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5 Smartwatch Apps You Should Bring to Work

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According to Business Insider, the wearable computing market will reach 148 million units by 2019, and each day more companies are throwing more devices throw into the proverbial ring. Apple, Google (or rather, Google’s army of OEMs) and Microsoft are all fighting a battle for your wrist, and one of the most important fronts of that battle is the workplace. …

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How All-in-One Collaboration is Powering the Digital Workplace

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Today’s hyper-connected workplace is moving faster than ever before. It is truly a digital workplace, where the speed of information—and how that information gets shared across an organization—is paramount to that organization’s success. Businesses are constantly looking to optimize communication and collaboration. And today, we’re seeing an increasing trend towards streamlining collaboration by turning to all-in-one tools, combining traditionally disparate …

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Webcasting Solution Improves Global Employee Engagement for Belden Inc.

For well over one hundred years, Belden Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of networking connectivity and software products for enterprise, industrial, broadcast and security markets. The St. Louis-based company has a large global presence with 9,000 employees on nearly every continent. With such a strong global presence, however, Belden struggled to fully meet its goal of being a world-class …

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The American Workhorse: How to Work Smarter Not Longer

Working smarter is an art form, a science, and most of the time a healthy dose of both. Some of us are simply better at working smarter and make it look easy to those not in the know. Working smarter helps to avoid overworking and under producing. When it’s done right, you reap the benefits of more time to focus …

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4 Ways to Avoid a Burnout at Work

I’d like to be transparent for a moment. I really think the age-old adage, “You’ll never a work a day in your life if you love what you do”, is subjective. Every job has its ups and downs, no matter how passionate you are about what you’re doing. There’s always going to be periods where you’re clocking in long hours, …

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Customer Insight Series: A Lesson on the Benefits of Telework

At PGi, we love insights—especially those from our customers. We love learning more about what their daily lives as knowledge workers are like, how they use collaboration technology and more. Understanding our customers not only gives us a peek into how we can create new features or completely new products to address common pain points, but it also gives us …

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25 Productivity Hacks from Top Sales Professionals

Productivity is a major goal for everyone these days. For some, it is the key to promotion, for others it means more free time down the road. In either case, employees at businesses of all sizes and types struggle to work more efficiently and meet the goals aligned with their organization’s strategic objectives. From getting distracted to not even knowing …

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Got Video?: Using Video to Speed up Sales

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Sales professionals are always looking for ways to connect and engage with prospects and turn them into true opportunities. They’re also looking for ways to warm up leads that have long been left untouched. But with so much competition in the marketplace, sales teams need to make sure they stand out and make a lasting impression. The solution to the …

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The Problem with Docs, Drops and Camps

If you work in marketing, you know all about the pain points associated with the “Docs, Drops and Camps” approach to getting work done.  Pains like limited file storage, awkward sharing with internal teams and external vendors, and having to use a variety of tools which are not integrated. Each of these tools has limitations in key areas. What you need is …

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Vendor Soup and Productivity Drains

If your marketing department is like ours, the number of players on your roster keeps growing. Simply managing the quantity of meetings these relationships require is overwhelming. Now add the internal folks competing for your attention along with deadlines, answering emails, keeping track of documents and the constant stream of requests from executives. Read the article “Vendor Soup and Other Productivity …

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9 Essential Tech Tools Every Business Traveler Needs

We’ve all been there. You’re on the road, traveling for business and your smartphone battery dies. Nowhere to plug in, and you’re stuck in a meeting until 5. In addition to the prescribed laptop and smartphone is a battery charging pack—and these eight other tech tools every business traveler needs. External battery pack. Major airports have gotten much better at …

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5 New Apps to Boost Your Productivity

We all have our tricks to get more done during the workday. We turn our IM to “do not disturb,” work from home, shut off our smartphones and doodle to-do lists on napkins. Fortunately for workers everywhere, there are a bunch of new(ish) apps available to help get more done in less time. Here are five new apps to boost …

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Why Silence Is Critical to Good Business Collaboration

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Business collaboration is now considered the path to innovation, and as a result, companies do everything they can to ensure communication is constant, teams are always connected and doors remain open to every idea. Work follows employees everywhere through mobile, cloud-based technology, and the office itself is designed to increase opportunities for collaboration to happen. In an effort to maximize …

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Master Back-to-School with These Productivity Apps

Today, thousands of children head back to school, and that means added strain on working parents. From remembering bus schedules and parent-teacher conferences to soccer practice and after school activities, keeping your children on schedule while maintaining your own schedule can be stressful. Staying productive and organized can be made a little easier with a few productivity apps. To ease …

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How to Stop Dreading Your Sundays

Do you find yourself dreading your Sunday, knowing that your weekend is quickly drawing to a close and yet another workweek is about to rear its ugly head? I know I’ve fallen into that mid-Sunday-afternoon malaise, as the fun-filled frivolity of Friday and Saturday gives way to thoughts of data-filled spreadsheets and encroaching deadlines. Central Desktop’s Adam McKibbin explored this …

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How to Get More Out of Your Workday

Recently, I have come to the conclusion that there are very few things worse than fighting a losing battle against your own eyelids. This can be especially frustrating while trying to get things done at the office. Getting a good night’ s rest is a solid start, but here are five additional healthy habits that will help propel you forward into a more …

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4 Tips For Becoming a Better Leader in Your Workplace

When you read this – LEADER What is the first thing that pops into your head? Wait, let me guess. You’re picturing someone in front of a crowd. They’re probably wearing a suit? Maybe you see the CEO of a public company. Obama? Taylor Swift? The Pope? An endless combination of different personal experiences and beliefs provides everyone with their …

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Tech-Free vs. Tech-Aided: Do Gadgets Belong in Your Meetings?

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In your next business meeting, look around. Is someone glancing at their smartwatch every minute, tapping on a smartphone, opening up email on a laptop or scrolling through Twitter on a tablet? The average worker now carries multiple devices with them at work, and those gadgets follow them everywhere, from the desk to meetings. However, not all companies agree on whether …

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Can Transparency Make Us More Collaborative?

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Committing to a collaborative business culture requires the abandonment of relics from yesteryear, like rigid departmental silos that keep team members in the dark about what’s happening on other teams—or sometimes even what’s happening in different areas of their own team. Traditionally, these silos also separate management from the huddled masses. In today’s forward-thinking businesses, these barriers are quickly breaking …

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Author Phil Simon Tackles Ineffective Workplace Communication in His Latest Book, ‘Message Not Received’

Author Phil Simon discusses Message Not Received

Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of email you receive at work? Do you zone out in meetings when your colleagues start throwing out words like “synergy” and “action items”? Or, worse, are you yourself guilty of leaning on email and jargon as crutches to get you through your day? Be honest. We won’t tell anyone. For author Phil …

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