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6 Ways to Inspire and Motivate Virtual Teams

One of today’s most prevalent trends in the workplace is the emergence of the virtual team.  More and more people are working outside the office, while still being held accountable for the same responsibilities, workloads, and deliverables as before. These teams of teleworkers often face much more complexity than traditional teams due to the differences in schedules, time zones, and …

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5 Interesting Flexible Jobs in Marketing and Sales

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Whether you’re a gainfully employed marketing maven or a sales phenom, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye out on what types of jobs are out there. If you’re in the market (no pun intended) for a new marketing or sales job, these five interesting flexible jobs in marketing and sales just might pique your interest! Digital Marketing …

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Top Virtual Reality Technology Trends to Watch in 2016

“The most important thing about a technology is how it changes people.”  ― Jaron Lanier The first time I became familiar with Jaron’s name was reading a SPIN magazine special issue on “The Future” as a teenager back in 1995. I remember reading wide eyed about the limitless potential that the digital revolution held for my generation, a future where virtual …

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Keep Product Innovation Paced at the Speed of Your Customers

One of the (potential) downsides of technological innovation is the ever-increasing speed of change. It seems that every week brings a new update, patch or terms agreement. Businesses and their IT departments are forced to constantly evaluate and adapt to a changing landscape, weighing the pros and cons between the latest-and-greatest software versus sticking with existing legacy systems. But is …

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Research Shows Overworking Backfires

Working long hours has become the norm for most people. Of all the countries in the industrialized world, The United States is the only nation that lacks laws which require employers to give their employees paid sick or vacation time. Two weeks is the typically the standard and is treated as a luxury for most of us, whereas the rest …

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Audio Conferencing in the Mobile Age

The evolution of mobility and cloud-based technology has dramatically altered our expectations for user experience. All the information we could ever want in our personal lives is never more than a tap or swipe away. And finally, after years of the typical business software inertia, the repercussions of these shifts are starting to be felt in the workplace. Take, for …

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How to Manage Vacations of Global Teams

Today’s global workforce spans many countries, cultures and perspectives. As this rapidly growing network of disparate workers becomes more interconnected into our organizations via telecommuting, the challenge of managing the complexity of holiday traditions, vacations and time off exponentially increases. Despite our ability to connect with the global marketplace, many of us remain wholly unfamiliar in the cultures and customs …

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Turning Good into Great: See the Future of Selling with Video

In the dog-eat-dog world of B2B sales, everyone who carries a quota is searching for opportunities to better engage their buyers and accelerate their pipeline activity. With 26% higher adoption rates of web and video conferencing tools among Aberdeen’s Best-in-Class community, these technologies bear a closer look.  Join Peter Ostrow, an industry analyst with 20+ years’ experience in sales effectiveness …

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Stop Presenting Like It’s 1999!

Hey kids, want to know what 1999 was like? Sit in on most sales presentations today and you’ll instantly be transported back in time. Boring company overviews. Long monologues. Forgettable messaging. The only difference between 1999 and 2016 are the disengaged prospects reaching for their smartphones. We don’t live in the 90’s anymore and neither do our prospects. Consider this: …

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Ensuring Business Success With UC&C

Implementing Unified Communications (UC) solution is nothing like your typical IT project or deployment. If successful, you are literally changing the way the business works and communicates. It’s hard to name another IT project requires as much strategic planning and business engagement. Unified Communications is a journey, not a single product or project you buy and deploy. The first step …

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A Changing View of Collaboration

Workplace collaboration has evolved, and now includes a variety of technologies that allow employees to collaborate, engage and work together. The audio conference of yesteryear is being replaced with many different unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) tools that are increasingly shaping the workplace by creating efficient and effective communications solutions for global employees. Having the ability to effectively collaborate in …

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The Manager’s Guide to Flexible Work Options

Gone are the days when employers thought flexible work options were only beneficial to employees. Sure, flex is a win/win for employees, since it allows them to work remotely (no more commuting!), save money (i.e., by not having to buy lunches, office attire, commuting costs, etc.), and gives them the ultimate in work-life balance, allowing them to customize their schedule …

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Flexible Teams

There’s just something about a new year that inspires almost everyone to make their resolutions. But as an employer, you should also create some resolutions for your company, too, particularly if you have a flexible or distributed team. Here are just five New Year’s resolutions to get you started: Set them up for success. During the previous calendar year, you …

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2016 IT Budget Predictions – A Cloud on the Horizon

Let’s talk everyone’s favorite subject: budgets. In order to start getting a picture of what IT budgets might look like in the coming year, we polled a wide variety of IT leaders across various industries and verticals. What stood out in their responses wasn’t so much the differences as it was the similarities: the move to the cloud is still …

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eBook: A CMO’s Guide to Winning Friends and Influencing People

How do you trust, communicate, manage and collaborate with colleagues and partners you never see? For today’s workforce, that’s the new reality, and to stay effective, CMOs must figure out how to build better virtual relationships. A whopping 84 percent of companies now employ remote workforces, and considering marketers are now regular cross-functional collaborators, learning how to build, strengthen and …

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Why Overreliance on Email is Holding Your Business Back

According to The Radicati Group, over 100 billion business emails are sent every single day. For reference, that’s roughly around 14 emails per human being currently walking the earth. It’s an insane deluge of information and communication. And for many businesses, that deluge remains their primary communication method. While all of the bells and whistles surrounding email have evolved quite …

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6 Things to Consider Before Buying Web Conferencing

Companies are increasingly turning to collaboration solutions, like web conferencing, to expand collective knowledge, speed up business processes and give their business a competitive edge through better collaboration. And while you may be eager to get an enterprise-wide solution up and running quickly, you should stop to consider the consequences of buying web conferencing software that doesn’t meet your company’s …

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3 Technology Trends Driving Modern Workstyles

People work differently. The things that motivate you and drive your productivity may do nothing for your colleagues. And especially given the influx of teleworkers and the rise of geographically dispersed teams, your colleague could just as likely be sitting across the globe as across the office, creating even more workstyle diversity. And that’s okay. The technology that drives our …

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Prioritizing Collaboration: 5 Questions to Ask

63% of CEOs cite “creating a collaborative environment” as a top factor in drawing the most out of their employees. However, the very word “collaboration” means different things to different people. It could mean simply gathering around a whiteboard to brainstorm ideas; working closely on a document or project with one or more colleagues; meeting online with global stakeholders on …

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Time for Personality to Shine

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Employers have neglected the impact personality can have on the success of flexible working, but researchers are turning their attention to strategies for smooth transitions, says Heather Greig-Smith. Not everyone desires flexibility. There are those who prefer to come into an office to work nine to five even if they are given flexibility over work location and time. Only some …

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