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The Role of Telecommuting During Super Storm Sandy

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Super Storm Sandy impacted thousands of knowledge workers along the Eastern coast. The widespread damage to and destruction of personal vehicles coupled with storm-paralyzed public transportation systems throughout seaboard cities left countless professionals stranded at home, isolated from their traditional professional environments. The storm also knocked out power to more than 8.1 million homes and businesses along the Eastern Seaboard, …

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Are Cloud Collar Workers the Future of Work?

Information workers are taking over business everywhere. With over 600 million people who specialize in knowledge, not production, the brain trust is spreading from traditional CIOs down to Millennials just entering the workplace. All thanks to cloud technology, from mobile apps to virtualized data centers. With the rise of the new Cloud Collar Worker, are we seeing a preview into …

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Don’t Let Hurricane Sandy Blow Your Work Off-Track: Free Tools and Tips

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The following is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared on Mint.com. As cities affected by Hurricane Sandy begin to assess the damage caused by the record-breaking storm, many of those impacted are preparing for alterations to their work schedules and environment. Bracing for impact doesn’t have to mean reduced effectiveness, however. Below are some tips and free tools …

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Status meetings don’t have to be boring: Seven ways to bring your weekly meetings back to life

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Meetings, while a necessary part of the office environment, often cut into the available time workers have to keep up with daily workflow and stay on top of deadlines. When we invite team members to meetings that lack direction and vitality, their understandable boredom can easily cause resentments and frustration—and tarnish your credibility. To avoid being seen as the bad …

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Twelve Things to Look for in a Mobile Business App

Everybody has an app these days – even the Census Bureau went live earlier this year with a mobile app that provides real-time data on the U.S. economy. Within the U.S., the average smart phone user has 22 apps and it’s predicted that, by 2014, global downloads of all apps will reach 76.9 billion. Entertainment and social networking apps are …

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iMeet improves video meetings and makes it even easier for guests to join

When you see a good thing, you know it. And here at PGi, we have seen how much people have enjoyed our iMeet® video meetings, especially on our iPhone® and iPad® mobile apps. Meeting on the go is very much a part of how people work. And the ever increasing popularity of our mobility solutions got us thinking. There’s no …

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Successful Job Interviews: 7 Essentials for the Most Important Meeting of Your Life

Job interviews are one of the most important professional meetings you’ll have in your career. They’re your chance to lay the foundation, to make first impressions and to win the job and enjoy future success within the organization. Here are some ways to prepare yourself for your time in the spotlight: Visualize your success. The key to any positive performance …

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Three Workplace Trends That Change the Future of Conference Calls: Globalization, Online and Mobile BYOD

Like so many others, this market is experiencing exciting new changes brought on by the biggest workplace trends since the dawning of the personal computer: online, BYOD, mobile and globalization. Conference calls have been the lifeblood of business for over 20 years. In just the past five years, PGi — the global leader in web conferencing and collaboration technology — has hosted 1.2 …

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7 Ways to Bring a Boring Meeting Back to Life

The occasional one-off meeting is not usually the problem. It’s often focused, and has a clear-cut objective. Where meetings become real yawners is when they become routine. Your weekly team meeting has gotten stale, and if you sense it, you can bet your participants are feeling the same way. Here are some tips to reinvigorate your weekly get-togethers.  1. Get people …

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7 Dangerous Meeting Personalities and How to Keep Them on Track

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Whenever you’re meeting with a group, diverse meeting personalities emerge. Sometimes they work in harmony, fostering collaboration, creativity, and ultimately, productivity. However, occasionally more dangerous personalities bubble to the surface, personalities that have the capability to empower your meetings if properly handled, or ruin them if left unchecked. Here are 7 of the worst offenders and suggestions on how to manage …

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AT&T launches eco-rating system

In February AT&T announced that it would be bringing an eco-rating system to market. Certain AT&T-branded mobile devices would feature an eco-rating label so customers could not only compare product specifications among devices but also compare the environmental footprint of these same devices. Yesterday, the eco-rating system debuted at stores across the country. The system rates a product on 15 …

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Green your workplace for America Recycles Day 2012

The 2012 Keep America Beautiful America Recycles Day (ARD) is still a few months away, November 15, but event registration is now open. Organizations that register an event now will have early access to a variety of materials including a best practices guide, recycling swag, activity ideas and more. According to Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day “celebrates the benefits of …

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7 Ways to Win with Face-to-Face Results, Without the Cost

It’s possible to get your inside sales team to the level of an outside sales team. But not with your technology. And not with your existing sales processes. Many organizations have responded to pressure from the C-Suite by re-organizing with an inside sales model. However, these organizations struggle to build trust and close sales because their reps aren’t face-to-face with …

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Manage Your Company’s Video Conferencing Accounts with iMeet 2.0 “Cloud Controls”

Data retention policies have been around for 20+ years when all you needed was a few shredders and file cabinets to keep tabs on your company records. Since then, the way knowledge workers communicate and share information has changed drastically, making compliance a challenge and requiring companies to bring on teams of legal and security officers. Instead of opting out of …

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Top 7 Must-Haves for the Mobile Worker

The number of mobile and remote workers is increasing every day, though quantifying exactly how many people work from home is impossible. Are you officially a teleworker if you work from home occasionally—say, once a week—or must you commit to a daily practice? According to the Telework Research Network, 40% of U.S. employees (approximately 50 million) hold jobs that that …

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65% of federal agencies are ready for teleworking

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As mobile and Internet technology expands, the ability for more people to easily telework also expands. This is the case with private businesses as well as with government agencies. A new report from the Telework Exchange reveals that 65 percent of federal agencies have above-average information technology (IT) infrastructures that are capable of supporting teleworkers. Other key findings in the …

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3 Steps for Creating a Sustainable HR Function: Green Recruitment Trends

It feels good to be green — especially in Human Resources. With the desire to be environmentally conscious and maximize HR effectiveness, green recruitment trends are quickly becoming top-of-mind action items for businesses across the globe. Over the past 10 years, environmental sustainability trends have cropped up throughout the enterprise, and HR departments are leading the charge. And for good …

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How much does solar cost? Infographic

Do you know how much solar costs to install, what you could save each month in energy bills each month and what you could potentially save over time? Plenty of homeowners have asked these questions, but they can be difficult ones to answer. One Block off the Grid took the estimates of more than 45,000 homeowners and came up with …

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Featured on GreenBiz.com: How to know if telecommuting will work for your employees

It’s a no-brainer, really. Telecommuting can save businesses billions of dollars in travel costs and overhead expenses while also significantly reducing environmental pollutants and paper consumption. Teleworking benefits to the planet are widely recognized and valued: cities cleaner air, businesses increased efficiency and productivity, and lower operational costs. Each person telecommuting just one day a week can save the company …

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4 Hidden Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Work-Life Balance

Burn out. You’ve felt it. Perhaps you’re feeling it right now. Overworked. Exhausted. The stack of papers is piling up on your desk and the deadlines are looming, but you just can’t seem to find the energy or the creativity to do what you must. The well has run dry. You thought telecommuting a day or two a week would …

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