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3 Steps for Creating a Sustainable HR Function: Green Recruitment Trends

It feels good to be green — especially in Human Resources. With the desire to be environmentally conscious and maximize HR effectiveness, green recruitment trends are quickly becoming top-of-mind action items for businesses across the globe. Over the past 10 years, environmental sustainability trends have cropped up throughout the enterprise, and HR departments are leading the charge. And for good …

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Confessions of an HR video junkie: how recruiters can increase profit

This article was written by Kim Pettibone, Director of Talent Management, PGi Human Resources  Recruiters—who make their money based on their ability to convince a company that they bring a unique level of service and the best candidates to an employer—know they have to prove their chops.  Let’s face it, top talent, even in today’s market, has their choice of …

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Featured on GreenBiz.com: How to know if telecommuting will work for your employees

It’s a no-brainer, really. Telecommuting can save businesses billions of dollars in travel costs and overhead expenses while also significantly reducing environmental pollutants and paper consumption. Teleworking benefits to the planet are widely recognized and valued: cities cleaner air, businesses increased efficiency and productivity, and lower operational costs. Each person telecommuting just one day a week can save the company …

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Tech Back Your Sales Results: An IT Checklist for Online Meetings

I doubt technology is one of the things that keeps you up at night. But it’s very possible that it should be. I talk to CEOs from different companies every day, and hands down, their top two biggest complaints are: Their sale teams aren’t meeting their targets. Their cost per sale is too high. Sound familiar? Ever since the down …

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New Research: Dress to Be Confident and Creative at Work

Have you taken your prospecting to an entirely new level with video? Video is the new sales tool you can’t do without, and was the topic for my video webinar with inside sales expert Josiane Feigon of Telesmart last month. This month we shared ways you can put your prospecting on steroids with video. It’s amazing how much impact video can have …

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Is Poor Technology Keeping You From Hitting Your Numbers?

Most salespeople think about meetings in terms of purpose, frequency and pipeline. But there’s one critical areas that most sales professionals overlook, and it’s often the area that’s most tied to revenue. Here are the typical sales questions when it comes to meetings: 1) What’s the purpose of the call? Is it an explorational first meeting? A product demo? Or …

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How to protect your video conferencing equipment from hackers

Video conferencing is a highly effective way for companies and organizations to communicate with clients, contractors, colleagues and other people who can’t be physically present for a conventional meeting. It saves time, cuts down on expenses and eliminates the carbon emissions associated with commuting and business travel. But the information that is sent back and forth may be sensitive, and …

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Ten jobs changed by video conferencing

In our quest to get the best service possible, whether from doctors, music teachers or financial consultants, we were once limited by geography. But since the advent of the webcam, our options have become virtually limitless. Video conferencing has made interactive meetings possible even when the participating parties are located in different countries. Now, a wide range of occupations are …

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iMeet Shines Bright‚ Wins Silver at 2012 Edison Awards

PGi had one goal in mind when creating iMeet‚ abolish soul-sucking meetings. The iMeet experience is unlike any other product on the market. It expands on basic video conferencing, giving users their own personal online meeting room that integrates with their favorite social media and file sharing applications. A cloud-based application, iMeet was designed to be simple, personal, and mobile, …

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Are your workplace tools driving the business results you need?

Last month I attended the Gartner Portals, Content and Collaboration Summit where Tom Austin presented on People-Centered Strategies (PCS).  In his presentation, Austin defined PCS as an organizational strategy that empowers people to take on demanding, non-routine tasks, enhances employees‚ abilities to make valuable contributions that has an impact on the business, and increases the workforces ability to do what …

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Smartphone Etiquette for the Workplace

We were all sitting around a table in our Executive Vice President’s office when a brilliant idea was shared. Immediately hands flew to their iPhones, and fingers began typing documents and emails. No one wanted to wait till we were back in our cubicles and in front of our laptops to log the idea; we had our easiest tool for …

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What nonverbal messages do you send during virtual meetings?

I’ve said before that up to 93% of communication is nonverbal. But did you know that you exchange approximately 800 nonverbal messages during the average 30-minute sales call? (Source: The Art of Nonverbal Selling, Gerhard Gschwandtner) On a sales call, your nonverbal communication will always say more than your words. What nonverbal messages are you sending to clients and prospects?

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Digital Nomad Tip #28: Don’t Let a Few Miles Keep Your Team From a Big Opportunity

G’day mate and greetings from down under in beautiful Sydney, Australia! After taking a week off in the Hobbit capital of the world, South Island, New Zealand, we made our way to Sydney and have been enjoying some of the best weather the city has to offer. In the short time we’ve been here, my colleagues have taken me to …

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A focus on the intersection of the future and the way we work: #ShiftSXSW

Beginning tomorrow, PGi will engage thought leaders, strategists, and business visionaries in a three-day conversation that intersects at the interactive hub of the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Our offices, located the top of the Frost Bank Building, will serve as host for the second #shift conference. This pop-up event empowers, studies and celebrates exciting new fields as well as …

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Video: PGi SVP Talks Cloud, SaaS and iMeet Video Conferencing at CeBIT

PGi SVP Collaboration Technology Services Peter Stewart reports live at CeBIT in Hamburg, Germany, about the most popular topics at¬†the world’s largest technology tradeshow, including cloud computing, software as a service, the future of online meetings in the German market and the¬†recently announced strategic alliance that establishes Deutsche Telekom as the exclusive German¬†reseller of PGi’s innovative video conferencing solution, iMeet. …

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The Digital Sales Call: How to Get Results

Successful sales professionals are making heavy use of online environments to prospect, create relationships, and close deals. But how are they translating the “art” of selling (once thought to be require face-to-face interactions) to an online environment? Last week, I led a webinar with Selling Power‚ The Digital Sales Call: How to Get Results. I shared tips and tricks for leveraging …

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Collaborating Gives Rise to Pioneers like John Glenn – Celebrating a Historic Flight

On the morning of February 20th, 1962, millions of Americans collectively sat on the edge of their seats in anticipation of one man’s exploration into the great unknown. Within a tiny cramped space capsule that was as aesthetically pleasing as a garbage can, astronaut John Glenn embarked on a journey to renew America’s national morale and hope during a time …

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PGi Awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Product Line Strategy Award

We are proud to announce that Frost & Sullivan, a global leader in research and analysis, has recognized PGi as their 2011 Product Line Strategy Award winners. This prestigious award recognizes PGi’s accomplishments in delivering industry-leading products and solutions that advance videoconferencing software as a service. iMeet and GlobalMeet were designed with the user in mind and above all, to …

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How to Recover and Regroup After a Soul-Sucking Meeting

You probably know what it’s like to have a meeting that makes you feel worse after it’s over, as though you’ve accomplished less for attending than if there had been no meeting at all. You aren’t clear on your next steps, attendees are frustrated, communications were cloudy, tense, or worse, or maybe even some of the primary stakeholders weren’t even …

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PGi’s Top 10 Teleworking Articles for the Mobile Workforce

Happy Chinese New Year from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Last night Will and I welcomed the auspicious year of the dragon in the heart of Kuala Lumpur surrounded by old friends, good food and new traditions. As we look forward to a prosperous 2012, we want to set our fellow teleworkers (and teleworker wannabes) up for a successful year of mobile …

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