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Working Less than 50 Hours a Week Could Be Your Key to Success

work-life balance

Want to be successful at work? Want to sleep 8 hours a night? Want to maintain a healthy work-life balance? Having all of the above might seem like a fever dream but it’s actually possible by working less hours. Yes, you read that correctly. The key to success (and a happier life) lies in working less hours. In fact, according …

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Employee Spotlight: PGi’s Lauren Weatherly Makes CRN’s “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” List

employee spotlight

Here at PGi, we are heavily invested in cultivating a culture of support and encouragement for our incredible employees. We want to celebrate the success of our employees, and today we are excited to put the employee spotlight on the talented Lauren Weatherly who has been selected as one of CRN’s annual “100 People You Don’t Know But Should” list. …

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4 Tips from Our IT Team on Working Together

National IT Pro Day

Working in IT isn’t glamorous. There is a lot of hard work, research and problem solving that goes into working as an IT professional, and more often than not, these professionals are under-acknowledged or unrecognized by the rest of the organization. Today, on National IT Professional Day, we wanted to give our readers a little more insight into what it’s …

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The Key to Your Next Raise Could Be Going on Vacation

vacation

  As summer comes to a close, so, too, does vacation season. If you haven’t capitalized on your vacation time yet this year, then you should probably start planning because, as it turns out, going on vacation might be just what you need to secure your next raise and improve your work performance. Yes, you heard me correctly: going on vacation …

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A Productivity Method to Make Your Next 30 Days More Productive Than Your Last 3 Months

productivity

When you experience a lull in productivity or a slump in motivation, it’s all too easy to blame time management as the root of the problem. However, managing your time more effectively to get more done is not necessarily the answer to increased productivity. Surprisingly enough, the psychological state you’re in when tackling an important task plays a much larger …

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New Research May Change the Way You View Millennials

millennials-working

What’s your perception of the millennial generation? That they’re lazy, entitled and unreliable? This set of stereotypes is just scratching the surface of the bad reputation that anyone in their twenties and early thirties is suffering through. As a millennial myself, I always feel the need to defend my peers because I know the mainstream media has portrayed the wrong …

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Cultural Conversations: Workplace Differences, U.S. vs. EU

US versus Europe

It’s officially August, and here in the United States, children are already heading back to school, a sign that summer vacation is a just a distant memory for most families. But in Europe, “out of office” notices are being sent and “closed for business” signs are being hung. For most of Europe, August marks a sort of “unofficial start” to …

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Internship

internship

As the summer rolls around, the pressure for college students to build their resumes is overwhelming. Every conversation towards the end of the year involves questions about who is working where or who scored the coolest internship for the summer. While the constant chatter about work may make some want to run and hide, having an internship is a vital …

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4 Ways to Achieve Gold in the Telecommuting Games

telecommuting

As the world’s most talented athletes gather in Rio this summer to fight for the gold, you are stuck at home, watching from afar. While you may not have the speed of Usain Bolt, the grace of Gabby Douglas or the serve of Novak Djokovic, fear no more because with these tips on dos and don’ts, you are guaranteed to …

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The Lazy Man’s Guide to UC

Beach, office, summertime

Summertime is officially here people! Time to kick your feet up on your desk, change your desktop backdrop to a beach scene and turn on your desk fan to emulate an actual beach vacation away from the office. Okay, so maybe that isn’t the best idea. But, if you’re too worried about what’s going on at work to take some …

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The Optimal Office Temperature: A Definitive Conclusion to the Age-Old Debate

office temperature

Whether your office climate is reminiscent of a warm, humid rainforest or the icy tundra, it’s undeniable that office temperature has a significant bearing on both your productivity and your overall comfort in the workplace. The verdict has long been out concerning the optimal office temperature, and we here at PGi want to end the office temperature debate once and …

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12 Earth Day Quotes to Celebrate Mother Nature

Holiday celebrations in the workplace are a great way to break up the monotony of the work week. Earth Day allows us to celebrate the beauty of our planet while actively working to preserve that beauty for future generations. So utilize Earth Day as an opportunity to do some good. Make today a print-free work day. Have a waste-free lunch. …

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The Life of a Digital Nomad: 4 Tips for a Better Life

smart office

If your job requires a lot of travel time, then you know the challenges you face when it comes to working remote. Where it’s staying connected, trying to access files, or sometimes, just finding a decent Wi-Fi signal, there are a lot of bumps in the road when you’re always working on the road. But being a “digital nomad” has …

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Selling with Video: So Easy a 12-Year-Old Can Do It

Video is everywhere. From ads online to product demonstrations and customer case studies, video is one of the most powerful tools any company can use to strengthen brand recognition and educate customers on their products—and a powerful tool for sales and marketing reps. In 2015, research by the Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs found that 74 percent of B2C marketers …

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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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The Email Mistake Horror Show, Starring Me

You always hear about those nightmarish work stories that haunt you to the core. Like the one where you’re asked to share a presentation you didn’t think was due for another week. Or the one where you’re stuck in the elevator with the CEO of your company and you suddenly have the intellect of a potato. Don’t worry, I think …

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5 Horrifying Meeting Mistakes That Will Keep You up at Night

From haunted houses and scary corn mazes to slasher flicks and your coworkers’ “Halloween costumes”, this time of year can bring around some pretty creepy and horrifying things. But sometimes even the most mundane things can be scary. Case and point: meetings. Even the most ordinary of meetings can be scary, especially if you dare to make any of these five …

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8 Ways to Avoid a Midday Productivity Crash

Productivity crashes suck. When the clock hits 2:30 pm, your eyes start to droop and you lose focus. We’ve all been there. But, there’s good news! You can prevent that midday slump in productivity. Check out these 8 ways to avoid the afternoon crash: 8 Ways to Avoid a Midday Productivity Crash from PGi 1. Prevent Crashes: Getting enough sleep …

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History of the 8 Hour Work Day

If you’re living in the States or Canada, welcome back to work after a nice, long Labor Day weekend. Back to the grind of working from 9 to 5 (or if you’re like most people we polled in our recent survey, even longer than that). This pattern of working eight hours a day is so engrained in our daily lives …

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10 Ways You Feel when You #TakeBack60

When you #TakeBack60 during your work week, there’s probably some intense emotions you’re feeling. But most of all you’re probably really, really happy and excited with all the time you’ve regained to do the things YOU want! 1. Maybe you feel like this: via GIPHY 2. Or like this: via GIPHY 3. You probably feel like this if you’re using …

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