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7 Hidden Ways You’re Sabotaging your Audio Calls

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When you’re on an audio conference call, all you have to communicate about yourself is your voice. While reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, I became acutely aware of how people—particularly women—tend to consistently undermine themselves in everyday communications with small, yet significant, choices. The impact of these choices are cumulative and can erode professional reputation, self-confidence and long-term career …

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Nine Ways to Work More Securely

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The security of your computer and data are crucial for you and the success of your company. Lost or stolen information can reveal company secrets or expose your confidential or personal information. The more you do to keep your computer secure, the safer your information will be. Use these nine tips to learn ways you can work more securely, help …

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Federal government making strides in telework and virtual meetings

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If telecommuting is your goal, consider a job with the government. Over the past few years, the federal government has made tremendous strides in allowing its employees to work from home. For instance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently granted employees permission to telecommute up to five days a week and implemented flexible work hours to allow employees other …

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Busting telecommuting myths: research uncovers hidden benefits

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Telecommuting is increasing in popularity as both businesses and employees experience the productivity, cost savings and benefits it offers. A recent interview with Dr. Kathryn Fonner, Assistant Professor at UW-Milwaukee, breaks through several telecommuting myths and demonstrates the impact and value telecommuting for employees, including: increased job satisfaction, reduced stress and time pressure due to interruptions, and less exposure to …

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Balance Isn’t Always 50/50: Making Constant Adjustment in Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance is constantly shifting and evolving. In his recent TED Talk, Dan Thurmon explores how our life patterns can be transcended by living off balance on purpose. Striving for a life well-lived means we are constantly adjusting, performing what Thurmon describes as the “quick switch” rather than multi-tasking. As technology constantly evolves to our needs, both real and anticipated, …

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Winners of MNN’s ‘Room with a View’ contest travel to Costa Rica

Alyson Lucey and her husband, Sean, of Massachusetts recently spent a week in Costa Rica at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, the country’s first certified sustainable hotel. The PGI-sponsored “Room with a View” contest gave Alyson the thrill of a lifetime. A longtime fan of the Mother Nature Network, Alyson says MNN is her homepage and that …

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Work is Not a Place: 7 Tips for Seeking Freedom From Your Cubicle

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Most U.S. employees have the day off for Independence Day, and with this holiday comes fireworks, summer heat and picnics. However, seeking freedom in our lives is a much greater charge and challenge, and one that has grown increasingly complex. The freedom to work anywhere—regardless of device or location—and share ideas globally, productively and creatively, is a core vision that …

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Killer Telecommuting Challenges and How to Defeat Them

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As a work and life choice, telecommuting can pose unique challenges to those who adopt the practice. Below are several common telecommuting challenges and the targeted techniques you can use to solve them today. You feel isolated Do you sometimes feel lonely as a telecommuter? Feelings of loneliness and isolation are a frequent issue for those who work from home …

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The dark side of telecommuting: does working from home hurt your career?

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Invisibility and isolation are two key challenges when considering telecommuting as a career choice. But is time away from the office hurting your professional path? Telecommuting holds numerous advantages for professionals, and we’re passionate about sharing and discussing these many benefits with business consumers. Improvements in productivity, work-life balance, cost savings and benefits for the planet are just a few …

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How Telecommuting and Workations Help Small Business Succeed

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How do telecommuting and workations work together to help employees and small business owners in particular find a healthier work-life balance? As smart phones and other mobile devices have rooted themselves in our lives, we have become tethered to work. Undeniably, it has become almost impossible to separate work life from home life the way generations before us lived. Now …

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The New Competition: Collaboration at Work

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Competitive environments have long been valorized as the best way to bring out individual strengths, thus contributing to a stronger future organism and body as a whole. As the basis for natural selection, competition surrounds us and is inherent to our fundamental biology. This concept is also true for capital markets and business environments. Collaborative behaviors, while perhaps less assertive …

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Your Cheat Sheet for Earth Week: The Top 7 PGi Blog Green Posts

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We get it. Life is full of conflicting priorities. You multi-task during your web conference call. You carry around at least three mobile devices and might be looking at more than one at the same time. We understand that you are probably going to miss a few of our blog posts. So in honor of Earth Week, we’re going to …

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Two Years of Telecommuting: Learning the Importance of the Home Office

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Earth Day marks my two-year telecommuting anniversary and sitting here in my home office, just finishing a recent Buzzfeed article showcasing the famous home offices of creative geniuses, I find myself drooling over Nigella Lawson’s book-lined study.  For longer than I care to admit, my house has been undergoing an extensive remodel.  My current work space, now in transition if …

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How to Run a Paperless Office [Infographic]

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With Earth Month in full swing, we have had green officing on our minds quite a bit lately. The good folks over at MetroFax have put together this eye opening infographic regarding paper usage in offices. It also outlines how to make the switch to a more paperless lifestyle. iMeet makes going paperless easy with our built-in file cabinet that …

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Why your business meetings need more structure

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Adding more structure to meetings is a way to make them more productive, new research shows. Employees improve their performance when their business meetings are conducted in a structured environment where everyone reflects on his or her role and how it relates to the overall performance of the team, the study indicates. The researchers believe communication is essential in this …

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Remote Managers: 5 Ways to Inspire Greatness When You Aren’t There

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One of the foundational roles of a great leader is to build trust—between himself and his team and among his coworkers. Remote managers are faced with unique challenges: they must create an atmosphere of trust, inspire employee integrity and actively lead teams in spite of working out of the office most—if not all—of the time. Effective communication is essential to …

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Study reveals that entrepreneurs think differently

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Entrepreneurs are often out-of-the-box thinkers but a new study reveals that they use both sides of their brain in the decision-making process. When you look at an entrepreneur like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, it would be safe to assume that he thinks differently. It would also be safe to assume that most entrepreneurs, especially the successful ones, also think differently. …

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Telecommuting, the ultimate green job?

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Green jobs. You hear all about them lately, but what are they, exactly? This is where the problem lies; there is no concrete definition of a green job and if you ask five different people to define it, you’ll likely get five different answers. Just look at Jonathan Kesselman’s “On the Streets – Green Jobs” episode as evidence. Defining green …

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Stop these 7 non-verbal behaviors that are killing your career

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Non-verbal behaviors—the involuntary physical and vocal nuances that accompany verbal communication—transmit subtle messages that influence how others interpret our words. Researchers estimate that nonverbal communication represents two-thirds of the total communication we engage in with others. In today’s open work spaces, half-walled cube farms and cramped meeting rooms, office employees are constantly engaged in non-verbal communications. How can we ensure …

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What are the cost savings of telecommuting?

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Businesses are achieving significant cost savings by implementing a productive telecommuting workforce. In fact, according to the Telework Research Network, nearly 6 out of 10 employers identify cost savings as a notable benefit from telecommuting. Savings come from the obvious elements, including reduced office space costs and technology costs, but also from unlikely cost centers for both the employer and …

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