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Looking to increase employee productivity? It’s all about the smartphone

In today’s business environment many companies have become accustomed to the notion of having to do more with less.  Business leaders are constantly looking for ways to increase employee efficiency as well as productivity.  Providing employees with smartphones can be a cost effective way to accomplish this tough task. If  your company has been debating whether or not to provide …

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Intelligent Innovation is the Key to Success

Technological innovation is all around us. It’s in the phones in our pockets, the computers on our desks and the mobile apps we use every day. Before long, the internet of things will bring connected technologies to every aspect of our homes, and wearable tech will literally surround us with sensors, UIs and contextual information to improve our lives. It’s …

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#KickTheHabit and Join the Fight Against Soul-Sucking Meetings

Meetings are a bit of a workplace conundrum. We know we need them to move projects forward, align strategies and stay productive, but they’re often so soul-crushingly boring and inefficient that we’d rather avoid them. Meetings become a necessary evil instead of the productive, useful and (dare I say it?) enjoyable core component of our work lives that they should …

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How Technology is Transforming Leadership

The only way to be an effective leader is to constantly challenge yourself to improve. Regardless of your title or industry, true leaders are constantly evolving and learning, adapting to new expectations, new models of thinking and new faces. As business leaders, technology has added yet another layer of complexity. By redefining the workforce, reimagining ways to get work done …

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Conquer Your Resolutions and Find Your Work-Health Balance in our Latest eBook

It’s that time of year again when our thoughts turn to our New Year’s Resolutions: how are we going to choose to better ourselves in the new year? In PGi’s latest free eBook, we tackle one of the most common resolution areas, health and fitness, and explore the unique opportunities that teleworkers and flexible workers have to engage in healthy …

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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 Third Day of Telework My Workers Gave to Me an Increase in Productivity

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Over the years at PGi, I’ve had the same conversation with executives and managers in a variety of fields about telecommuting. They say that telecommuting doesn’t work for their company, their industry or their people. They feel like they have to see their workers to know they’re doing what they’re being paid to do. This isn’t just an antiquated model …

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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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Business Insights (and terrible puns) from Bikram Yoga: Learn to Stretch Yourself

Taking care of myself is a passion of mine. While my schedule at PGi keeps me busy, I try to find the time to exercise as often as I can. I’m big into running and try to get a few miles in every day if possible. I try to eat as healthy as I can and I’m always looking for …

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4 Lessons I’ve Learned from Motocross and How I Use Them as CEO

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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Wall Street Journal to discuss one of my true passions: motocross. I’ve been riding since high school and I’ve yet to find a better way to relieve the stress of a hectic work life. At home with my bike and my boys, Braden and Bo. Raymond McCrea Jones for The …

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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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6 Reasons Why Your Small Business Might Benefit from Freelance Workers

If your small business is growing much more quickly than you expected—or you temporarily need help from professionals with specialized skills—freelance workers might be a smart option for you. Here’s why: Flexible labor and benefits costs. Hiring a full-time employee with benefits can be a big commitment for any small business — but hiring freelancers may be a more flexible choice. “When …

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PGi Helps You and Your Base Cross the Communications Chasm

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. Many businesses today are faced with the arduous task of crossing a communications chasm. On one side, you have the technologies of yesterday: email, faxes and deskphones, …

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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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Creating a Culture of Innovation

Innovation is everything. It is my never-ending goal, in all of my endeavors, to pursue a culture and a true mindset of innovation, and growing that culture is paramount to PGi’s success. In fact, just recently we created an entire group dedicated solely to pursuing innovative ideas and nurturing the pioneering minds of all of our associates. Throughout my career, …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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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. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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It’s All Economics: How Consumers Fall in Love with Products

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We live in a world today dictated by the brand, where consumers have unprecedented access to the products and companies they use and previously unheard-of freedom to vocalize their opinions. The explosion of social media has given rise to true brand engagement; what was once a one-way conversation of brands using their bullhorns to sell products has become a dialogue …

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Balancing Reliability and Innovation in Enterprise Applications

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Innovation is the driving force behind PGi’s online collaboration tools, but how do you balance the drive to innovate with the demand for reliability? The constant advance of technology has impacted the needs of consumers and corporations in dramatic ways. For any company to stay successful and competitive, they have to intelligently apply these new technologies and innovations to provide …

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