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Ashley Speagle

Ashley Speagle is a Florida-born, Georgia-raised communications specialist, couch movie critic, dream interpreter, acrophobic adventure seeker, outdoors enthusiast, and easy-going introvert.

PGi at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo: Enterprise IT Goes Bimodal

PGi at Gartner Symposium

Your IT team’s been through a lot of roles over the years, from isolated programmers to process and service managers. Now, to embrace the digital boom, IT will evolve again to accommodate the new digital business. PGi joined CIOs and senior IT executives at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014 this October to learn just how digital business is driving a new …

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5 Leadership Lessons From Your Favorite TV-Movie Bosses

Leadership Lessons for Boss's Day

Corner offices, reserved parking spots and bigger paychecks really are “boss,” but the best bosses aren’t just high-ranking titles, they’re great leaders. In honor of Boss’s Day, kick your feet up and take a break with these five, fun leadership lessons from your favorite TV-movie bosses. 1. Call it like you see it. Some situations call for niceties, but sometimes, …

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Q&A With Sara Sutton Fell, Part III: The Future of Flex Work

future of flex work

It’s an exciting time to be a worker as companies start to zero in on one of employees’ biggest wants—flex work. We expect to see a lot more of it as globalization and virtual collaboration bloom and companies see the benefits of flex work to productivity and reduced costs. However, this evolution doesn’t stop with the availability of telecommuting. In …

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There May Not Be an “I” in Team, But There’s a “Me”

supporting individual work styles

You know the saying, “there’s no ‘I’ in team.” Well, not so fast. There is a “me” in team, and teamwork isn’t just about the unit as a whole anymore. What You Know About Teams Is Wrong You start the day together, sit together, meet together, eat together and go home together. Like a rowing crew, everything your team does …

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Host a Virtual Health Fair

Virtual Health Fair

Of vital importance for both organizations and employees, health fairs provide an opportunity for employees to have real conversations with physicians and other health care vendors. However, as companies grow and globalize, health fairs become difficult to execute. HR teams don’t have the time or budget to hold health fairs at multiple offices, and it’s nearly impossible to coordinate an …

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Q&A With Sara Sutton Fell, Part II: Managing Flex Workers

managing teleworkers

Flex work is still new ground for many companies, and transitioning to a virtual workforce requires new policies and guidelines. However, most of the guidelines tend to focus on the telecommuter, not on the manager (in-office or otherwise) who can determine whether a virtual team is a success or failure. The CEO of FlexJobs and Founder of the 1 Million …

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5 Business Etiquette Blockheads in the Future of Work

business etiquette fails

Still perfecting your not-too-firm but not-too-limp handshake, but clueless about how to navigate online meetings? For today’s workplace, business etiquette best practices are lagging behind. Because increasingly we’re meeting from miles apart instead of in person, yesterday’s business etiquette rules need a fresh revision. Plus, thanks to modern workplace technologies, the office cubicle may undergo a major transformation in the …

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PGi at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014: Driving Digital Business

PGi at Gartner Symposium-ITxpo 2014

The digital business is no longer the future of work. It’s here. Is your IT team ready? PGi, a global leader in collaboration software, will join Gartner this Oct. 5-9 for the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014. The Orlando event is one of eight global events where Gartner shares insights on IT, business and technology trends with more than 24,000 attendees, including …

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Q&A With Sara Sutton Fell: 3 Misconceptions About Flex Work

flex work misconceptions

As we’ve said many times before, work is not a place, and we believe flex work is here to stay. You may think flex workers are less productive, that flex work is a perk or that it simply doesn’t work for everyone, but we think you’ve got it all wrong. To address some of the top misconceptions about flex work, …

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Utilize Webinars to Engage Employees in Marketing Campaigns

employee brand ambassadors

Right under your nose is a solution to employee engagement, and all around you is reinforcement to give your marketing campaigns legs. It’s not a riddle. It’s just collaboration between corporate communications and marketing, and webinars can make it happen. Employee webinars provide a single solution to some of the biggest challenges for both departments: increasing employee engagement and spreading …

