Telecommuting

6 Reasons Why Your Small Business Might Benefit from Freelance Workers

If your small business is growing much more quickly than you expected—or you temporarily need help from professionals with specialized skills—freelance workers might be a smart option for you. Here’s why: Flexible labor and benefits costs. Hiring a full-time employee with benefits can be a big commitment for any small business — but hiring freelancers may be a more flexible choice. “When …

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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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Turn iMeet Into Your Virtual Office with These Smartphone Tips

For remote workers, teleworkers or geographically disparate teams, one of the most common criticisms is that you lose that serendipitous meeting experience. You can’t drop by someone’s desk or start a spontaneous brainstorm by the coffee machine if everyone is working from home or are spread across the country or the globe. Luckily, advances in collaboration technologies and our very …

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New iOS 7 Features for Easier Collaboration

With the usual amount of fanfare, Apple released its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, on September 18th. iOS 7 represents the most drastic overhaul for the iPhone® and iPad® to date; the entire OS has been completely redesigned from top to bottom. iOS 7 features hundreds of new features and a completely redesigned aesthetic. While I may be an …

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How an Online Meeting Tool Helped Me Survive During the Perfect Storm of Sickness

Earlier this year, I was hit with two highly contagious and pretty brutal illnesses after visiting family. While out sick, I used iMeet so I could still attend virtual meetings and stay connected to my team. When I went home, I spent a lot of quality time with my twin niece and nephew. A week after returning to Atlanta, I …

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Federal government making strides in telework and virtual meetings

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If telecommuting is your goal, consider a job with the government. Over the past few years, the federal government has made tremendous strides in allowing its employees to work from home. For instance, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently granted employees permission to telecommute up to five days a week and implemented flexible work hours to allow employees other …

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Welcome to Workation Nation

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With Labor Day weekend fast approaching here in the US, workers across the country are trying to squeeze in that last trip to the beach or weekend with friends to recoup and recharge for the rest of the year. Time off is essential for work-life balance and, quite frankly, our sanity; I’m insistent on my team making the most 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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Seven Ways to Get Great Ideas out of a Virtual Brainstorming Session

As the business world becomes more global, you may find yourself collaborating with colleagues and clients from all over the world. Because of this, online meeting software has become a vital tool for businesses. With the right meeting technology, individuals can still stay connected no matter their geographic locations. Try these seven techniques to help you effectively brainstorm during your …

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Are You Listening? Using Meeting Tools to Get Guest Feedback During a Meeting

If not executed successfully, meetings can be one of the biggest wastes of time in the corporate world. Because of this, people are constantly looking for ways to improve their meetings by trying various techniques that allow them to efficiently share information with colleagues and clients. It’s vital to the success of your meetings to realize that a meeting should …

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Busting telecommuting myths: research uncovers hidden benefits

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Telecommuting is increasing in popularity as both businesses and employees experience the productivity, cost savings and benefits it offers. A recent interview with Dr. Kathryn Fonner, Assistant Professor at UW-Milwaukee, breaks through several telecommuting myths and demonstrates the impact and value telecommuting for employees, including: increased job satisfaction, reduced stress and time pressure due to interruptions, and less exposure to …

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Working with Millennials: Appealing to the Next Generation of Leaders

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In the 20+ years I’ve spent creating, growing and nurturing PGi, I’ve seen workers come and go, technology ebb and change and the workplace itself evolve into something that would be wholly unrecognizable to my parents. Progressive offices are bright and open, creating collaborative environments with fewer walls and fewer hierarchies. Workers set their own schedules. Meetings happen anytime, anywhere …

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What Kind of People Work in Coworking Spaces?

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As I sit in my local coworking space in London, I watch as the modern, card-operated door slides open to welcome members new and old into the beautiful Victorian building known now as The Hub Kings Cross. But what of the 6,000 or so independent workers in The Hub network with access to over 20 coworking spaces around the world …

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Are You Ready for the Workplace of the Future?

How do you define the future of work, and what does the workplace of the future look like? In a word: freedom. The workplace of the future sheds the idea of private, assigned spaces in favor of openness, collaboration and flexibility. Knowledge workers thrive on teamwork and spontaneous ideation, and if companies hope to attract and retain top talent, they …

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How Mobile Devices are Impacting Business Environments

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With the ubiquity of mobile devices—smartphones, tablets and even phablets—in the workplace today, it’s hard to imagine getting work done without them. Our smartphones still provide our phone calls and text messages but also bring us our email, manage our calendars, keep track of our notes and even connect us to our meetings. Our tablets bring all the power of …

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Work is Not a Place: 7 Tips for Seeking Freedom From Your Cubicle

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Most U.S. employees have the day off for Independence Day, and with this holiday comes fireworks, summer heat and picnics. However, seeking freedom in our lives is a much greater charge and challenge, and one that has grown increasingly complex. The freedom to work anywhere—regardless of device or location—and share ideas globally, productively and creatively, is a core vision that …

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What’s your favorite way to connect?

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Telecommuting is on the rise. Approximately 20-30 million people work from home at least one day a week, according to the United States Census Bureau. Advances in communication and information technologies have made collaboration easier for employees who may not be physically located in the same office—or even the same time zone. Telecommuters are taking advantage of the explosion of …

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Killer Telecommuting Challenges and How to Defeat Them

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As a work and life choice, telecommuting can pose unique challenges to those who adopt the practice. Below are several common telecommuting challenges and the targeted techniques you can use to solve them today. You feel isolated Do you sometimes feel lonely as a telecommuter? Feelings of loneliness and isolation are a frequent issue for those who work from home …

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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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The dark side of telecommuting: does working from home hurt your career?

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Invisibility and isolation are two key challenges when considering telecommuting as a career choice. But is time away from the office hurting your professional path? Telecommuting holds numerous advantages for professionals, and we’re passionate about sharing and discussing these many benefits with business consumers. Improvements in productivity, work-life balance, cost savings and benefits for the planet are just a few …

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