The Power of STEM in the Workplace

In PGi’s latest infographic, “The Case for Systematic Change,” we shared some startling numbers about the current STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) job market. While applicants outnumber non-STEM positions 3.6 to 1, the opposite is true for STEM positions: they outnumber applicants nearly 2 to 1! This disparity is due to a lack of emphasis on STEM fields in education, …

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Blending Work and Vacation Can Be Difficult – But Not Impossible

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There’s good reason why workers have been counting down the days until their Labor Day getaway (only three more to go!). Research shows that individuals will reap physical, emotional and psychological benefits from unwinding outside of work. Personally, I come back from a vacation feeling rested, rejuvenated and reconnected to both my work and personal life. So then why do …

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[Infographic] Workations Survey: 82% of Workers Reveal They Work on Vacation

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82% of workers don’t take vacations anymore. Welcome to workation nation. A recent survey by PGi, a global leader in virtual meetings, revealed the dramatic reality of today’s workers: 82% connect to the office on vacation. Smartphones are the  #1 workation enabler. 40% use a smartphone to work on vacation. 11% use a laptop. 4% use a tablet. 37% are …

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Building a mobile app? Ask yourself these 5 questions

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It’s a question we hear often from business owners: “Do we need a mobile app?” And for those aware of the recent explosion in mobile app usage, the tempting answer is ‘yes’. There are over 1 billion smartphone users in the world, and in just three years that number is expected to double. But is increased mobile usage a big …

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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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The App Revolution: The Impact of Mobility on Product Development

Whether it’s in PGi’s product designs or our internal technology and productivity, mobility is top of mind for me as I know it is for other CTOs and CIOs around the globe. My teams are constantly on-the-go, and smartphones and tablets are a ubiquitous part of our everyday personal and professional lives. By 2015, there will be an estimated 1.3 …

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The Case for SySTEMatic Change: New STEM Education Infographic

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“Today’s recovering, highly competitive economy offers a growing demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. To compete in this greater job market, the U.S. education system needs support to equip students with tools for STEM success.” The newest infographic from PGi, a global leader in virtual meetings for over 20 years, explores the current climate of STEM education …

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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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The 5 Best Apps for Virtual Collaboration

Virtual collaboration is an everyday part of the modern workday. Employees are more frequently working from home, working with geographically distributed teams and using their mobile devices for business, meaning that effective teams have to be able to collaborate in-person and online. Check out five of the best apps to empower your team’s virtual collaboration: GlobalMeet® For virtual and remote …

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GlobalMeet for Android Brings Effortless Conferencing to Your Favorite Smartphone

Earlier this year, Google hosted Google I/O, its annual developer conference where it typically debuts new versions of its various products. On display this year were new versions of Google Maps, conversational search capabilities and a completely revamped Google+ experience. However, also of note were the numbers: Google confirmed that there have been 900 million Android™ activations to date. By …

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Does Adding Humor to a Meeting Increase Attentiveness?

Meetings happen all the time in the business world. Some are more productive and enjoyable, while others keep you on the edge of your seat—so you can be the first one out the door when it’s over. With attention spans decreasing to only last a few minutes, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to keep your audience engaged …

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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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iMeet Productivity Hacks to Add a Little Awesome to Your Meetings

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I’m just going to come out and say it: I love iMeet®. Now I know what you’re thinking—“Josh, you have to say that.” But it’s true! I literally use it every single day and it makes my work life better. The ease of entry, the fun personalization options and the killer iPad® and smartphone apps improve my meetings immeasurably. And …

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The Impact of Hate and Late in Meetings

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When done well, meetings can be the most productive and collaborative part of the work day, bringing bright minds in your company together to tackle problems and projects as a team. However, in today’s world of technology-driven meetings that usually accommodate both in-person and remote participants, it can be common for meetings to be plagued by technical difficulties or late …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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The Past, Present and Future of Audio Conferencing: Collaborative Conversations with Joe Yang

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I’ve written before about the strength of PGi’s audio conferencing and how innovations in audio technology are shaping the future of this mission-critical component of modern business. In this edition of Collaborative Conversations, I get an expert’s take: a 13 year veteran of the conferencing industry, Joe Yang. Tell us about your background and your current role at PGi. I …

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My Smartphone Wish List for the Future

Not too long ago, cellphones were only used to make phone calls—they weren’t really good at anything else. Things have drastically changed over the years. With the smartphone of today, you can text, shop online, lock your car doors and even have face-to-face conversations with people around the world. Even though smartphones have remained innovative, users still want more. Every smartphone …

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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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