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Ten jobs changed by video conferencing

In our quest to get the best service possible, whether from doctors, music teachers or financial consultants, we were once limited by geography. But since the advent of the webcam, our options have become virtually limitless. Video conferencing has made interactive meetings possible even when the participating parties are located in different countries. Now, a wide range of occupations are …

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Virtual Teaming Breaks the Office Mold

There are many ways that workplaces are going green, and one of the biggest is telecommuting. From 1980 – 2009, the percentage of employees working from home has grown 86%. Along with this remote work rise, more and more virtual teams are being born. When I first heard of virtual teams, I wondered how anyone could manage employees effectively when …

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A Proactive Approach: Closing the Tech Diversity Gap

Touching on race as it relates to socioeconomic status and equality can be a particularly sensitive issue. Personally, I think the only way to have a true discussion about race is as authentically as possible, and I think our recent #Shift speaker Baratunde Thurston, author of How to be Black, would agree. Closing the diversity gap in technology and technology …

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‘Human cloud’ of workers already taking shape

Two-thirds of workers expect their offices to go fully virtual within the next few years, a survey found. Virtualization makes cloud computing possible, productive and profitable. Many businesses large and small think it can do the same thing for work by creating a human cloud based on virtual collaboration, according to a new survey. For some workers, that day is already …

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iMeet’s Ahead of the Curve: 12 Tech Trends for 2012

Aimlessly surfing the web this weekend using StumbleUpon as my trusty guide, I came across an immaculately arranged page, peaking my interest enough to stay and read for a bit. What I discovered was Fast Company’s Co.Design blog. The topic: twelve technology trends that will command 2012, which only engaged me further. As I read through the predicted directions of …

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iMeet and Human Resources: When Distance Doesn’t Matter

PGi focuses on delivering an optimal customer experience wherever possible. It’s built into the details of our video conferencing solution, iMeet, from its sleek interface to its security settings to the latest development, the integration of Evernote‚ a creative and dynamic organization and note-taking tool that allows for greater collaboration. In the human resources department at PGi, our customers include …

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The future of our networked society

This week, I found myself inspired by the video “On the Brink” and as soon as I watched it, I wanted to share it with my #Shift readers. It explores the rapid change we are all in the midst of and a part of, and how technology now enables humans to more fully actualize what we truly are. This new, …

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Work from Anywhere: Because I Want to Help My Employer, the Economy and the Environment

According to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers ‚Äî Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (PDF) ‚Äî published in March 2010, many companies overlook the benefits of implementing flexible workplace policies for their employees. Flexible workplace arrangements can include job sharing, phased retirement of older workers, and telecommuting. These practices allow workers to continue making productive …

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