Collaboration

4 Ways to Connect With Family and Friends Over Video Chat

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Since many states are still under a stay-at-home order and travel plans have been halted, people are struggling with being unable to see family and friends as often as they once did. As a result of this distance, friends and families are relying on technology more than ever to connect and communicate. The next time you video chat with your friends …

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How to Pull Off a Professional Video Call From Home

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Now that everyone relies on video calls for communication, video conferencing “fails” are becoming a trending topic online. In order to avoid “fails” and successfully pull off a professional video call from home, keep our quick tips in mind: 1. Invest in a Hi-Res Camera and Quality Audio Before your video meeting or interview, test out your computer’s camera and …

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Virtual Whiteboard for Better Teamwork and Brainstorming

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When your team is scattered across the world, brainstorming together can be difficult. Phone calls can have spotty connections and using company funds for regular meet-ups can be costly. Office environments easily foster creative in person interactions, ad hoc brainstorms and meetings. These interactions, many unplanned, feed into the creative spirit for many companies. But, if an in-office meeting is out …

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Stand Up Meetings: What Are They and How to Make Them Effective

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In their 2019 State of Meetings Report, Doodle reported that the United States wasted approximately $399 billion on poorly organized meetings. On top of the financial impact, 44% of study respondents stated that unorganized meetings left them with fewer hours in the day to accomplish their work tasks. These long, drawn-out meetings—that likely could have been resolved through email—waste company funds and …

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How to Keep a Large Video Meeting Productive

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Have you ever been to a company-wide video meeting where productivity went flying out the window? From side conversations to unnecessary topics, video meetings with 20+ people can be quite unproductive, if not handled properly. To keep your team on track during your next video meeting, use these tips: 1. Invite the Right Team Members Rather than inviting every person in …

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3 Ways Unified Communications Supports Remote Workers

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 5 million Americans, or approximately 3.6% of the nation’s workforce, worked remotely from home. Now, as remote work sweeps the U.S., 55% say it can succeed in their industry, with more than 75% of people endorsing remote work in digital fields such as software, finance and media.  There is no indication that companies are rushing to return …

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Key Findings from PGi’s 2020 Digital Communications: Early Adopter Study

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In February 2020 the PGi team conducted a study to better understand the state of digital communications. While the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed remote work entirely, and perhaps permanently, the study uncovered several interesting findings. These include commonalities between generations of workers and a clear trend: People desired the flexibility to work remotely before it became the government mandate. Study …

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3 Ways to Inspire and Motivate Remote Teams

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Remote work was once a desirable office perk. Since 2010, however, the amount of people who work remotely at least once a week has grown by 400%. In the past few weeks, that number has skyrocketed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While still tasked with the same responsibilities, workloads, and deliverables as before, remote teams also face their own unique …

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Working From Home With Kids: Navigating the New Normal

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With shelter-in-place orders mandated around the country in response to COVID-19, families are finding themselves tackling new territory. Working from home with kids. On top of bringing home the responsibilities of the office, work from home moms and dads are now tasked with guiding their kids’ schoolwork each day. The compounding stress between work, financial worries, day-to-day life, and keeping the …

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New to Remote Work? Helpful Resources and Online Courses

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If you don’t have much experience working remotely, making that change suddenly is jarring. Your routines, habits, and workflows are disrupted significantly. However, there’s good news. People with lots of remote work experience have shared their knowledge to help others learn the necessary skills. Here are some great resources to check out instead of trying to re-invent the remote work …

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What is Telework?

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Telework, also called remote work, has been gaining popularity over the last few decades. Telework or telecommuting is when an employee does not commute to a primary office location for work, but instead works from home. Working remotely for an all-remote company, such as Zapier, Museum Hack, and Hotjar, is also considered telework. As is working from an off-site location, like …

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The Science of Talking With Your Hands

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For some of us, “talking with our hands” is a cultural necessity—but did you know it also has scientifically proven benefits? It’s true. If you talk with your hands, keep up the good work because you’re tapping into the following six benefits: 1. It makes people listen to you. Researchers at the Center for Language and Brain at Colgate University found that …

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The #1 Most Valuable Thing About Free Web Conferencing Software

Free Web Conferencing Software

At this point, many of us use free web conferencing software every week, if not daily. Still, the most powerful aspect of this technology often flies under the radar: video conferencing is the ultimate collaboration catalyst. This is important because collaboration is one of the most indispensable business capabilities. Collaboration is more vital than ever Before the Internet, if you wanted to …

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Keeping Your Business Operating During The COVID-19 Outbreak

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Working from home is not always a luxury. Presently for some, it is a global mandate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested staying home or working remotely to avoid the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). “Schools could be closed, mass public gatherings suspended, and businesses forced to have employees work remotely,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National …

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4 Psychological Findings to Know Before Your Next Online Meeting

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Did you know clinical psychologists have conducted hundreds of studies focused on workplace meetings? It makes sense: work is such an important part of our lives, and meetings are a big part of many jobs. It’s natural that researchers would want to explore the psychological principles that are at play during online meetings. Admittedly, we went down the rabbit hole on this …

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When There’s No Room for Error, LBA Logistics Chooses GlobalMeet

LBA Logistics is a national, vertically integrated real estate company. Owning and operating an astonishing 53,000,000-square-foot portfolio, the company pledges to exceed all its customers’ expectations with unmatched levels of service. To fulfill that promise, the company works closely with each customer, providing proactive management to keep businesses running efficiently while meeting their financial objectives. Here’s why LBA chose GlobalMeet as …

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GlobalMeet Customers Share the Love

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day. We love our customers. They are the backbone of our business and it is the customers who help GlobalMeet thrive. After all without you, PGi would not exist in the first place. GlobalMeet was created based on a real need in the industry for quality audio, web and video conferencing. From the …

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How Understanding Social Media Can Make You a Better Speaker

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Different people perceive social media for business in different ways. Some see it as a distraction. Others see it as a marketing tool. We specialize in helping people connect, so we see social media as a phenomenon you can study to get better at communicating. For example, you can apply some of the learnings from the rise of social media …

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A Painless Approach to Scheduling Meetings Across Time Zones

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Colleagues who live far apart still work together—quite a lot, in fact. One in-depth survey found that about 48% of global teams collaborate every business day. Yet, 56% of the respondents to that same survey said collaborating across time zones is challenging. While there’s no silver bullet for this logistical headache, we’ve got a couple of tricks up our sleeve that seems to help. …

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Why a Scalable Communications Platform is Key to the Modern Enterprise

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For the time being, you can still envision a thriving enterprise without a scalable communications platform. However, the sun is setting on that vision. Soon, it’ll be exponentially more difficult for an enterprise to operate without unified communications as a service (UCaaS). Here are the signs we see pointing to this: The Decline of the Landline The future is in the …

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