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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.

Tales from a Terrible Telecommuter (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love WFH)

telecommuter

I’ve had the good fortune in my career to this point to always have at least some ability to work from home. Whether in an extreme case of a Results Only Work Environment where I never had to go in to the office to a more hybrid approach of working from home as needed, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of …

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3 Virtual Team Building Activities for Happier Holidays

virtual team building activities

As we try to bring a little extra gratitude into the workplace this month, our thoughts turn to all of the great events that mark the holiday season in the workplace: holiday parties, team get-togethers, But what about virtual teams? With the increasing prevalence of flexible and remote work opportunities, teams can be more dispersed than ever before, across town …

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Technology’s Role in Creating Happier Workers

happier workers

Join us all this month on the Future of Business Collaboration as we explore ways to create a culture of gratitude within your organization, through work culture best practices, tips for being thankful and technology. We’ve arrived in November, and, as usual, our thoughts turn to family, friends and being thankful. That concept of gratitude also has a place in …

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4 Quick and Dirty Presentation Tips to Squash Your Presentation Nightmares

fear of presenting

Have you voted on your biggest presentation nightmare yet? All week long we’re highlighting the fear of presenting and how to triumph over it. When planning your next presentation, you probably spend days if not weeks putting your slides together, planning logistics, etc. But did you know there are some easy, psychological tricks you can incorporate into your presentation to …

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Master Unruly Audio with the Conference Call Flowchart

conference calls

In PGi’s most recent eBook, “The Modern Worker’s Etiquette Handbook,” we explore several modern business etiquette tips for email, social media, telecommuting and more. Online meetings and conference calls are one of the most common examples of where etiquette can fail modern workers. For conference calls, noisy surroundings, barking dogs, screaming children or simply bad, scratchy audio connections can ruin …

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5 Reasons Why Your Meetings Are Bad (and How to Fix Them)

Wasting Time

Collaboration is the key to getting work done, and one huge, inescapable component of collaboration is meetings. We all need to get together sometimes to discuss the next phase of the project, review a document, brainstorm new ideas or simply get all of the necessary minds around a table to hash out a problem together. Why, then, are meetings almost …

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What’s your go-to productivity tip? Here’s mine.

We’re all in pursuit of better productivity, hoping against hope that there’s some mythical trick or tip out there that will motivate us to work harder, better or more efficiently. Earlier this year, we encouraged you to #TakeBack60, utilizing productivity advice and technology like online meeting tools to reclaim an hour in your day by working smarter and saving time. …

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[eBook] Learn How to Master Modern Business Etiquette

the modern worker's etiquette handbook

Always give a firm handshake. Send thank-you notes after meetings. Stand when being introduced or when someone is exiting the room. These are old-school business etiquette tips that still resonate today and are an important part of conveying respect and professionalism. However, they were also created in a much, much different workplace environment. Today’s workplace is a primarily virtual one, …

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Celebrate Georgia Telework Week with PGi’s Telecommuting Top 5

September 15th-19th has been officially proclaimed as the fifth annual Georgia Telework Week. PGi is headquartered here in Atlanta, Georgia, and as providers of collaboration solutions, we’re big fans of telecommuting and telework. To celebrate the kick-off of Georgia Telework Week, we’ve compiled our Telecommuting Top 5, a list of our favorite and most popular telecommuting articles, covering everything from …

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3 Things You Should Never Say on a Conference Call

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, conference calls are an inevitable part of your workday. They’re so commonplace that Tripp and Tyler’s video mocking them has, as of this writing, over 8 and a half million views on YouTube. That’s a lot of mockery: The question, of course, is this: if they’re such a common part of our workday, why are …

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Agenday Brings the Fire: PGi’s Smart Calendar Launches on Amazon Appstore

