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Central Desktop on the Productivity Benefits of Cat Pictures and Social Media

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All month long we’re exploring the idea of the strategic benefits of being unproductive. In other words, those midday online shopping breaks, social media jaunts or water cooler conversations can actually have tangible benefits to you and your team in the form of reduced stress, better team dynamics and improved overall productivity. Idle Chatter? Doesn’t Matter In an article that …

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How Mobile & Social Are Driving The Virtual Workplace

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Businesses across the globe are increasingly moving towards a more virtual workplace. With the number of worldwide mobile workers forecast to reach 1.3 billion by 2015, businesses have to adapt their technology offerings to meet the needs of the new virtual worker. Two technology trends have impacted the creation of the virtual workplace more than any other: social technologies, such …

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Teaching the Teachers: Turning Your Sales Pitches into Teachable Moments

As a part of your company’s sales team, it’s your job to reach out to business decision makers, build relationships with them and ultimately convince them that your product or service is right for them. These are the mentors and leaders in their organizations, men and women who have worked hard to build the knowledge on the ins and outs …

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The Force of Intrapreneurship and How to Nurture it Within Your Company

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Entrepreneurship is a tough road. One of the toughest. The risk, the change, the volatility—it’s not for everyone, in spite of the benefits. Even the most creative minds might feel more at home in the comfort of a larger company, free to hone their professional skills without the worries that come with being an entrepreneur. However, knowledge workers in particular …

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Top 5 SlideShare Fun Presentation Ideas Slide Decks

We all love to hate a horrendous presentation, but SlideShare’s amazingly talented crowd has some amazingly fun presentation ideas that will help you be the best in your company. Here are the top five SlideShare presentations with fun presentation ideas you can use today. 1. Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it) — Alexei Kapterev [slideshare id=85551&doc=death-by-powerpoint4344] The stats in …

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The Changing Face of Entrepreneurship: Trends to Watch

Entrepreneurship is very near and dear to my heart. While my title and responsibilities may have changed over the years, I still picture myself as the young kid paving driveways at sixteen, passionate about having a business of my own. I’ve said many times over the years that the entrepreneurial spirit can be summed up in two words: risk and …

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The Crossroads of Gen Y and Business Tech

The Millennial generation, of which I am a member, is the largest percentage of any one generation in the workplace today. Gen Y has a very different set of interests, personality traits and ambitions than previous generations: we’re mobile, social and technologically savvy, and we expect our business environments to facilitate these traits. It’s not merely an issue of making …

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The Case for SySTEMatic Change: New STEM Education Infographic

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“Today’s recovering, highly competitive economy offers a growing demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. To compete in this greater job market, the U.S. education system needs support to equip students with tools for STEM success.” The newest infographic from PGi, a global leader in virtual meetings for over 20 years, explores the current climate of STEM education …

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What Kind of People Work in Coworking Spaces?

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As I sit in my local coworking space in London, I watch as the modern, card-operated door slides open to welcome members new and old into the beautiful Victorian building known now as The Hub Kings Cross. But what of the 6,000 or so independent workers in The Hub network with access to over 20 coworking spaces around the world …

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Are You Ready for the Workplace of the Future?

How do you define the future of work, and what does the workplace of the future look like? In a word: freedom. The workplace of the future sheds the idea of private, assigned spaces in favor of openness, collaboration and flexibility. Knowledge workers thrive on teamwork and spontaneous ideation, and if companies hope to attract and retain top talent, they …

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The dark side of telecommuting: does working from home hurt your career?

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Invisibility and isolation are two key challenges when considering telecommuting as a career choice. But is time away from the office hurting your professional path? Telecommuting holds numerous advantages for professionals, and we’re passionate about sharing and discussing these many benefits with business consumers. Improvements in productivity, work-life balance, cost savings and benefits for the planet are just a few …

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GlobalMeet Audio: Innovative Support and the Benefits of the Bundle

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GlobalMeet® Audio, PGi’s innovative audio conferencing solution powered by an industry-leading, modern, VoIP audio infrastructure, provides companies with a simple and intuitive audio conferencing solution. From the beginning, GlobalMeet Audio is designed around providing a seamless buying and user experience. And that philosophy extends through deployment and integration all the way to innovative support methods and even pricing, where an …

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The Next Big Wave: How Millennials Influence the Workplace

On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. Over 76 million of our children are now in the next cubicle, at the office water cooler and on our web conference calls. They’ve got us surrounded. …

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5 Kitchen Nook Office Ideas for the Work-at-Home Mom

Vying for space with kids and kid-related clutter is a daily struggle. Stay-at-home “mompreneurs” and telecommuting moms battle sinks full of dishes, laundry piles, sticky counters and toys in every nook and cranny—not great for our sanity or work productivity! The kitchen nook is a great way to move one step closer to our goal of obtaining work-life balance when …

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STEM Education a Priority for America and the World: Get Involved Today

“Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.” — Christine Gregoire Tomorrow, May 3, is the inaugural Georgia STEM day. Companies, educators, public officials and families are coming together to raise awareness about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education for the betterment of America’s future. Here are some eye-opening statistics about STEM education in the …

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6 Home Office Design Ideas with an Eco-Friendly Flair

Earth Day has come and gone, but there are still exciting ways to contribute to a healthier planet year round. Telecommuting is one of our favorite ways here at PGi to be green and productive, and for teleworkers, you can be green, productive and trendy right in your home office. Here are a six home office design ideas with an …

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Study reveals that entrepreneurs think differently

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Entrepreneurs are often out-of-the-box thinkers but a new study reveals that they use both sides of their brain in the decision-making process. When you look at an entrepreneur like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, it would be safe to assume that he thinks differently. It would also be safe to assume that most entrepreneurs, especially the successful ones, also think differently. …

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5 Things Working Moms and Working Dads Need from Employers Right Now

Today, I’m sitting at home with my sick buddy, incredibly grateful to work for a boss and a company that gets the working parent shtick: kids get sick—and so do we. With all the telecommuting hullabaloo sweeping through the media today, ignited by the Yahoo! telework ban, I started thinking. Is there a list of working moms and dads’ must-haves …

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Bert’s Big Adventure and PGi: Bringing Magical Moments to Atlanta’s Children

Since 2002, Bert’s Big Adventure has provided a lifetime of magical moments for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. PGi was honored to join in the adventure for the second year in a row as we help this incredible organization make the dreams of these worthy children come true. Teaming up with Atlanta’s popular Bert Show, PGi joined …

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What’s the next step for sustainable business?

Sure, you’ve gotten rid of the Styrofoam cups and replaced them with reusable containers, you’re turning off lights and shutting down your computer monitors, and you’re even ramping up a telecommuting practice for your employees. Do these environmental successes have you wondering what’s next for corporate sustainability in your business? Corporate sustainability is one of the biggest drivers of positive …

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