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Tips to Beat the Fourth-Quarter Blues

I’ve got the Fourth Quarter Blues. And no, I’m not talking about the song – although it’s a pretty catchy tune. I’m talking about the all-hands-on-deck, end-of-year, home-stretch kind of fourth-quarter blues. That time of year when the calendar starts to wind down and business teams all around the world are hustling to close one last deal or secure one …

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Death of the Home Office

The last time you worked from home, where did you set up shop? Your couch, bed, kitchen table or outside on your porch? A decade ago, a telecommuter wouldn’t have the leisure of posting up for the day on their couch. A telecommuter back then would need a full home office setup to be successful — a dedicated desk with a desktop computer, …

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Should You Work From Home Today? PGi’s Work from Home Flowchart Will Help You Decide (Hint: You Should) — Infographic

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If you’re like me, you may have the ability to work from home, but you don’t utilize that ability as often as you’d like. I am currently working from home and, as I write this, I am overcome with paranoia. Do my co-workers think I’m being a slacker by working from home today? Is my boss secretly mad that I …

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Are Americans Shaming Their Co-Workers Who Work From Home?

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Remote work, telecommuting and telework are all terms that everyone has become familiar with over the last decade. With the proliferation of IT consumerization and Bring Your Own Tech (BYOT), it has become easier than ever for everyone to stay connected and in tune with work during all hours of the day (and night). In fact, PGi’s 2016 Global Telework …

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Snow Days and Tube Strikes: How Telework Policies Can Save Your Workday

Over the last week, Winter Storm Helena ground transportation to a halt across the United States. From almost three feet of snow in Colorado to slick and ice-glazed roads in Atlanta, the storm has resulted in rolling closures of offices of all industries across the country, and has continued its way up the Northeastern Coast. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, London …

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Top 10 Coolest Coworking Spaces in the US

With flexible working hours, mobile productivity and virtual meetings becoming the new normal for professionals across the globe, start-ups and freelancers are looking to alternatives to traditional office environments to stay connected and get inspired. Coworking spaces, shared workspaces that members can join for a fee that provide power, Wi-Fi and other office amenities, are an increasingly popular choice for …

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Flex Work Schedules Could Help Attract Top Talent

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If you’ve spent any amount of time reading our blog, you know that we are huge advocates for finding the perfect balance between professional and personal life. And while that’s an ideal goal, a recent EY survey revealed that one-third of employees report that managing a work-life balance has become harder than ever before. The same survey also showed that …

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4 Ways to Achieve Gold in the Telecommuting Games

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As the world’s most talented athletes gather in Rio this summer to fight for the gold, you are stuck at home, watching from afar. While you may not have the speed of Usain Bolt, the grace of Gabby Douglas or the serve of Novak Djokovic, fear no more because with these tips on dos and don’ts, you are guaranteed to …

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Dos and Don’ts of Managing a Remote Team

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Working remotely has become an increasingly popular option for employees from all different industries, but the rise of telecommuters and field workers poses unique challenges for in-office management. An engaged and productive field team can be the factor that differentiates a business from its competitors, but only if that team is engaged and productive while on the job. No matter …

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4 Recruiting Tips from Top Remote Companies

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No doubt about it: the success of a company ultimately comes down to its workforce. After all, when you have a united, happy, productive team whose members feel valued and respected and whose talents are utilized, the company has the potential to reach new heights each and every day. But when your company is a remote one, you have to …

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“Two Sides of the Telecommuting Coin”: A Telecommuting Checklist for Remote Workers and Their Managers

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As the popularity of remote work continues to trend upwards, the particular trials and tribulations of the telecommuter become more defined. But the spotlight is often placed on the plight of the remote worker, which fails to examine the other side of the telecommuting equation. PGi’s Two Sides of the Telecommuting Coin: Remote Work Tips for Teleworkers and Their Managers is …

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7 Home Office Essentials You Can’t Live Without

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When it comes to working from home, your environment can have a marked effect on your ability to be productive. The good news is that you don’t have to be a feng shui master to create a home office that you love. With just a few simple tweaks and some strategic home office shopping, you can create a home office …

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2016 Global Telework Survey

By now, we are all familiar with the idea of telecommuting, and rightly so. In a 2015 Gallup poll, it was found that telecommuting has seen a 37 percent rise in popularity in the last decade. But let’s stop and think for a second. If remote work is so popular, why are commute times still outrageous? Why are some companies …

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7 Myths of Remote Work, Debunked

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As telecommuting grows in popularity and prevalence, the misconceptions and myths associated with telecommuting grow as well. If you’ve never worked remotely, you might not be able to discern fact from fiction when it comes to the realities of telecommuting. Let’s debunk the seven biggest myths of remote work once and for all so you can know the truth about telecommuting. …

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How to Build Trust on Virtual Teams

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Remember the trust falls you used to do as a team-building exercise at summer camp? Now imagine the people catching you in a trust fall are people you’ve never met in real life. You probably wouldn’t feel too safe stepping off that ledge. When it comes to virtual relationships, establishing trust can be incredibly difficult, but for remote workers, building …

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Providing a Collaborative Edge for Remote and In-Person Teams

Flexible and remote work are both on the rise, and as a result it’s easy to see why there’s so much business demand for collaboration solutions, such as web and video conferencing and online team workspaces. The new virtual team needs intuitive, integrated and centralized ways to communicate quickly, share documents and manage their various projects. However, collaboration software isn’t …

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3 Tips for Convincing Your Company’s Leadership to Embrace Flexible Work Options

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For weeks (or maybe even months), you’ve been regaling your boss with the many benefits of remote work. But as much as you’ve been trying to get him to adopt a more flexible work mindset, he’s still stuck in traditional office operating mode. If you’re itching to work from home, these three tips for convincing your company’s leadership to embrace flexible work …

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12 Earth Day Quotes to Celebrate Mother Nature

Holiday celebrations in the workplace are a great way to break up the monotony of the work week. Earth Day allows us to celebrate the beauty of our planet while actively working to preserve that beauty for future generations. So utilize Earth Day as an opportunity to do some good. Make today a print-free work day. Have a waste-free lunch. …

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2016 Future of Business Collaboration eBook

Collaboration is the heart of businesses everywhere, and it’s much more than solutions or products—it’s the combination of people, tools and technology working seamlessly together to help people communicate and work more effectively. This year’s Future of Business Collaboration eBook focuses on just that–the idea that technology is evolving to help create a more employee-focused workplace, and to help workers …

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New Flexible Work Policy? How to Get Your Team on Board

Even though your company plans on sticking with its brick-and-mortar roots, it wants to adopt a more modern way of conducting business. One of the ways it plans to achieve that is by adopting a flexible work policy in which staffers will have the ability to customize their workday based on the needs of the company, as well as their …

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