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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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The Life of a Digital Nomad: 4 Tips for a Better Life

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If your job requires a lot of travel time, then you know the challenges you face when it comes to working remote. Where it’s staying connected, trying to access files, or sometimes, just finding a decent Wi-Fi signal, there are a lot of bumps in the road when you’re always working on the road. But being a “digital nomad” has …

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6 Ways to Inspire and Motivate Virtual Teams

One of today’s most prevalent trends in the workplace is the emergence of the virtual team.  More and more people are working outside the office, while still being held accountable for the same responsibilities, workloads, and deliverables as before. These teams of teleworkers often face much more complexity than traditional teams due to the differences in schedules, time zones, and …

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Pros and Cons of the New Era of Telework

Recently, PGi conducted a survey of knowledge workers around the world on the subject of telecommuting. Out of over 3,000 workers surveyed, an overwhelming majority (79%) have the opportunity to work remotely at least one day a week. Our survey also shed light on both the perceived benefits and negatives of telecommuting around the globe. While anecdotal evidence, the numbers …

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5 Interesting Flexible Jobs in Marketing and Sales

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Whether you’re a gainfully employed marketing maven or a sales phenom, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out on what types of jobs are out there. If you’re in the market (no pun intended) for a new marketing or sales job, these five interesting flexible jobs in marketing and sales just might pique your interest! Digital Marketing …

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Challenges of Working Remote and How to Beat Them

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Being a remote worker has its advantages. No commuting, more time to get errands done, better productivity and more. But there are some challenges that a full or part-time remote worker has to accept when they come on board into their position. Check out a few of the challenges of working remote and how they can be beat: Daily Distractions …

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How to Manage Vacations of Global Teams

Today’s global workforce spans many countries, cultures and perspectives. As this rapidly growing network of disparate workers becomes more interconnected into our organizations via telecommuting, the challenge of managing the complexity of holiday traditions, vacations and time off exponentially increases. Despite our ability to connect with the global marketplace, many of us remain wholly unfamiliar in the cultures and customs …

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Culture is the Key to Work-Life Balance

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Collaboration can be the gateway to work-life balance, true, but it can also lead to an environment where workers are expected to be constantly connected. The fact of the matter is that the technology in our lives has created a scenario where we’re inclined to check our phones at all hours of the night. It’s become engrained into our collective …

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The Manager’s Guide to Flexible Work Options

Gone are the days when employers thought flexible work options were only beneficial to employees. Sure, flex is a win/win for employees, since it allows them to work remotely (no more commuting!), save money (i.e., by not having to buy lunches, office attire, commuting costs, etc.), and gives them the ultimate in work-life balance, allowing them to customize their schedule …

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Flexible Teams

There’s just something about a new year that inspires almost everyone to make their resolutions. But as an employer, you should also create some resolutions for your company, too, particularly if you have a flexible or distributed team. Here are just five New Year’s resolutions to get you started: Set them up for success. During the previous calendar year, you …

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It’s Back!: The 12 Days of Telework

Ah, the holidays, the most wonderful time of year. Or is it? Between last minute gift shopping, heavier-than-normal traffic and end of the year projects at work, this time of year can actually be pretty chaotic. And with your personal life and work life crashing in on each other, its a great time to focus on achieving the work/life balance …

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Time for Personality to Shine

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Employers have neglected the impact personality can have on the success of flexible working, but researchers are turning their attention to strategies for smooth transitions, says Heather Greig-Smith. Not everyone desires flexibility. There are those who prefer to come into an office to work nine to five even if they are given flexibility over work location and time. Only some …

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5 Tips to Recruit Top Telecommuting Talent

Whether you have a remote or brick-and-mortar company, there may come a time when you need to hire a virtual worker. That’s a good thing, since opening up your talent pool to the virtual worker world means you’ll be able to find the best talent out there and not be limited by geographic locations. But here’s the thing: remote workers …

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R.I.P. to the Traditional 9 to 5

Finally, the time has come. The long overdue death of the traditional (and soul sucking) notion of a 9-5 workplace has arrived. It may seem like an apocalyptic end for some more traditional companies, but cubicle farms and chatty watercoolers are being replaced by a more productive, eco-friendly and cost-efficient method of working: telecommuting. Whether you want to call it …

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Why Getting a “Yes” for Flexible Work is Only the Beginning

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Securing a flexible working arrangement can feel like an end point. The truth is – it is only the beginning, says Flexible Boss editor Heather Greig-Smith. Of course, thinking through how a role will work flexibly is important. Convincing your line manager that this is good for the business and will keep valuable talent in the firm is also no …

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Remote Workers Will Succeed

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Ask any employer and he will tell you that the key to a successful company is a happy, unified, and productive workforce. After all, when employees are unhappy and disengaged from their jobs, the company on the whole can suffer. That’s why it’s crucial to look for the signs that will let you know your virtual team will be a …

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5 Interview Tactics to Weed Out Bad Remote Workers

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You have years and years of experience hiring traditional office workers for various positions within your company. So when it comes time to hire a remote worker, you might think that you can follow the exact same processes and procedures you’ve previously used in hiring office employees. Think again. Hiring a remote worker is quite different from in-office hirings. If …

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Gifographic: How Does Your Commute Compare to the World?

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Honk, honk! Beep, beep! Ah, the soothing sounds of commuting—there’s no better way to start or end the workday. Who are we kidding? Commuting is the worst! And according to the second annual PGi Global Telework Survey Report, most workers commute more than 30 minutes every day. How long is your commute: 15 minutes, 45 minutes, over an hour? See how your …

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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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