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12 Earth Day Quotes to Celebrate Mother Nature

Holiday celebrations in the workplace are a great way to break up the monotony of the work week. Earth Day allows us to celebrate the beauty of our planet while actively working to preserve that beauty for future generations. So utilize Earth Day as an opportunity to do some good. Make today a print-free work day. Have a waste-free lunch. …

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Going Green: How to Run a Paperless Office

Earlier this week, more than a billion people from around the world celebrated Earth Day. In a previous blog post, we discussed telecommuting and the positive impact it can have on the planet. There are several other things we can do in the office that will help out our planet. Have you ever considered going paperless? Every year, the average …

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15 Stats on Telecommuting & the Cloud

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Telecommuting is a growing trend among the workforce. For most of us, getting to and from the office can be a nightmare. Traffic, distracted drivers and inclement weather can make the commute seem impossible at times. Once we arrive at the office, it’s time to fight off the various distractions. Chatty colleagues and conference calls on speaker are just a …

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PGi’s Green Data Center Featured on Mother Nature Network

PGi has long been committed to promoting environmental responsibility, both through our collaboration products that empower telecommuting and a dedication to philanthropy and volunteerism. One of our proudest achievements is our green data center, located at our Olathe, Kansas office, that handles all of our internal technologies like email. In an article and video featured on the Mother Nature Network, …

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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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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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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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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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Bringing IR into the Modern Day with an Interactive Digital Annual Report

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As EVP of Strategy and Communications at PGi, one of my primary roles is investor relations, which includes helping to create and deliver our annual report. Recently, my team and I leveraged our passion for innovation, our commitment to sustainability and our company’s technological expertise to transform our annual reports into interactive, digital documents, bringing an age-old corporate responsibility firmly …

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Five Apps That Help Improve Productivity While Working From Home

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Studies show that working from home can keep remote workers happier, healthier and more efficient. Telecommuting programs help reduce stress and absenteeism, according to the second annual telecommuting survey issued by Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. Fifty-three percent of business decision makers,  surveyed by Staples Advantage  also said telecommuting increases employee productivity. Want to make sure you …

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5 Ways That Offering Telecommuting Can Save Your Small Business Money

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More people than ever are working from home. The accessibility afforded by email, cloud computing, and cell phones has made telecommuting a fixture in the modern work environment. But it doesn’t just appeal to employees. Small business owners can reap the benefits as well. In an uncertain economic climate, employers are looking to cut costs wherever they can. Check out …

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New, Cool and Downright Weird Green Tech

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The seemingly endless technological innovation in today’s society is constantly making our gadgets and software faster, smaller, more powerful and more functional. However, the pursuit of green tech innovations is one of the noblest, as some of our brightest minds tackle issues of renewable energy, recyclable materials, sustainable production and waste reduction. As 2013’s Earth Week draws to a close, …

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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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Why Telecommuting is a Green Way to Work

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Among the many, many benefits of working at home, helping the environment is at the top of the list. Here are some of the ways in which telecommuting is eco-friendly. It reduces carbon emissions. Whether it’s by planes, trains or automobiles, traveling in to work has a negative impact on the environment. By cutting the commute, you’ll prevent an excessive …

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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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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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5 Small Ways to Green Your Workday

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Spring is in the air and everything seems to be getting greener by the day. Unless, of course, you’re covered in the latest snowstorm, but it’ll be green soon enough! And spring is a great time to take a look at your daily work routine and make small changes to be green. Being eco-friendly at work is easy and can …

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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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Find Work-Life Balance with our New eBook: The Yin and Yang of Telecommuting

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Just in time to wrap up Telework Week, a topic many of us are discussing and want to learn more about: telecommuting. More than 100,000 people pledged to telecommute for at least part of this week, and last year, according to Mobile Work Exchange, 71% of the participating organizations and 75% of participating telecommuters saw an increase in productivity while …

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