Get Face-to-Face and be More Productive

The best virtual meetings deliver the personal nature of face-to-face meetings but encourage convenience and efficiency too. As well, businesses want online meetings to be simple; simplicity increases the likelihood that you’ll receive more employee buy-in.

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Not Your Average Conference Call

It goes without saying at PGi we host a lot of meetings. A. Lot. Of. Meetings. In fact, we’ve been the technology behind nearly half a billion meetings in the last five years. The fearless blog team, which includes some superstars in our Care organization, started talking about some of the wacky calls that have taken place over the years. …

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Telecommuting During the Snowpocalypse

In recent weeks, icy storms have swept the country. Dallas, Texas, felt colder than Anchorage, Alaska, last week, allowing many southerners to discover the art of building a snowman. Both private and public transportation can easily be impaired during winter storms; worse, drivers often learn the hard way how dangerous it is to drive on icy roads. However, weather difficulties …

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PGi in the HBR: Who Should be Your Chief Collaboration Officer?

At PGi, we take meetings seriously and understand the complexities of managing an organization’s collaboration needs. Check out this Harvard Business Review blog co-authored by PGi’s own Scott Tapp and Berkley professor Morten Hansen: link.

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To Go Green, the U.S. Government Will Expand Use of Web Conferencing

In a July 26th article about teleworking on FederalTimes.com, it was noted that the U.S. government was pledging to cut green house gas emission caused by their workers by 13% before the end of 2020. A couple methods they plan to use is encouraging workers to telework more and taking advantage of online meeting technologies. Tim Kauffman states that “to …

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Are You Hung Up About the Right Time to Host a Meeting?

In today‚Äôs information packed world, the timing of your message can mean everything. Want a Journalist‚Äôs attention? According to a¬†recent Business Wire poll, Tuesday mornings are¬†the optimal time to send a news release. If you‚Äôve just written a new blog post for your readers, try publishing on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. According to Daily Blog Tips, these tend to …

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Tips for Telecommuters – Part 2

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An earlier post on flexible workplace policies reported that arrangements such as job sharing, phased retirement of older workers, and telecommuting can increase the productivity of a company‚Äôs workforce and its overall bottom line. I believe this is true when both the employer and employee are careful to set up guidelines. In my most recent post, I talked about having …

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In Plain English: Global Conference Calling Explained

Global conference calling sounds great, and it’s a term you hear often. But what exactly does it mean, anyway? In the USA and Canada, most of us are quite familiar with the regular old conference call- dial a toll or toll free number, enter a passcode, and you’re “good to go.” When it comes time for someone outside North America …

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Work from Anywhere: Because I Want to Help My Employer, the Economy and the Environment

According to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers ‚Äî Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (PDF) ‚Äî published in March 2010, many companies overlook the benefits of implementing flexible workplace policies for their employees. Flexible workplace arrangements can include job sharing, phased retirement of older workers, and telecommuting. These practices allow workers to continue making productive …

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Why I need to work from anywhere: Banks, Physical Therapy, Doctor’s Appointments and Everyone Else You Have to Work Around

Have you ever noticed that you always have to go out of your way to make it to the bank on time? You’re always the one who has to leave in the middle of your day to visit the doctor? It’s like everyone in financial and health services has decided their hours are going to be 9-5 only (with a …

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Reasons to work from anywhere: Because I am pregnant

The light ahead is fast approaching. I am in my last two months of my first pregnancy and let’s just say I have learned A LOT on the way. In the beginning, most of the other moms I talked to went on and on about how wonderful it feels to be pregnant. The reality is that it is not all …

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Reasons to Work from Anywhere: Tips for Telecommuters

Working from home brings to mind bare feet, fuzzy slippers and pajamas. And while you‚Äôre working, don‚Äôt forget to put in a load of laundry. Whether it‚Äôs for comfort, the opportunity to get more done in less time or any other reason to Work from Anywhere, telecommuting is a lure for many. While it does offer many benefits, doing it …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Meetings in Coffee Shops

Anyone who’s been to a coffee shop in the last few years (which is about 99.7% of the population) knows that many people use them as virtual offices. They arrive in the morning, laptop in tow, and spend the day drinking coffee, eating muffins, and getting work done. But is a coffee shop really the right place for a meeting? …

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Why I need to work from anywhere: Because I am visiting the In-laws

EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra “quietness” to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today’s world! Ok for the record, I love my in-laws. …

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Reasons to Work From Anywhere: My Hubby Got a Transfer! Do I Need a New Job?

EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra ‚Äòquietness‚Äô to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today‚Äôs world! Although I‚Äôve been working from home for three …

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Reasons to Work from Anywhere: Got to Get the Kids to Summer Camp!

EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra “quietness” to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today’s world! Summer‚ it’s a time to relax, enjoy the pleasant …

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Reasons to Work from Anywhere: Because the World Cup is on and it is only once every 4 years

EDITORIAL NOTE: Coming to an office is important, but sometimes telecommuting gives you that extra “quietness” to be productive or the flexibility to meet deadlines without wasting time sitting in traffic. Here are some reasons why the PGi Blog Team thinks the ability to work from anywhere is crucial in today’s world! Last time I checked, I was a card carrying …

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Upcoming PGi and BNet WebCast on June 23rd at 12pm EST

Join us for an upcoming web seminar, Making the Return on Collaboration Real: Hassle Free Online Conferencing, PGi is hosting in conjunction with BNet.com on June 23rd at 12pm EST. Attend this webcast, hosted by Peter Stewart, PGi’s VP of Product Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, to learn more about the “Return on Collaboration” and the benefits companies realize from efficiently …

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The Fake Meeting

People often complain about having too many meetings. And they have good reason to. Take one look at the typical Outlook calendar and it’s usually packed 9-5 Monday through Friday. Meetings are a necessary tool in business. There’s no way around the fact that collaboration is essential to success in most situations. But when all you do is meet – …

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Poll: What is your favorite way to “green” your business meetings?

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