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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

saying good morning at work

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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Why Your Business Needs Remote Workers

Generation Z

Telecommuting is a phrase that’s been around for quite some time, but until recently, the idea hasn’t been a mainstream business practice. In PGi’s recent Global Telework Survey, it was found that more than ever before, companies are embracing flexible working, with 66 percent of respondents saying telecommuting is more positively viewed in their organization. With remote work programs gaining …

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Flexibility vs. Agility: Is Flexibility a Dirty Word?

flexibility vs agility

In some quarters, flexibility has become a dirty word. One to be banished from business terminology for sending the wrong message. That’s not to say these people and organisations are demanding that their employees are chained to their desks from nine to five and beyond, refusing to allow freedom in working practices. When it comes to being flexible, some of …

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Coolest Coworking Spaces in the Top 10 Metro Areas

coworking spaces

Of the 79 percent of employees now working outside the office, 10 percent set up shop at shared workspaces, according to the second annual Global Telework Survey by PGi. Also known as coworking spaces, these home office alternatives provide the perfect balance of flexibility, socialization and structure for telecommuters, as well as upgraded space to meet in person, video conference, network …

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Video or IM? A Communication Flowchart for Virtual Teams

virtual team communication

Working outside the office is now the new norm, which means the “office” is now a digital workplace. Instead of conference rooms, break rooms and adjoining cubicles, virtual teams now use video conferencing, social media and instant messaging to manage workflows, communicate and build better teamwork. However, now that your virtual team has so many tools at your disposal, how …

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How to Recreate Water-Cooler Chat for Virtual Team Building

virtual water-cooler chat

Water-cooler chat: A brief, marvelous moment in the workday when employees share office buzz and tales from the weekend outside of their cubicles—and a must-have for virtual team building. Bonding, constructive criticism, knowledge sharing and innovation are the fruits of such spontaneous communication. But when your workers’ only interactions are online or on the phone, how do you capture the …

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What’s the Best Virtual Team Building Activity You Can Do?

virtual team building activities

Virtual happy hours, remote office tours, online show-and-tell—everyone loves to get creative with virtual team building activities to bond and play from afar. So what’s the best virtual team building activity you can do? Create a plan for better communication. Sure, it’s not as exciting as beating your boss in a video game or as funny as your icebreakers, but …

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PGi’s New Survey Reveals the Latest Global Telework Stats

2015 Global Telework Stats

Flexible work is on the rise all over the globe. Knowledge workers the world over are increasingly wanting—if not demanding—the ability to telecommute at least part-time. Whether it’s to skip a brutal commute, improve work-life balance or simply work with less distractions, telework isn’t a nice-to-have anymore; it’s increasingly a must-have. As the world’s largest dedicated provider of collaboration software …

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Reviving Family Time through Telecommuting

Family Time

With online meetings making telecommuting and remote work easier than ever, why do so many of us still seem to struggle with work/life balance? In less than a month, two Silicon Valley executives have taken a step down from their prestigious positions. On March 10, 2015, Google’s CFO, Patrick Pichette, announced his retirement. Shortly thereafter, Uber’s CFO, Brent Callinicos also …

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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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The Increasing Importance of Virtual Meetings for Team Building

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Team building is a challenge. Getting different personalities to work and succeed together is a task in itself, but with the addition of distance and physical barriers, team building becomes increasingly more difficult, as well as increasingly more important. Without ongoing communication and tools like virtual meetings, virtual teams cannot develop cohesive work relationships, and in turn, group goals suffer. …

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Quiz: Does Your Virtual Team Show You Love?

virtual team love

If your virtual team had a collective pulse, would it be a strong gallop or a weak thud? Healthy working relationships matter just as much, if not more, for remote workers to efficiently reach group goals. However, these teams face a slew of communication barriers, from missing body language cues to unstructured project management. These obstacles make collaboration difficult, let …

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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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Resolve Your Way to Better Meetings in 2015

Resolve your way to better online meetings

A new year is upon us, and, if you haven’t already, it’s time to come up with a resolution or two for 2015. You can always go cliché with your resolutions—read more books, get healthy, call mom more, etc. But if you’re interested in skyrocketing your productivity at work, you might instead take a look at resolving to address some …

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Telecommuting Tips for Last-Minute Holiday Shoppers

last-minute holiday shopping

About 79 percent of Americans plan to finish up holiday shopping at the last minute, according to the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. And, to keep up with the holiday flurry, many workers will turn to the flexibility of telecommuting to stay connected while shopping, traveling and minding the kids on winter break. Working from home during the holidays …

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12 Days of Telework | Work-life Balance Tips for the Holidays

Sure, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. But it’s also the busiest, most stressful and most chaotic time for workers everywhere. With your work-life pulling and your personal-life pushing, telework—full-time or part-time—is a great way to achieve the balance you desperately need. We hope that you can take the advice for our series, “The 12 Days of Telework,” …

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Central Desktop Asks, “Homing from Work: Good or Bad?”

homing from work

While Cyber Monday may be behind us (much to the relief of my wallet), the end of the year still represents a time of constant distraction for workers. There are office holiday parties to attend, more gifts to buy, decorations to arrange—the list goes on! Does bringing these personal tasks into the workplace really harm productivity, or do these breaks …

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How to Show Gratitude to Your Remote Team

remote teams

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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Tales from a Terrible Telecommuter (or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love WFH)

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I’ve had the good fortune in my career to this point to always have at least some ability to work from home. Whether in an extreme case of a Results Only Work Environment where I never had to go in to the office to a more hybrid approach of working from home as needed, I’ve enjoyed my fair share of …

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