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History of the 8 Hour Work Day

If you’re living in the States or Canada, welcome back to work after a nice, long Labor Day weekend. Back to the grind of working from 9 to 5 (or if you’re like most people we polled in our recent survey, even longer than that). This pattern of working eight hours a day is so engrained in our daily lives …

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10 Ways You Feel when You #TakeBack60

When you #TakeBack60 during your work week, there’s probably some intense emotions you’re feeling. But most of all you’re probably really, really happy and excited with all the time you’ve regained to do the things YOU want! 1. Maybe you feel like this: via GIPHY 2. Or like this: via GIPHY 3. You probably feel like this if you’re using …

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Murphy’s Law of Working from Home

Generation Z

Remember the old adage that states “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”, also known as Murphy’s Law? Well, that epigram holds very true for those of us who are remote workers. From Wi-Fi outages to the inevitable snack attack, something is bound to go wrong when working from home. As providers of software powering the WFH revolution, we …

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Using Science to Avoid the Midday Slump

If you’re like me, about an hour after lunch, you really start to struggle with staying energized and productive. It’s like trudging through mud uphill in a thunderstorm to reach the end of the day. …alright, maybe that was an exaggeration, but there’s actually a science behind why we hit the midday slump. A little thing called your circadian rhythm …

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4 Things We Can Learn about Social Selling from Shark Week

In case you’ve lived under a rock for the last 25 years, Shark Week is a week-long event hosted by Discovery Channel that features all things shark. From riveting research to shark attack survivor stories, the program has a cult following that gets just about everyone pumped about the aquatic species. If you’ve ever watched any part of the week-long …

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The Generation of Entrepreneurs

Millennials are often labeled with negative stereotypes. They’re seen as cocky, narcissistic, entitled or unfocused. As a millennial myself, I can say that I definitely understand where they come from. After I graduated college, right smack in the middle of the Great Recession, I honestly felt hopeless. Four years, a degree and thousands of dollars later, there I was without …

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8 Productivity Hacks from the Galaxy’s Top Executives

We live in a world where efficiency is key. It’s all about getting the most done in the least amount of steps. We are constantly searching for the quickest shortcut to get from point A to point B. How can we maximize our time and efforts? How do we get more out of what we put in? These are questions we ask …

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Embracing A Little Madness in the Workplace

NCAA Basketball Tournament

The 2015 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is a viral, annual American tradition woven into society and the workplace. Today, as the tournament begins, many sports fans will tune into the first round of games ranging from early afternoon until later this evening. And today, managers and IT teams around the country are wondering if and how they should put a …

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Check out PGi’s Aminu Timberlake on ESPN’s 30 for 30

PGi's Aminu Timberlake

This Sunday, March 15th ESPN is premiering its latest 30 for 30: “I Hate Christian Laettner.” Laettner, the film’s namesake, played basketball for the Duke University Blue Devils and is particularly famous for a game-winning shot against Kentucky in 1992, a game considered by many to be one of the best college basketball games ever played. Laettner is also infamous for …

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Prep for Valentine’s Day with PGi’s “Love” Round-Up

Valentine's Day Post Roundup

There are a lot of things we love here at the Future of Biz Collab. Collaboration. Meetings. Super nerdy watchfaces. The list goes on! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, let’s take a look back on how we’ve spread the love: Do your customers love your company? Last summer, PGi’s Kevin Lyons explored the many ways modern companies can …

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5 Places You Should Never Take Your Online Meetings

Online meetings are a fantastic way to stay in touch and collaborative while on-the-go. Thanks to mobile apps and developments in smartphone and tablet technology, you can have a full-fledged online meeting experience wherever you are. You don’t have to settle for dialing in anymore; you can view and share video, open files, chat, take notes and more for a …

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3 Virtual Team Building Activities for Happier Holidays

virtual team building activities

As we try to bring a little extra gratitude into the workplace this month, our thoughts turn to all of the great events that mark the holiday season in the workplace: holiday parties, team get-togethers, But what about virtual teams? With the increasing prevalence of flexible and remote work opportunities, teams can be more dispersed than ever before, across town …

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Master Unruly Audio with the Conference Call Flowchart

conference calls

In PGi’s most recent eBook, “The Modern Worker’s Etiquette Handbook,” we explore several modern business etiquette tips for email, social media, telecommuting and more. Online meetings and conference calls are one of the most common examples of where etiquette can fail modern workers. For conference calls, noisy surroundings, barking dogs, screaming children or simply bad, scratchy audio connections can ruin …

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3 Things You Should Never Say on a Conference Call

conference calls

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, conference calls are an inevitable part of your workday. They’re so commonplace that Tripp and Tyler’s video mocking them has, as of this writing, over 8 and a half million views on YouTube. That’s a lot of mockery: The question, of course, is this: if they’re such a common part of our workday, why are …

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Nerd Alert: Thoughts on Unplugging from a Smartphone Addict

smartphone addict

It may come as no surprise to you that I’m a wee bit addicted to my smartphone (not sure what gave it away). As much as I love staying tapped in and up-to-date on the latest tech, entertainment, gaming, sports or business news, I’m as guilty as anyone of being too tapped in, to the point of getting sucked in. …

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Best Weeks to Plan a Summer Vacation

Unfortunately, the best weeks to plan a summer vacation don’t have exact dates. What may be perfect for you, may be one of the worst weeks to take a vacation for someone else. Some good timing and a little planning can make any week a good time for a vacation. Here are some steps you should take when thinking of …

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Do’s and Don’ts for Friday Meetings

friday meetings

Everyone – we made it. It’s Friday, and there’s only a few short hours left between us and all of the home improvements, sports, friends, concerts or whatever it is that you’re passionate about when you’re not getting paid. There’s only one problem: your Friday calendar is still stuffed with meetings! So much for TGIF. Take heart, collaborators. Here are …

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The 7 Worst People You Meet on Conference Calls

There’s something about the comfortable visual anonymity of the conference call that brings out the worst in people. It’s like they think “Well, no one can see what I’m doing, so let’s see how disruptive I can be!” Here are the 7 absolute worst people you meet on conference calls on a daily basis. Any of these sound familiar? 1) …

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