Agenday Smart Calendar App

It’s been a big year for Agenday, PGi’s latest productivity app for iOS and Android™. Launching earlier this year, the Agenday Smart Calendar has already won the Platinum Award for Best Mobile Calendar from the Best Mobile App Awards, and was featured as a Top Mobile Calendar App by General Assembly. PGi’s Innovation Lab has been hard at work improving …

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3 Simple Tips to Get Your Work Mojo Back After a Long Weekend

long weekend

It’s the beginning of the workweek here in the States, and it just happens to be Tuesday after our long Labor Day Weekend. Returning to work after a long weekend, vacation or any time off can be a challenge. You’re coming off the joy of time at the beach, hiking your favorite mountain or maybe just binge-watching Netflix on your …

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Nerd Alert: Does Virtual Reality Have a Home in the Workplace?

virtual reality

Virtual reality is an increasingly hot tech topic. Earlier this year, Facebook dropped $2 billion to acquire virtual reality pioneer Oculus. Samsung, perennial hardware powerhouse, is working up a VR headset of its own. Sony has been demoing its Project Morpheus virtual reality prototype, aimed squarely at gamers. And even Google got in the mix at its annual I/O conference …

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Missed the Webcast? Watch PGi’s Karrie Andes and Rejuvenate Your HR Benefits

In case you missed it, last week PGi HR professional Karrie Andes presented a webcast entitled “Boring Benefits? Rejuvenate the Way You Communicate!” In her webcast, Karrie shared her expertise on creating an engaging benefits program that reaches and educates your entire organization. Watch the webcast above and learn: What do the Marketing Pros know? Marketing professionals utilize a wide …

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Watch and Read: PGi CEO Boland Jones on Balancing Innovation

balancing innovation

“I find myself, a lot of times, as the CEO of a technology company, getting worn out with how fast things change.” – PGi CEO Boland Jones In the above video and in a recent blog on LinkedIn, PGi’s Boland Jones has been exploring the idea of balancing innovation, and how the breakneck speed of technological innovation can be a …

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Join PGi at Gartner Catalyst 2014!

gartner catalyst 2014

Today marks the kickoff of Gartner Catalyst in San Diego, an intensive 3.5 day event bringing together analysts and technology leaders for industry-shaping panels and discussions. The theme of 2014’s Catalyst event is “Architecting the Digital Business: Scaling and Securing Cloud, Mobility and Data,” focusing on educating IT professionals from a variety of industries on how to best manage the …

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Nerd Alert: Thoughts on Unplugging from a Smartphone Addict

smartphone addict

It may come as no surprise to you that I’m a wee bit addicted to my smartphone (not sure what gave it away). As much as I love staying tapped in and up-to-date on the latest tech, entertainment, gaming, sports or business news, I’m as guilty as anyone of being too tapped in, to the point of getting sucked in. …

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Master Your Productivity: 5 Apps to Help You #TakeBack60

productivity apps

If you’re ready to #TakeBack60, you have to take control of your work productivity. In today’s modern workplace of smartphones, tablets and flexible work, mobile apps are one of the best ways to wrangle your to-do’s, documents, calendar and more to defeat wasted time and reclaim 60 minutes in your hectic work week. In our latest Slideshare presentation, we list …

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Are You a Workaholic or a Zen Master? Take our #TakeBack60 Quiz and Find Out!

takeback60

The verdict is in: according to our #TakeBack60 survey, we are all woefully overworked. Technology has allowed us all to be constantly connected, but we’re increasingly using our smartphones and mobile apps to simply grind out more hours rather than more efficiently managing our productivity. Where do you fall on the spectrum? Are you, like the 88% of respondents from …

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25 Must-Know Tips for Running Effective Meetings

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Have you visited PGi’s Slideshare? We just recently celebrated over 100,000 views and we’re still going strong. In our latest presentation, we share 25 must-know tips in a presentation titled “The Definitive Guide to Running Effective Meetings.” These tips span 5 core areas of meetings: Scheduling, Meeting Prep, Hosting and Presenting, Following Up, and Hardware, Software and More. If you …

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