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2,500 Remote Workers Share Their Challenges and Habits

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In partnership with seven remote work-oriented organizations, the fully remote software company Buffer recently released its 2019 State of Remote Work report. Incorporating the perspectives of 2,500 remote workers, the report is packed with great takeaways and productivity tips for remote employees (and their managers, too). Here are our top three highlights. Define Your Work Environment 31% of remote workers say they …

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It’s Time to Embrace the Concept of ‘Work Wherever’

Work Wherever

The idea that being present or collaborative is somehow tied to a location is an antiquated belief. In fact, organizations that buy into this way of thinking aren’t just showing they are behind the times, they are stifling their ability to move forward. Stat after stat proves that the workforce is becoming more mobile and younger generations are interacting with …

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#BeatBurnout by Incorporating the Right Tools Into Your Summer Workday

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If you’re finding it hard to stay productive during the summer months, you’re not alone. Many office workers find it difficult to concentrate with the sunlight streaming in through the office windows and friends constantly posting vacation snaps to social media. The good news is that being productive at a modern company often means you don’t always have to be …

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PGi Employees Share Their #10YearChallenge

#10YearChallenge

For the last 28 years, PGi has provided best-in-class collaboration and communication solutions to business professionals around the world. A lot has changed over the years, but one thing hasn’t: our employees’ commitment to the customer and team spirit.  Inspired by the #10YearChallenge that was recently sweeping all of our social media newsfeeds, we conducted our own PGi #10YearChallenge and …

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4 Benefits of Working From Home for Pet Owners

Are you the proud owner of furry companions, aquatic friends or pet reptiles? Do you also have a career that allows you to work from home? The two can make a favorable pairing. Here are some pet-friendly benefits of working remotely: 1. Your pets will be happier Your home is an animal-friendly working space, allowing your pets to roam throughout …

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Four Non-Cliché Holiday Tips to Keep You Productive

This may come as a surprise to you, but the holiday season is here. That means holiday music, eggnog, family get-togethers and the many yearly traditions will soon be all around us. It can be difficult to not daydream at work or lick your chops at the thought of all the food you will consume. However, this time of year, …

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Scariest Meeting Moments: PGi Employee Edition

We’ve all been on a conference call or virtual meeting when someone or something just seemed out of place – a line left off mute or a video stream that presented a “unique” situation. With Halloween right around the corner, we asked our PGi team members to share some of the scariest, funniest and most awkward meeting moments from this …

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What is Hygge and Can It Be Used in Your Work Life?

hygge

It seems like every day I hear about a new “fad” or lifestyle trend that is guaranteed to make me more productive, mentally healthier and just overall happier. From cognitive tricks to get more done in 90 minutes than you have in 30 days to eating different foods to power you through an afternoon slump, there’s always something to try …

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Women in History: Ada Lovelace

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This March, we have been honoring influential women in technology and history as a part of Women’s History Month. Over the past few weeks, we have celebrated tech pioneers Dr. Shirley Jackson, Dr. Erna Hoover and Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper. As spring kicks into full swing and Women’s History Month comes to a close, we have one more exceptional …

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Women in History: Rear Admiral Grace M. Hopper

As we continue our recognition of outstanding women in history, this week’s feature goes to Grace M. Hopper, an American computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral. The late Hopper, who often was called “Amazing Grace” by her peers, is credited for leading the team that created the first computer language compiler that was a precursor to the widely used …

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Customer Insights: Vacation Policies – How Does Your Company Compare?

Whether it’s a trip to visit family or an adventure across the globe, nothing is better than a vacation. And now that spring break is in full swing for many schools, that means many employees with children will be taking vacations very soon. But, as we have discussed before, paid vacation time in the U.S. isn’t as extensive as many …

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5 Key Takeaways from Mobile World Congress 2017

mobile world congress

Just a few weeks ago, many of our PGi team members spent the week in Barcelona at the 2017 Mobile World Congress tradeshow. MWC is the hub for all things mobile, and this year’s MWC was not without a breathtaking display of new technology that will change our lives at home, at work and on the go. Let’s take a …

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Women in History: Dr. Erna Hoover

In continuance with our ode to women who have played a role in shaping technology as we know it, PGi would like to take a moment to honor Dr. Erna Schneider Hoover. Dr. Hoover, born in 1926, is an American mathematician who is noted for making key contributions to the system architecture of the computerized telephone switching method, developed by …

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Women in History: Dr. Shirley Jackson

March is Women’s History Month and we wanted to take a moment to honor some of the innovative women who have played a role in shaping technology and the telecommunications industry as we know it. All throughout March, we will be honoring several influential women in technology who pioneered innovations that make our jobs and lives easier. Today, the spotlight …

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Productivity and Food: The Proof’s in the Pudding

food and productivity

Think back to the most productive day you’ve had this week. What are some of the things you remember doing that boosted your productivity? Maybe you tuned out the world with some soulful jazz or took a break and walked around the block to get fresh air and a fresh perspective. But do you remember what you ate? When we …

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Why Working in 90-Minute Bursts is Good for Your Brain & Your Job

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We’ve all been victim to the misery that is the “afternoon slump”. We’ve struggled through the slump, eyes heavy with fatigue, as we trudged to the office coffee pot, hopeful that a sweet cup of liquid caffeine would give us our fix and get us back on task. What if I told you that next time an afternoon slump hits, …

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Could the Four-Day Workweek Be the Key to Happier Employees and Increased Success?

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As the old saying goes, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”, and our work culture, which tends to prioritize work over play, has undoubtedly left many of us feeling pretty dull. We all have heard the talk about the importance of pursuing a better work-life balance but, with nearly 78% of American men and 67% of …

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IT Superheroes eBook

IT superheroes

Though their powers might fly under the radar, there is a group of elite superheroes working within your office at this very moment. These tried and tested heroes are constantly at work, protecting you from disasters that would put your work in jeopardy. Want to know who these mighty heroes are? Simply walk over to your IT department. That’s right. …

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Future of Work: VR Conferencing, Business Avatars and Virtual Professionalism

virtual reality

If you stay up to date with business and technology news, you undoubtedly know about the rise of virtual reality (VR) technology. Though the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR commercials boast the captivating promise of VR in the entertainment and gaming space, VR technology also holds massive potential for the corporate world. The possible uses for VR in the …

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How to Convince Your Boss to Approve Your Business Trip

business trip

The advent of technology like audio and video conferencing has enabled modern workers to connect with anyone, anywhere, simply with the touch of a button. As the mobile workforce grows and the telecommuting trends upwards, the business trip may seem like a needless luxury from a bygone era. However, in a few distinct circumstances, the business trip can still be …

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