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10 Best Apps for Virtual Team Building

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Do you know what your teammates’ watched on TV last night? Do you know who prefers to talk on the phone and who prefers instant messaging? Do you know who the early risers and night owls are? If you answered no, it’s time to get to know your remote co-workers a little better. Here are 10 of the most fun …

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Murphy’s Law of Working from Home

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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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10 Commandments of Virtual Teams

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Virtual teams are becoming a norm for modern businesses. According to PGi’s 2015 Global Telework Survey, 79% of knowledge workers reported working outside the office. With more teams working remote, it’s important to remember a few commandments to keep teams working successfully. Check out PGi’s 10 commandments for virtual teams: 10 Commandments of Virtual Teams from PGi 1. Thou Shalt …

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The Power of Saying ‘Good Morning’ to Your Virtual Team

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Saying “Good morning!” is something you do without thinking in the office but quickly forget when you’re working from home. But greeting your teammates is one of the best morning routines you can establish for virtual team building. Here’s why those two little words are such a powerful start to your workday: 1. It helps you establish a morning routine. A …

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10 Reasons Remote Workers are Great for Business

In PGi’s recent Global Telework Survey, we gathered responses from around the globe about the state of teleworking. Approximately 79 percent of those surveyed stated they worked remotely at least one day per week. The survey also found that more than ever before, companies are embracing flexible working, with 66 percent of respondents saying telecommuting is more positively viewed in …

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My Must-Have WFH Accessory

Telecommuting is awesome. You get to skip your commute, you can knock out household chores in between work assignments and you can change up your scenery to kickstart your creativity and productivity. However, engaging in remote work isn’t simply a matter of bringing your stuff home; there are several technological and environmental considerations you should make when setting out to …

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Collaboration Without Boundaries

Collaboration without boundaries of time, geography or culture.

We live and work in a world of constant connections, where technology keeps us tied into what’s happening at home, the office and around the world 24/7/365. We’re never more than a smartphone notification or desktop alert away from the latest project updates, document revisions, action items and decisions, regardless of when, where or how we choose to work. These overlapping, …

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How to Show Gratitude to Your Remote Team

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I’ve never ascribed to the notion that my team should be thankful for being employed, or that they somehow owe me or the company a debt for giving them a job. Rather, I endeavor to surround myself with people that humble me with their contributions and skills, people that I am thankful to have the pleasure to know and work …

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Back to School Time? Utilize Flex Work to Maximize Your Family Time

I am a family man, through and through. As much as I value my experiences working at PGi and all of the innovative technologies and creative people I get to work with, nothing is more precious to me than the time I get to spend with my girls – my two daughters and my lovely wife – and our most …

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My Telecommuting Personality: The Distracted Worker

In our recent eBook “7 Telecommuting Personalities”, we outlined 7 distinct personalities of workers who engage in remote work, telework or flex work, including common personality traits, needs, technological requirements for online meetings and more. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses are a vital part of any workplace endeavor, but telecommuting presents a unique series of challenges to maintaining efficiency and …

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4 Essentials for Your Home Office

Whether your work from home full time or just one day a week, it’s important to have the right space and tools for your home office. You want to make sure you have a working space where you are comfortable and free of distractions. Here are 4 essentials that every home office needs. 1.      Peace and quiet Offices are not …

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Are You Productive When Working Remotely?

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According to PGi’s latest survey and infographic, 80% of businesses are now offering employees the option to telecommute. With remote work continuing to grow as a workplace trend, there’s one very important question we need to ask ourselves: are we actually productive while working remotely? While most people dream of being able to work from home, it’s not for everyone; …

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3 Reasons why Companies Allow Remote Work

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The latest advances in technology have made it possible for employees to work from home, hotel rooms and even airports. By using smartphones, tablets and online meeting tools, people can work from just about anywhere. But, you may wonder why companies would allow their employees to work from places other than the office? Here are three ways a company can …

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How Technology is Transforming Leadership

The only way to be an effective leader is to constantly challenge yourself to improve. Regardless of your title or industry, true leaders are constantly evolving and learning, adapting to new expectations, new models of thinking and new faces. As business leaders, technology has added yet another layer of complexity. By redefining the workforce, reimagining ways to get work done …

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On the Third Day of Telework My Workers Gave to Me an Increase in Productivity

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Over the years at PGi, I’ve had the same conversation with executives and managers in a variety of fields about telecommuting. They say that telecommuting doesn’t work for their company, their industry or their people. They feel like they have to see their workers to know they’re doing what they’re being paid to do. This isn’t just an antiquated model …

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The Role of Technology in Collaborative Leadership

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I travel quite a bit in my role here at PGi. I’m regularly meeting with investors, our board of directors, current and potential customers and even PGi associates in any of our offices around the globe. I’m passionate about what I do but I miss my beautiful family, my daughters and my wife, dearly while I’m away. There’s also significant …

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Trade Casual Fridays for Virtual Fridays

If you work in a traditional office, then you probably appreciate Casual Fridays as much as I do, the day when we can shed our slacks and suits for jeans and short sleeves. It’s a welcome reprieve to kick off the weekend and often leads to a more relaxed and fun atmosphere at the office. However, with the rise of …

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Do you have the personality for telecommuting?

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time here at PGi, it’s that telecommuting effectively takes a unique set of skills and personality traits. I am fortunate to have the flexibility to telecommute on a regular basis, and it’s not always easy; it takes an immense amount of self-discipline and responsibility to stay on task and remain productive when …

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How Plantronics Promotes Collaboration and Telecommuting Through Design

I recently came across a video featuring our good friends at Plantronics. In it, SmartPlanet takes a look at how Plantronics has radically redesigned its aging office spaces to promote collaboration and provide flexible working environments for its employees through the use of vibrant colors, multiple desk options and open design principles. Collaborative spaces are lit with natural light through …

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A New Way to Work: 5 Reasons to Try a Coworking Space

Co-working spaces are sometimes referred to as “third places” – home being the first, workplaces the second. By providing open desks and private meeting rooms in a relaxed and flexible environment, co-working spaces occupy that middle ground between the home office and the traditional office. In his book The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg argues that third places are important …

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