Telecommuting

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

team building

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)

telecommuter

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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Telecommuting Tips: Building Rapport on Virtual Teams

telecommuting tips

Workplace trends show that telecommuting is the future of work, but separated by miles, virtual teams struggle to develop working relationships. Without conversational moments by the break room microwave, or a cubicle neighbor to borrow a highlighter, how do virtual teams build rapport` Telecommuting Tips: Becoming More Successful & Trustworthy Virtual teams are beneficial and even critical to some businesses. To be …

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Q&A With Sara Sutton Fell, Part III: The Future of Flex Work

future of flex work

It’s an exciting time to be a worker as companies start to zero in on one of employees’ biggest wants—flex work. We expect to see a lot more of it as globalization and virtual collaboration bloom and companies see the benefits of flex work to productivity and reduced costs. However, this evolution doesn’t stop with the availability of telecommuting. In …

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Q&A With Sara Sutton Fell, Part II: Managing Flex Workers

managing teleworkers

Flex work is still new ground for many companies, and transitioning to a virtual workforce requires new policies and guidelines. However, most of the guidelines tend to focus on the telecommuter, not on the manager (in-office or otherwise) who can determine whether a virtual team is a success or failure. The CEO of FlexJobs and Founder of the 1 Million …

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Q&A With Sara Sutton Fell: 3 Misconceptions About Flex Work

flex work misconceptions

As we’ve said many times before, work is not a place, and we believe flex work is here to stay. You may think flex workers are less productive, that flex work is a perk or that it simply doesn’t work for everyone, but we think you’ve got it all wrong. To address some of the top misconceptions about flex work, …

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Managing Telecommuters: Let Employees Create Your WFH Policy

managing telecommuters

You give employees the floor in town halls, you let them weigh in on big decisions and some of you even let employees choose their own job titles, but how many managers let employees create their own work-from-home (WFH) policy? In the great debate on whether telecommuting leads to greater productivity or just more Netflix binge watching, employee input could just …

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Celebrate Georgia Telework Week with PGi’s Telecommuting Top 5

September 15th-19th has been officially proclaimed as the fifth annual Georgia Telework Week. PGi is headquartered here in Atlanta, Georgia, and as providers of collaboration solutions, we’re big fans of telecommuting and telework. To celebrate the kick-off of Georgia Telework Week, we’ve compiled our Telecommuting Top 5, a list of our favorite and most popular telecommuting articles, covering everything from …

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How to Squeeze the Most Out of the Rest of Your Summer Vacation

Are you trying to squeeze in one last getaway before summer officially comes to a close? About 82 percent of workers check in with the office daily while on vacation, creating what we call a workation—a blending of work and vacation. Although it might not seem like the ideal scenario, you can successfully enjoy your vacation while stayin­g connected to …

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The Modern Retreat: Meet Your Virtual Team on Workation

work trends for virtual teams

The dreaded workation crams work into employees’ personal time off, but there’s another version of the workation that can be energizing and productive for the entire business: the company-planned workation. The traditional company workation (a.k.a. the corporate retreat) brings to mind team-building activities in the woods and executives talking strategy on the golf course, but the latest work trends in …

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Types of Flex Work

Flexible work arrangements give employees the freedom they need to successfully balance their personal and professional lives. There are several different types of flexible work arrangements. Although this is not an exhaustive list, here are 12 of the most common types of flex work: [slideshare id=38001135&doc=typesofflexworkpgi-140814132216-phpapp01] 1. Compressed Work Employees work a 40-hour work week in less than the traditional …

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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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