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3 Steps for Creating a Sustainable HR Function: Green Recruitment Trends

It feels good to be green — especially in Human Resources. With the desire to be environmentally conscious and maximize HR effectiveness, green recruitment trends are quickly becoming top-of-mind action items for businesses across the globe. Over the past 10 years, environmental sustainability trends have cropped up throughout the enterprise, and HR departments are leading the charge. And for good …

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Confessions of an HR video junkie: how recruiters can increase profit

This article was written by Kim Pettibone, Director of Talent Management, PGi Human Resources  Recruiters—who make their money based on their ability to convince a company that they bring a unique level of service and the best candidates to an employer—know they have to prove their chops.  Let’s face it, top talent, even in today’s market, has their choice of …

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Deliver a Rich Customer Experience to Increase Revenue and Customer Loyalty

This last Sunday, Seth Godin blogged: “It’s easier to love a brand when a brand loves you back.” I couldn’t agree more. It’s never been more important to cultivate genuine customer relationships. Over 63% of buyers chose helpfulness and knowledge when selecting a vendor. With the right building blocks, an introductory meeting can turn a prospect into a loyal customer—but …

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Featured on GreenBiz.com: How to know if telecommuting will work for your employees

It’s a no-brainer, really. Telecommuting can save businesses billions of dollars in travel costs and overhead expenses while also significantly reducing environmental pollutants and paper consumption. Teleworking benefits to the planet are widely recognized and valued: cities cleaner air, businesses increased efficiency and productivity, and lower operational costs. Each person telecommuting just one day a week can save the company …

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What’s coworking? And why is it so awesome?

With the economy in a long, slow recovery, with many people still looking for work, some have created their own jobs. Others have found that working for someone else is frustrating, unfulfilling, or just doesn’t fit their personalities (I’m a part of the latter group). For whatever reason, more people than ever before are working for themselves. About a year …

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Tech Back Your Sales Results: An IT Checklist for Online Meetings

I doubt technology is one of the things that keeps you up at night. But it’s very possible that it should be. I talk to CEOs from different companies every day, and hands down, their top two biggest complaints are: Their sale teams aren’t meeting their targets. Their cost per sale is too high. Sound familiar? Ever since the down …

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Go Mobile the Right Way: Simple Mobile Meeting Tips

iMeet Mobile

We’re big fans of meeting on the go here at PGi. We even cut our very own award-winning digital nomad Cora Rodenbusch loose around the world for almost a year, and we continued to work and collaborate closely with her during that time. There are some pitfalls with mobile meetings though, especially when it comes to connecting and maintaining quality …

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The 4 Principles of Collaboration & Teamwork

The past two-plus years here at PGi have afforded me the opportunity to work on a variety of teams. Small, close-knit teams that shared cube walls; Teams stretched out across the world in multiple cities and time zones; Teams with folks I have never met in person, and teams made up of old friends. The unique experience with each group …

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New Research: Dress to Be Confident and Creative at Work

Have you taken your prospecting to an entirely new level with video? Video is the new sales tool you can’t do without, and was the topic for my video webinar with inside sales expert Josiane Feigon of Telesmart last month. This month we shared ways you can put your prospecting on steroids with video. It’s amazing how much impact video can have …

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How to protect your video conferencing equipment from hackers

Video conferencing is a highly effective way for companies and organizations to communicate with clients, contractors, colleagues and other people who can’t be physically present for a conventional meeting. It saves time, cuts down on expenses and eliminates the carbon emissions associated with commuting and business travel. But the information that is sent back and forth may be sensitive, and …

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Ten jobs changed by video conferencing

In our quest to get the best service possible, whether from doctors, music teachers or financial consultants, we were once limited by geography. But since the advent of the webcam, our options have become virtually limitless. Video conferencing has made interactive meetings possible even when the participating parties are located in different countries. Now, a wide range of occupations are …

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Digital Nomad Tip #33: Welcome Enterprise Technology to Your Home

Konnichiwa and greetings from Tokyo! Nowhere else have I found a culture so strongly dedicated to efficiency, commerce and technology. From futuristic robots to loos smarter than most humans and the world’s largest broadcasting tower, Tokyo got it covered. Over the past 10 months on the road, visiting PGi’s 30+ global offices, I have used PGi’s virtual meeting solutions, iMeet and GlobalMeet, to join meetings, …

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Virtual Teaming Breaks the Office Mold

There are many ways that workplaces are going green, and one of the biggest is telecommuting. From 1980 – 2009, the percentage of employees working from home has grown 86%. Along with this remote work rise, more and more virtual teams are being born. When I first heard of virtual teams, I wondered how anyone could manage employees effectively when …

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What nonverbal messages do you send during virtual meetings?

I’ve said before that up to 93% of communication is nonverbal. But did you know that you exchange approximately 800 nonverbal messages during the average 30-minute sales call? (Source: The Art of Nonverbal Selling, Gerhard Gschwandtner) On a sales call, your nonverbal communication will always say more than your words. What nonverbal messages are you sending to clients and prospects?

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Digital Nomad Tip #28: Don’t Let a Few Miles Keep Your Team From a Big Opportunity

G’day mate and greetings from down under in beautiful Sydney, Australia! After taking a week off in the Hobbit capital of the world, South Island, New Zealand, we made our way to Sydney and have been enjoying some of the best weather the city has to offer. In the short time we’ve been here, my colleagues have taken me to …

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A focus on the intersection of the future and the way we work: #ShiftSXSW

Beginning tomorrow, PGi will engage thought leaders, strategists, and business visionaries in a three-day conversation that intersects at the interactive hub of the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. Our offices, located the top of the Frost Bank Building, will serve as host for the second #shift conference. This pop-up event empowers, studies and celebrates exciting new fields as well as …

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The Digital Sales Call: How to Get Results

Successful sales professionals are making heavy use of online environments to prospect, create relationships, and close deals. But how are they translating the “art” of selling (once thought to be require face-to-face interactions) to an online environment? Last week, I led a webinar with Selling Power‚ The Digital Sales Call: How to Get Results. I shared tips and tricks for leveraging …

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PGi Awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Product Line Strategy Award

We are proud to announce that Frost & Sullivan, a global leader in research and analysis, has recognized PGi as their 2011 Product Line Strategy Award winners. This prestigious award recognizes PGi’s accomplishments in delivering industry-leading products and solutions that advance videoconferencing software as a service. iMeet and GlobalMeet were designed with the user in mind and above all, to …

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How to Recover and Regroup After a Soul-Sucking Meeting

You probably know what it’s like to have a meeting that makes you feel worse after it’s over, as though you’ve accomplished less for attending than if there had been no meeting at all. You aren’t clear on your next steps, attendees are frustrated, communications were cloudy, tense, or worse, or maybe even some of the primary stakeholders weren’t even …

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PGi’s Top 10 Teleworking Articles for the Mobile Workforce

Happy Chinese New Year from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! Last night Will and I welcomed the auspicious year of the dragon in the heart of Kuala Lumpur surrounded by old friends, good food and new traditions. As we look forward to a prosperous 2012, we want to set our fellow teleworkers (and teleworker wannabes) up for a successful year of mobile …

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