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Joshua Erwin

Josh is a content creator and strategist with a passion for all things tech, such as the latest gadgets, apps, games and more. Josh loves listening to and playing music and is a big college football fan, especially for his alma mater Georgia Bulldogs. When not writing for PGi, you’ll find him gaming or drumming on Sundays for the Atlanta Falcons.

My Must-Have WFH Accessory

Telecommuting is awesome. You get to skip your commute, you can knock out household chores in between work assignments and you can change up your scenery to kickstart your creativity and productivity. However, engaging in remote work isn’t simply a matter of bringing your stuff home; there are several technological and environmental considerations you should make when setting out to …

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Your Guide to Outside-the-Box Meetings

guide to outside the box meetings

If you’re a regular meeting host, you’ve probably wondered how you can make your in-person and virtual meetings more engaging. A lot of workers are naturally defensive about meetings; they view them as a bore at best and a total waste of time at worst. However, they remain one of the best tools for collaboration. If you find yourself struggling …

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Prep for Valentine’s Day with PGi’s “Love” Round-Up

Valentine's Day Post Roundup

There are a lot of things we love here at the Future of Biz Collab. Collaboration. Meetings. Super nerdy watchfaces. The list goes on! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s take a look back on how we’ve spread the love: Do your customers love your company? Last summer, PGi’s Kevin Lyons explored the many ways modern companies can …

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6 Phrases to Avoid During a Conference Call

Phrases to avoid during conference calls

Regardless of whether you think the conference call is still relevant in 2015, they remain a staple of our business day. Whether you’re meeting with coworkers or external vendors or clients, the need to talk quickly and easily with groups isn’t going away anytime soon. However, the audio-only nature of conference calls can lead to some awkward, inefficient moments if …

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Nerd Alert: My Month with a Smartwatch

asus zenwatch smartwatch

About a month ago I made my first major gadget purchase in quite some time, joining the wearable technology revolution with the Asus Zenwatch (pictured above with the nerdiest watchface I could find.) While it does occasionally make me feel like I’m from the future, I can report that my life and productivity have not, sadly, been dramatically revolutionized. In …

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Office Etiquette: Don’t Be a Meeting Menace!

online meeting tool etiquette

Meetings are a powerful collaboration tool, and yet they’re often the butt of the joke. As it turns out, meetings themselves aren’t the problem: we may just be bad at them. Don’t let yourself be a meeting menace. Master these etiquette tips and keep your meetings productive: Start. On. Time. This should be a no-brainer right? You sent out an …

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Collaboration Without Boundaries

Collaboration without boundaries of time, geography or culture.

We live and work in a world of constant connections, where technology keeps us tied into what’s happening at home, the office and around the world 24/7/365. We’re never more than a smartphone notification or desktop alert away from the latest project updates, document revisions, action items and decisions, regardless of when, where or how we choose to work. These overlapping, …

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3 Resolutions Every Worker Should Make in 2015

workplace resolutions 2015

Even though we’re already a week into 2015, it’s not too late to decide on a resolution for the New Year. While we’ve already got your meetings taken care of, what about you, as an individual worker? What do you want to get better at, do more of, do less of, start doing or stop doing in 2015? Below are three ideas for …

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Resolve Your Way to Better Meetings in 2015

Resolve your way to better online meetings

A new year is upon us, and, if you haven’t already, it’s time to come up with a resolution or two for 2015. You can always go cliché with your resolutions—read more books, get healthy, call mom more, etc. But if you’re interested in skyrocketing your productivity at work, you might instead take a look at resolving to address some …

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Best of the Best: The Future of Business Collaboration’s Top 10 of 2014

Future of Business Collaboration Top 10 of 2014

Can you believe it’s the last day of the year? By my count, in 2014 we’ve brought you over 250 articles, lists, videos, reports, insights, silly gif posts and slide decks, all with the goal of bringing the future of business collaboration to life. With the year drawing to a close, I thought we’d take a look back at some …

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Got the Post-Holiday Blues? Overcome Them with These Simple Productivity Tips

Simple productivity tips to overcome the post-holiday blues

Whether you’re trudging through your first Monday back after the holidays or just swinging by the blog while enjoying your last few days of freedom, the post-holiday blues are unfortunately inevitable. While they’re always a welcome respite from the daily grind, the family time, presents, baked goods and frivolity all must eventually come to an end. One of the toughest …

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The Importance of an Unproductive Team

The importance of an unproductive team

Yes, that’s actually my team up there. And yes, we’re actually like that. I’m just going to come out and say it: I love my team. We’re a tight-knit group of creative, intelligent, savvy weirdos and we don’t care who knows it. Being part of a team that you feel connected to and engaged with can play a huge role …

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Are You Making These Productivity Mistakes? Central Desktop Thinks So

productivity tips

We all have our own tricks and tips for empowering our productivity. Maybe you’re a “worthless without my morning coffee” person, or you’re militant about keeping your workspace organized. As much as I hate to break it to you, it turns out that some of the “common sense” productivity tips may not work at all, or in some cases actually …

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Unproductivity Loves Company: Collaboration for Work and Play

unproductivity

Collaboration, teamwork, shared ideas—these are all hallmarks of a productive day at the office, right? Unless, of course, you’re collaborating on a new meme or sharing ideas about the upcoming office holiday party. This unproductivity might have managers grumbling and “Bah Humbug!”-ing, but trust me: there are benefits to both kinds of collaboration. The holiday season is a time of …

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Flipboard Friday: Facebook at Work, Designer Smart Eyewear and More

flipboard friday

Collaboration. Productivity. Tech trends. While we bring you our insights and predictions on this topic here on the Future of Business Collaboration, there’s no way we could possibly cover it all. However, it’s important to stay on top of the ever-moving collaboration industry in order to make informed decisions about working effectively and efficiently. That’s why The Future of Business Collaboration …

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Central Desktop on the Productivity Benefits of Cat Pictures and Social Media

the productivity benefits of cat pictures

All month long we’re exploring the idea of the strategic benefits of being unproductive. In other words, those midday online shopping breaks, social media jaunts or water cooler conversations can actually have tangible benefits to you and your team in the form of reduced stress, better team dynamics and improved overall productivity. Idle Chatter? Doesn’t Matter In an article that …

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3 Ways to Master Being Unproductive This Holiday Season

being unproductive

Surprise, surprise: you’re working too much. In fact, we all are; over 88% of us are putting in more than forty hours each and every week. Whether we’re working any smarter is certainly up for debate, but there’s no doubt that we’re all working a lot harder. The struggles of overwork become even more apparent this time of year. As …

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5 Places You Should Never Take Your Online Meetings

Online meetings are a fantastic way to stay in touch and collaborative while on-the-go. Thanks to mobile apps and developments in smartphone and tablet technology, you can have a full-fledged online meeting experience wherever you are. You don’t have to settle for dialing in anymore; you can view and share video, open files, chat, take notes and more for a …

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Central Desktop Asks, “Homing from Work: Good or Bad?”

homing from work

While Cyber Monday may be behind us (much to the relief of my wallet), the end of the year still represents a time of constant distraction for workers. There are office holiday parties to attend, more gifts to buy, decorations to arrange—the list goes on! Does bringing these personal tasks into the workplace really harm productivity, or do these breaks …

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How to Extend Your Culture of Gratitude Throughout the Year

culture of gratitude

Throughout November, we’ve been sharing tips and ideas for creating, nurturing and spreading a culture of gratitude throughout your organization. We wanted to share our belief in the power of positivity and a gracious attitude for empowering teams and furthering your own personal and professional development. However, if you’re truly interested in cultivating such a culture for yourself or your …

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