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3 Best Practices for Productive Meetings from Anywhere

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With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets and easy, global access to cloud-based web conferencing tools like iMeet and GlobalMeet, our meetings have officially shed the shackles of the conference room. Just this week, I’ve been on meetings with team members at their home offices, in airport terminals and at their local coffee shops, and these meetings are just as high …

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5 Ways That Offering Telecommuting Can Save Your Small Business Money

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More people than ever are working from home. The accessibility afforded by email, cloud computing, and cell phones has made telecommuting a fixture in the modern work environment. But it doesn’t just appeal to employees. Small business owners can reap the benefits as well. In an uncertain economic climate, employers are looking to cut costs wherever they can. Check out …

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Google Gambles on Glass

What is Google Glass, and will it actually be the next big thing? Google’s foray into wearable technology – Glass – is a step toward the dream of ubiquitous computing in which the Internet is available everywhere at all times without the need for interrupting the task at hand. With Glass, Google puts the Internet even closer than your fingertips-right …

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Prioritize User Experience and Become Your Company’s IT Hero

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When considering the purchase of a new software solution for their company, IT departments and IT leaders have a lot of masters to serve. How secure is it? Does it integrate with existing systems and infrastructure? And of course, how much does it cost? During this balancing act, it can be easy to forget who’s going to be sitting in …

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How Powerful Mobile Apps are Influencing Work

iMeet for Android Smartphones

According to a recent report by analytics firm Flurry, 80% of the time that we spend on our mobile devices is consumed by the app, compared to just 20% spent surfing the web. While there is some wiggle room in numbers like these (consider, for example, how many apps let you surf the web from within the app itself), the …

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Two Years of Telecommuting: Learning the Importance of the Home Office

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Earth Day marks my two-year telecommuting anniversary and sitting here in my home office, just finishing a recent Buzzfeed article showcasing the famous home offices of creative geniuses, I find myself drooling over Nigella Lawson’s book-lined study.  For longer than I care to admit, my house has been undergoing an extensive remodel.  My current work space, now in transition if …

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Losing to Gain: Change Your Business Habits or Become Obsolete

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Recently, I embarked on the most physically challenging three weeks of my life. I had decided to make a drastic personal change and engage in a vegan, gluten-free diet for three weeks to cleanse my system. I knew I wanted to become healthier, to lose weight and to live longer, but I was stuck in a cycle of bad habits. …

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Why your business meetings need more structure

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Adding more structure to meetings is a way to make them more productive, new research shows. Employees improve their performance when their business meetings are conducted in a structured environment where everyone reflects on his or her role and how it relates to the overall performance of the team, the study indicates. The researchers believe communication is essential in this …

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Remote Managers: 5 Ways to Inspire Greatness When You Aren’t There

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One of the foundational roles of a great leader is to build trust—between himself and his team and among his coworkers. Remote managers are faced with unique challenges: they must create an atmosphere of trust, inspire employee integrity and actively lead teams in spite of working out of the office most—if not all—of the time. Effective communication is essential to …

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Telecommuting, the ultimate green job?

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Green jobs. You hear all about them lately, but what are they, exactly? This is where the problem lies; there is no concrete definition of a green job and if you ask five different people to define it, you’ll likely get five different answers. Just look at Jonathan Kesselman’s “On the Streets – Green Jobs” episode as evidence. Defining green …

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10 Simple Tips to Start Your Web Conference Calls on Time

Fifty percent of web conference calls start late because of technology issues, according to a study by Wainhouse Research. So, to help you save the time and money that goes out the window every time your meetings start late, here are 10 ways to eliminate the log-in frustrations and start your online meetings on time. 1. Don’t make people download …

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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Mobility on Each Device

The bell has rung on the first two rounds of our Laptops vs Tablets match, in which we help you decide which is the best device for you and the way you work. Mature contender the laptop won on apps, whereas newcomer the tablet won on design. It’s the third and final round – and we’re looking at mobility: which …

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March Madness: The Nemesis of Work Productivity [INFOGRAPHIC]

March Madness is here, and the upsets are already making news. But for businesses and workers all over the U.S., the upset oftens take place in the office in the form of work productivity. According to a recent PGi infographic, an astounding 86% of people who plan to watch the popular NCAA basketball tournament games will do so during the …

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Stop these 7 non-verbal behaviors that are killing your career

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Non-verbal behaviors—the involuntary physical and vocal nuances that accompany verbal communication—transmit subtle messages that influence how others interpret our words. Researchers estimate that nonverbal communication represents two-thirds of the total communication we engage in with others. In today’s open work spaces, half-walled cube farms and cramped meeting rooms, office employees are constantly engaged in non-verbal communications. How can we ensure …

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What are the cost savings of telecommuting?

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Businesses are achieving significant cost savings by implementing a productive telecommuting workforce. In fact, according to the Telework Research Network, nearly 6 out of 10 employers identify cost savings as a notable benefit from telecommuting. Savings come from the obvious elements, including reduced office space costs and technology costs, but also from unlikely cost centers for both the employer and …

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Android Users, Rejoice: iMeet for Android Smartphones Arrives

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed the explosion of Android™ smartphones. In 2012, Android accounted for almost 70% of the global smartphone market. Recently, Samsung’s marketing blitz for its Galaxy S3 and Note II devices have paid huge dividends in promoting awareness of the Android OS, moving devices and generating levels of hype once exclusively reserved …

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Laptops vs Tablets: Comparing Design on Each Device

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It’s round two of our Laptop vs Tablet battle, in which we help you decide which is the best device for you and the way you work. Last time, it was app-to-app action, as we pitted laptop software against tablet software. Despite iPad-maker Apple’s claims that there’s “an app for that”, it was laptops that came out top, winning the …

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Find Work-Life Balance with our New eBook: The Yin and Yang of Telecommuting

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Just in time to wrap up Telework Week, a topic many of us are discussing and want to learn more about: telecommuting. More than 100,000 people pledged to telecommute for at least part of this week, and last year, according to Mobile Work Exchange, 71% of the participating organizations and 75% of participating telecommuters saw an increase in productivity while …

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What’s the next step for sustainable business?

Sure, you’ve gotten rid of the Styrofoam cups and replaced them with reusable containers, you’re turning off lights and shutting down your computer monitors, and you’re even ramping up a telecommuting practice for your employees. Do these environmental successes have you wondering what’s next for corporate sustainability in your business? Corporate sustainability is one of the biggest drivers of positive …

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6 Alternative Workspaces for Digital Nomads

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The phrase “working from home” conjures up a picture of a person literally working from their home office, but that’s not always the case. Telecommuting, remote work, and virtual office are probably more appropriate terms because they offer the idea that people who work from home can also work from a variety of other locations. And of course, Digital Nomad …

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