Technology Trends

4 Essential Items for your Holiday Workation

Traffic is light, offices are quiet and email is slow. You only have a few more days of down time until things start to pick up again. This is the perfect time to use the rest of those vacation days that you never had time for earlier in the year. Sometimes it can be hard to completely separate yourself from …

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What to Consider Before Using Free Web Conferencing

It’s a small world. And, with advances in technology, it seems to be getting smaller all the time. In no area of our daily lives is this more apparent than in the world of communication. There are many available programs that make it possible to communicate with anyone at any time—even those who are halfway around the world. From a …

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5 Reasons to be Grateful for a Workation This Week

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With the end of the year quickly approaching, more and more people are taking time off from work to be home with their families during the holidays. Offices are quiet while morning and evening rush hour traffic is virtually nonexistent.  Unfortunately, sometimes you may need to work during your scheduled vacation. Thanks to innovative technology, we can now work from …

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On the Twelfth Day of Telework my Parents said to me, Nice to See you Virtually

All good things must come to an end. Today is our last day of PGi’s telework series. Throughout the series, we have brought to you all the ways telework has helped us increase productivity, achieve worklife balance and reduce some of our stress during this busy holiday season. I hope some of the stories made you laugh and maybe think …

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On the Eleventh Day of Telework my Workation Gave to Me the Freedom to Work and Still Party

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With the holidays upon us and the last few work days winding down, our thoughts turn to some well-earned quality vacation time with family and friends. However, modern technology has caused our vacations to look very different. Earlier this year, we conducted a survey of our customers, soliciting over 500 responses about work habits while on vacation and found that …

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On the Tenth Day of Telework my Amex Gave to Me an Online Shopping Spree

Admit it. You know you do it. In fact, by last count, about 86% of us probably do. Online shopping—at work. And now, online shopping at telework. A recent RetailMeNot survey revealed our online shopping tendencies during the holiday rush, taken to a peak during the infamous Cyber Monday: 86% of working consumers admitted to shopping online while at work …

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On the Seventh Day of Telework my Coworkers Gave to Me Gifts and a Sense of Camaraderie

‘Tis the season for holiday parties, tacky sweaters and gift swaps. But for many of us, we have team members that are remote or even some that work from home. Since 2005, telecommuting has grown 73% across all sectors of business. With more and more teams jumping on the telework train, employees can often feel disconnected during this time of …

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On the Fourth Day of Telework, My Jetta Gave to Me a Break from the Traffic Crazy

Today marks the fourth day of PGi’s telework series, and if you’re like me, winter’s bad weather traffic is stressing you out—and it’s only December.  The answer to saving the stress (and keeping money in your wallet) is to skip the commute and opt for flexible work and/or telework. To make a business case for telecommuting at your company, download …

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On the First Day of Telework, PGi Gave to me Tools that Make Remote Work Easy

Over the next 12 days, we will be bringing you the 12 Days of Telework. Each day we will highlight 12 different benefits of telework. Talented individuals are located all over the world and unfortunately sometimes they are not conveniently located next to a company’s office. Here at PGi, we’ve adopted flexible work schedules and encouraged remote work. This has …

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PGi’s Green Data Center Featured on Mother Nature Network

PGi has long been committed to promoting environmental responsibility, both through our collaboration products that empower telecommuting and a dedication to philanthropy and volunteerism. One of our proudest achievements is our green data center, located at our Olathe, Kansas office, that handles all of our internal technologies like email. In an article and video featured on the Mother Nature Network, …

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Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and Innovation in the 21st Century

PGi has always been committed to leveraging creativity and innovation in order to design and produce the most intuitive and effective collaboration tools in the world. Our entire management team and all of our associates are firm believers in the power of innovation and how it can change all of our personal and professional lives for the better. In the …

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Nerd Alert: Technology Worth Being Thankful For

As the temperatures drop and the days get darker, it’s that time of year once again to reflect on everything that we’re thankful for. While “family,” “friends,” and “good health” are all givens, let’s be honest: what we really love is our tech! It’s amazing how far things have come even just in my short life to this point. And …

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How Technology is Changing Cooking Culture

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Believe it or not, the end of the year is quickly approaching. This time of year is great for using that last bit of vacation, spending time with loved ones and enjoying a few holiday meals. Although I cook often, I like to get creative and try new recipes during the holiday season. As I begin to search for new …

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Building the Best Presentation Game Plan

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When executed correctly, presentations can be a powerful tool that can bring a crowd to their feet and leave them wanting more. The problem is—this rarely happens. We’ve all attended a bad presentation. Over three million bad PowerPoint presentations happen every day. According to a recent PGi survey, 80 percent of attendees have checked email during a presentation, 60 percent …

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7 Random Facts About Global Information Workers

As an analyst relations professional I have taken numerous business trips and attended a wide variety of networking events. As many of you have experienced, networking events are not always as warm and fuzzy as the ridiculously photogenic crowd depicted in the invite, and unexpected conversation starters can be a great way to push past the initial awkwardness of meeting strangers. There …

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Security and Sensitive Information: How to Collaborate Securely

With so much information being shared between individuals and companies online, the security of exchanged data is paramount. Audio and web conferencing in particular can be dangerous if not properly secured. Proprietary industry information, corporate financial data, product and marketing strategies—these all are shared virtually in our new mobile, interconnected work environments. The protection of that data is two-fold: the …

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Doing Business in a Mobile-First World

Mobility is the fastest growing technology trend, ever. Adoption of mobile technology in the last decade has been twice as fast as Internet adoption in the 90s and three times faster than social networking adoption in the 2000s. Technology giants like Google, Apple and Microsoft are pushing full-steam ahead into the mobile space, pouring development and advertising dollars into tablets, …

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Nerd Alert: Food Apps for the Culinarily Challenged

As a true tech nerd, whenever I’m faced with a challenge, my first instinct is to seek out an app to help solve the problem. When I wanted to lose weight, I started with a Couch to 5K app and then transitioned to Nike+ to track my workouts. When I wanted to find a way to better manage my bills, …

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5 Fun Ways to Stay in Touch with Family

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I live in Atlanta while my immediate family lives in Jacksonville, FL. I also have family who lives on the West Coast, others who live in the Bahamas and a best friend who lives in Spain. It’s common for people to have friends and family who are spread all over the world—relatives often relocate for work or retirement. With the …

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Weird, Interesting & Cool Ways People are Using Technology

Every day, we’re surrounded by innovative technology that improves and streamlines our personal and professional lives. Tech like smartphones, tablets, GPS systems and positioning sensors have given rise to new, context-sensitive applications for our hardware and software that give us the information we need when we need it. However, beyond the practical business and personal implications of such technology lie …

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