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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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The Challenges of Product Management: Nikki Santoro on Collaborative Conversations

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One of the most common words thrown around by companies today, regardless of industry, is innovation. Every company wants to be seen as the innovator, the forward-thinker, the one tackling problems in new, unique and creative ways. But if everyone is saying it, how do the true innovators go out and prove it? In this special two-part edition of Collaborative …

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Mobile Apps to Stay Productive (and Sane) on Your Next Business Trip

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Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Corporate Meetings Summit in Orlando, Florida, hosted by Cvent. This also marked my first real business trip experience, and I was excited to manage the challenge of maintaining productivity and meeting my responsibilities back at the office while engaging with event attendees and attending talks and presentations. As a self-proclaimed …

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Short and Sweet: Getting Everything You Need from a 15-Minute Meeting

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Most people don’t like meetings because they tend to waste a lot of time. What if you could remove all the unnecessary pieces and transform those long, boring meetings into efficient 15 minute meetings? Interested? These five tips will help shorten your meetings without losing any efficiency. 1. Schedule a 15-Minute Meeting If you only have 10 minutes worth of …

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How Telecommuting and Workations Help Small Business Succeed

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How do telecommuting and workations work together to help employees and small business owners in particular find a healthier work-life balance? As smart phones and other mobile devices have rooted themselves in our lives, we have become tethered to work. Undeniably, it has become almost impossible to separate work life from home life the way generations before us lived. Now …

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5 Apps to Help Optimize Your Audio Call Experience

Because of today’s global economy, employees and clients are scattered all over the world. As a result, individuals are spending less time in conference rooms and more time at their desks taking part in audio calls and web meetings. If you thought it was difficult staying focused in a conference room surrounded by your colleagues, imagine remaining attentive when you’re …

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5 Tips for a Beginner to Attend a Web Conference Like a Pro

Companies all over the world are using web conferencing to better communicate with coworkers, clients and prospective customers. Even though the technology is relatively easy to use, it can seem intimidating to beginners. These five tips will help you feel more relaxed and ensure your first online meeting results in a pleasant experience. 1.       Test the software Practice really does make …

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4 Ways to Optimize Your HR Budget and Still Choose Top Global Talent

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HR departments and recruiting firms are under pressure to quickly fill positions, cut total cost per hire and select qualified candidates from a global talent pool. This can prove difficult when the talent pool continues to grow increasingly large while funds and time constraints grow smaller. Here are four simple tips that will help you optimize your HR budget and …

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5 Tips From the Stars to Look Your Best During a Video Interview

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Video interviews are one of the newest trends seen in the recruitment process―more than 60 percent of companies are using it. It expedites the interview process, making it a great advantage to recruiters and job seekers alike. Companies are able to quickly complete interviews, reduce the amount of time spent on finding candidates and significantly cut total cost per hire. …

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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

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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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