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Preparing for Impact: Tips to Manage Workflow in the Face of a Natural Disaster

Over the past 25 years, as a global organization, PGi, like many other companies, has had its fair share of managing and working through natural disasters, challenges and threats. Our teams have navigated winds, rain, sleet and snow in different regional offices around the world, and have had to adapt and think quickly to keep our business running smoothly while …

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Are Americans Shaming Their Co-Workers Who Work From Home?

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Remote work, telecommuting and telework are all terms that everyone has become familiar with over the last decade. With the proliferation of IT consumerization and Bring Your Own Tech (BYOT), it has become easier than ever for everyone to stay connected and in tune with work during all hours of the day (and night). In fact, PGi’s 2016 Global Telework …

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Snow Days and Tube Strikes: How Telework Policies Can Save Your Workday

Over the last week, Winter Storm Helena ground transportation to a halt across the United States. From almost three feet of snow in Colorado to slick and ice-glazed roads in Atlanta, the storm has resulted in rolling closures of offices of all industries across the country, and has continued its way up the Northeastern Coast. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, London …

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Top 10 Coolest Coworking Spaces in the US

With flexible working hours, mobile productivity and virtual meetings becoming the new normal for professionals across the globe, start-ups and freelancers are looking to alternatives to traditional office environments to stay connected and get inspired. Coworking spaces, shared workspaces that members can join for a fee that provide power, Wi-Fi and other office amenities, are an increasingly popular choice for …

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Dos and Don’ts of Managing a Remote Team

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Working remotely has become an increasingly popular option for employees from all different industries, but the rise of telecommuters and field workers poses unique challenges for in-office management. An engaged and productive field team can be the factor that differentiates a business from its competitors, but only if that team is engaged and productive while on the job. No matter …

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2016 Global Telework Survey

By now, we are all familiar with the idea of telecommuting, and rightly so. In a 2015 Gallup poll, it was found that telecommuting has seen a 37 percent rise in popularity in the last decade. But let’s stop and think for a second. If remote work is so popular, why are commute times still outrageous? Why are some companies …

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How to Build Trust on Virtual Teams

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Remember the trust falls you used to do as a team-building exercise at summer camp? Now imagine the people catching you in a trust fall are people you’ve never met in real life. You probably wouldn’t feel too safe stepping off that ledge. When it comes to virtual relationships, establishing trust can be incredibly difficult, but for remote workers, building …

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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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Customer Insight Series: A Lesson on the Benefits of Telework

At PGi, we love insights—especially those from our customers. We love learning more about what their daily lives as knowledge workers are like, how they use collaboration technology and more. Understanding our customers not only gives us a peek into how we can create new features or completely new products to address common pain points, but it also gives us …

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

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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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Pros and Cons of the New Era of Telework

Recently, PGi conducted a survey of knowledge workers around the world on the subject of telecommuting. Out of over 3,000 workers surveyed, an overwhelming majority (79%) have the opportunity to work remotely at least one day a week. Our survey also shed light on both the perceived benefits and negatives of telecommuting around the globe. While anecdotal evidence, the numbers …

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It’s Back!: The 12 Days of Telework

Ah, the holidays, the most wonderful time of year. Or is it? Between last minute gift shopping, heavier-than-normal traffic and end of the year projects at work, this time of year can actually be pretty chaotic. And with your personal life and work life crashing in on each other, its a great time to focus on achieving the work/life balance …

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Time for Personality to Shine

personality and flexible work

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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R.I.P. to the Traditional 9 to 5

Finally, the time has come. The long overdue death of the traditional (and soul sucking) notion of a 9-5 workplace has arrived. It may seem like an apocalyptic end for some more traditional companies, but cubicle farms and chatty watercoolers are being replaced by a more productive, eco-friendly and cost-efficient method of working: telecommuting. Whether you want to call it …

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Gifographic: How Does Your Commute Compare to the World?

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Honk, honk! Beep, beep! Ah, the soothing sounds of commuting—there’s no better way to start or end the workday. Who are we kidding? Commuting is the worst! And according to the second annual PGi Global Telework Survey Report, most workers commute more than 30 minutes every day. How long is your commute: 15 minutes, 45 minutes, over an hour? See how your …

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10 Best Apps for Virtual Team Building

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Do you know what your teammates’ watched on TV last night? Do you know who prefers to talk on the phone and who prefers instant messaging? Do you know who the early risers and night owls are? If you answered no, it’s time to get to know your remote co-workers a little better. Here are 10 of the most fun …

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The Power of Saying ‘Good Morning’ to Your Virtual Team

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Saying “Good morning!” is something you do without thinking in the office but quickly forget when you’re working from home. But greeting your teammates is one of the best morning routines you can establish for virtual team building. Here’s why those two little words are such a powerful start to your workday: 1. It helps you establish a morning routine. A …

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10 Reasons Remote Workers are Great for Business

In PGi’s recent Global Telework Survey, we gathered responses from around the globe about the state of teleworking. Approximately 79 percent of those surveyed stated they worked remotely at least one day per week. The survey also found that more than ever before, companies are embracing flexible working, with 66 percent of respondents saying telecommuting is more positively viewed in …

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Nine Stats About Global Shifts in Telework Trends

Thanks to continuing trends in technology, businesses are adapting their practices to support the idea of remote work, flex work and telework. Whether it’s to achieve a better work/life balance, to skip a hectic commute or to spend more time with family, knowledge workers all over the world are increasingly wanting the ability to telecommute at least part time. Earlier …

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Celebrate Georgia Telework Week with PGi’s Telecommuting Top 5

September 15th-19th has been officially proclaimed as the fifth annual Georgia Telework Week. PGi is headquartered here in Atlanta, Georgia, and as providers of collaboration solutions, we’re big fans of telecommuting and telework. To celebrate the kick-off of Georgia Telework Week, we’ve compiled our Telecommuting Top 5, a list of our favorite and most popular telecommuting articles, covering everything from …

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