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Managing Telecommuters: Let Employees Create Your WFH Policy

managing telecommuters

You give employees the floor in town halls, you let them weigh in on big decisions and some of you even let employees choose their own job titles, but how many managers let employees create their own work-from-home (WFH) policy? In the great debate on whether telecommuting leads to greater productivity or just more Netflix binge watching, employee input could just …

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4 Ways to Make Benefits Communications More Engaging

benefits enrollment

Every year, companies struggle to create the right benefits communications plan that will successfully engage employees during benefits enrollment. Although benefits enrollment is a high priority for employees and HR departments, sometimes the process can be complicated and confusing. Because of this, it’s vital for human resources departments to find fun, interactive ways to increase engagement. Employees must engage, ask …

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Virtualize Your Benefits Communications

virtual benefits communications

Open enrollment for health care benefits is generally a busy time for human resources departments. To help employees make informed decisions, HR teams must successfully update the company’s entire workforce on benefits options. This can prove especially difficult for a large, dispersed workforce, but you can make the process easier by using an online meeting tool for benefits communications. iMeet® …

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The 5 Worst Things About Meetings

bad meetings

We all know we need to meet to collaborate, but many teams still don’t know how to effectively hold a meeting. Comfortable staying in the box and oblivious to the cumulative damage, many hosts continue to hold the same meeting, unaware of the costs to productivity at work. One of the leading causes of bad meetings is planning around presentations, …

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The Modern Retreat: Meet Your Virtual Team on Workation

work trends for virtual teams

The dreaded workation crams work into employees’ personal time off, but there’s another version of the workation that can be energizing and productive for the entire business: the company-planned workation. The traditional company workation (a.k.a. the corporate retreat) brings to mind team-building activities in the woods and executives talking strategy on the golf course, but the latest work trends in …

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PGi Shares Collaboration Implementation Expertise at Gartner Catalyst

Gartner Conference San Diego

Some of IT’s biggest challenges now include mobility, cloud and big data, all of which were addressed with breakthrough solutions at the Gartner Catalyst Conference in San Diego. During “Architecting the Digital Business: Scaling and Securing Cloud, Mobility and Data,” Gartner’s analyst community explained how IT can keep up with big data and secure businesses amidst mobility and cloud computing. PGi …

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What to Do After Your Big Web Event

webinar thank you email

A good webinar may seem like it’s all about the planning and execution, but what you do after your big web event matters just as much, too. Whether you’re generating leads, educating employees or building fans, the following steps can help you continue engagement and gain valuable information to achieve your goals. Immediately after your webinar, extend your gratitude to both attendees and registrants …

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Are You Really Returning to Work Productive After Vacations?

productivity after vacations

For many employees, leaving work behind for a little R&R can be a challenge, so workers want the most bang for their buck when they book a vacation in regards to happiness and productivity at work. However, if the goal is to rest and recharge, are workers really returning to work ready to be more productive after vacations? The Catch-22 …

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Why Science Fairs May Radically Change Your Online Meetings

online meeting ideas

Michael Dearing has the business world buzzing with his original idea for designing meetings. As an entrepreneur and experienced manager, it’s not his first rodeo when it comes to running better meetings. His radical idea: design your meeting like a science fair. Designing Meetings from Harrison Metal on Vimeo. Modify the Boring Business Meeting The typical business meeting is scheduled …

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Smarter Questions to Ask Before Buying Web Conferencing

web conferencing

There may be no such thing as a stupid question, but you can certainly ask smarter questions before buying web conferencing tools. Consider the consequences of buying web conferencing software that doesn’t meet your company’s expectations. Meetings run late because of complicated processes to join, clients get frustrated with poor audio and video quality, and employees have difficulty conducting meetings …

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