Collaboration

What is Telework?

what is telework

Telework, also called remote work, has been gaining popularity over the last few decades. Telework or telecommuting is when an employee does not commute to a primary office location for work, but instead works from home. Working remotely for an all-remote company, such as Zapier, Museum Hack, and Hotjar, is also considered telework. As is working from an off-site location, like …

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The Science of Talking With Your Hands

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For some of us, “talking with our hands” is a cultural necessity—but did you know it also has scientifically proven benefits? It’s true. If you talk with your hands, keep up the good work because you’re tapping into the following six benefits: 1. It makes people listen to you. Researchers at the Center for Language and Brain at Colgate University found that …

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The #1 Most Valuable Thing About Free Web Conferencing Software

Free Web Conferencing Software

At this point, many of us use free web conferencing software every week, if not daily. Still, the most powerful aspect of this technology often flies under the radar: video conferencing is the ultimate collaboration catalyst. This is important because collaboration is one of the most indispensable business capabilities. Collaboration is more vital than ever Before the Internet, if you wanted to …

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Keeping Your Business Operating During The COVID-19 Outbreak

COVID-19

Working from home is not always a luxury. Presently for some, it is a global mandate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has suggested staying home or working remotely to avoid the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). “Schools could be closed, mass public gatherings suspended, and businesses forced to have employees work remotely,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National …

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4 Psychological Findings to Know Before Your Next Online Meeting

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Did you know clinical psychologists have conducted hundreds of studies focused on workplace meetings? It makes sense: work is such an important part of our lives, and meetings are a big part of many jobs. It’s natural that researchers would want to explore the psychological principles that are at play during online meetings. Admittedly, we went down the rabbit hole on this …

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When There’s No Room for Error, LBA Logistics Chooses GlobalMeet

LBA Logistics is a national, vertically integrated real estate company. Owning and operating an astonishing 53,000,000-square-foot portfolio, the company pledges to exceed all its customers’ expectations with unmatched levels of service. To fulfill that promise, the company works closely with each customer, providing proactive management to keep businesses running efficiently while meeting their financial objectives. Here’s why LBA chose GlobalMeet as …

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GlobalMeet Customers Share the Love

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day. We love our customers. They are the backbone of our business and it is the customers who help GlobalMeet thrive. After all without you, PGi would not exist in the first place. GlobalMeet was created based on a real need in the industry for quality audio, web and video conferencing. From the …

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How Understanding Social Media Can Make You a Better Speaker

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Different people perceive social media for business in different ways. Some see it as a distraction. Others see it as a marketing tool. We specialize in helping people connect, so we see social media as a phenomenon you can study to get better at communicating. For example, you can apply some of the learnings from the rise of social media …

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A Painless Approach to Scheduling Meetings Across Time Zones

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Colleagues who live far apart still work together—quite a lot, in fact. One in-depth survey found that about 48% of global teams collaborate every business day. Yet, 56% of the respondents to that same survey said collaborating across time zones is challenging. While there’s no silver bullet for this logistical headache, we’ve got a couple of tricks up our sleeve that seems to help. …

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Why a Scalable Communications Platform is Key to the Modern Enterprise

Communications Platform

For the time being, you can still envision a thriving enterprise without a scalable communications platform. However, the sun is setting on that vision. Soon, it’ll be exponentially more difficult for an enterprise to operate without unified communications as a service (UCaaS). Here are the signs we see pointing to this: The Decline of the Landline The future is in the …

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New Study Draws Deep Insights From 7,000 Remote Workers

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Nuffield Health is the UK’s largest health charity. It operates 31 hospitals, 112 fitness centers, and 160+ workplace health programs. A few months ago, Nuffield released a 40-page report about the health effects of remote work, with insights drawn from 7,000 remote workers. The results of this report are relevant to both workers and employers worldwide. Here are our core takeaways: Work-Life …

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Want Better Teamwork? Here’s How to Make it Happen.

collaboration

Deep down, we all know the importance of harmonious collaboration. It makes us more loyal. It can make us look forward to the workday. And of course, when people truly put their heads together, productivity soars. Now is a great time to unite your team around better collaboration. Here’s how: Embed Communication Into Company Culture This one comes from a UC Today interview …

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Viamedia Bridges Office Communication Using GlobalMeet

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In 2001, seven entrepreneurs met at a library and envisioned Viamedia: a cross-media advertising platform to connect cable TV audiences with local advertisers. Today, Viamedia’s employees work in 70 different cities. Collaboration remains the “secret sauce” that catalyzes growth and prosperity at the company. Every day, hundreds of hours of creative collaboration happen across the globe among Viamedia’s staff, customers, and …

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Screen Sharing is Worth 1,000 Words

screen sharing

Imagine this: you’re getting your sea legs with a new digital tool. You’ve downloaded the application, tinkered with your settings, and done the default on-boarding tutorial. Still, you end up running into something that’s not intuitive for you. You’re looking for a feature that was promised to you, but you can’t find it. What Would You Prefer to do Next? Comb …

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5 Team Building Ideas for Remote Co-Workers

Remote Co-Workers

Even when everyone’s in one office, bringing team members together isn’t easy. It takes time, creativity, and initiative. With virtual teams, though, it can be tougher to form real bonds. Here are our favorite ways to make that magic happen. 1. Fun Chat Channels People will use the company’s chat app to discuss things that aren’t work-related. You can make this …

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5 Genius Ways You Never Thought to Use Screen Sharing

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If you’re like most people, you use screen sharing sparingly. You might use it for training, or to show a specific page or document. But with a little ingenuity, screen sharing can be an even more powerful tool. That’s because visual stimulation makes experiences more memorable and more persuasive. This means that by designing your presentations and meetings visually, you can be more memorable …

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Use This Template for Quick Useful Meeting Agendas

As billionaire Peter Thiel famously wrote, “A bad plan is better than no plan.” That’s definitely true about meetings. Having a plan is the best way to keep meetings shorter, stay on topic, and stop wasting the team’s time. The secret to planning smarter meetings is an efficient, clear meeting agenda that sets expectations. We’ve created a template that can take most meetings from mediocre …

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How to Knock a Sales Pitch Out of the Park with Video Conferencing Tools

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After a bit of experience in sales, you’ll notice that most buyers don’t decide based on logic. Most people decide to buy based on how they feel during their encounter with your product. They’ll later justify their feelings with logic. That’s why using face-to-face video conferencing tools is the best option when in-person selling isn’t possible. Want to know how to sell effectively on …

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4 Conference Call Fails (and How to Prevent Them)

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Have you noticed how much audio disruption people tolerate during conference calls or online meetings? Examples include background noise, fragmented audio, and that awful echo where you hear your own voice through the other line. Somehow, most professionals still haven’t made a point of avoiding these easily preventable fails. Here’s how to banish them for good. Audio That Cuts In and …

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5 Reasons to Start Recording Online Meetings in 2020

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There’s an old debate about whether bosses should allow employees to record online meetings. We know which side of that debate we’re on. Not only should it be allowed, it should be encouraged! At PGi, we’ve made it standard practice to record online meetings. The verdict is clear: it’s one of the best decisions we’ve made. Here’s why: Undivided Attention Total focus …

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