten goals and live abandoned dreams. I find myself looking with fresh eyes upon the past and experiencing renewed energy into a future bright with possibilities. Like the other 72 million women working in America today, all with families, mortgages, kids’ soccer practice, the dinner …

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How to Make New Years Resolutions You Will Actually Keep

Only 8% of New Years Resolutions makers actually fulfill their goals—only 8%! If you’re new to resolutions or have failed to keep yours year after year, here are some great techniques to make, keep and fulfill your resolutions in 2013. Choose resolutions that are measurable and realistic. The #4 resolution from 2012 was “enjoy life to the fullest.” How do …

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