Telecommuting

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

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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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5 Tips to Recruit Top Telecommuting Talent

Whether you have a remote or brick-and-mortar company, there may come a time when you need to hire a virtual worker. That’s a good thing, since opening up your talent pool to the virtual worker world means you’ll be able to find the best talent out there and not be limited by geographic locations. But here’s the thing: remote workers …

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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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Why Getting a “Yes” for Flexible Work is Only the Beginning

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Securing a flexible working arrangement can feel like an end point. The truth is – it is only the beginning, says Flexible Boss editor Heather Greig-Smith. Of course, thinking through how a role will work flexibly is important. Convincing your line manager that this is good for the business and will keep valuable talent in the firm is also no …

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5 Ways to Ensure Your Remote Workers Will Succeed

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Ask any employer and he will tell you that the key to a successful company is a happy, unified, and productive workforce. After all, when employees are unhappy and disengaged from their jobs, the company on the whole can suffer. That’s why it’s crucial to look for the signs that will let you know your virtual team will be a …

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5 Interview Tactics to Weed Out Bad Remote Workers

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You have years and years of experience hiring traditional office workers for various positions within your company. So when it comes time to hire a remote worker, you might think that you can follow the exact same processes and procedures you’ve previously used in hiring office employees. Think again. Hiring a remote worker is quite different from in-office hirings. If …

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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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Murphy’s Law of Working from Home

Generation Z

Remember the old adage that states “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”, also known as Murphy’s Law? Well, that epigram holds very true for those of us who are remote workers. From Wi-Fi outages to the inevitable snack attack, something is bound to go wrong when working from home. As providers of software powering the WFH revolution, we …

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10 Commandments of Virtual Teams

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Virtual teams are becoming a norm for modern businesses. According to PGi’s 2015 Global Telework Survey, 79% of knowledge workers reported working outside the office. With more teams working remote, it’s important to remember a few commandments to keep teams working successfully. Check out PGi’s 10 commandments for virtual teams: 10 Commandments of Virtual Teams from PGi 1. Thou Shalt …

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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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Why Your Business Needs Remote Workers

Generation Z

Telecommuting is a phrase that’s been around for quite some time, but until recently, the idea hasn’t been a mainstream business practice. In PGi’s recent Global Telework Survey, it was found that more than ever before, companies are embracing flexible working, with 66 percent of respondents saying telecommuting is more positively viewed in their organization. With remote work programs gaining …

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Flexibility vs. Agility: Is Flexibility a Dirty Word?

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In some quarters, flexibility has become a dirty word. One to be banished from business terminology for sending the wrong message. That’s not to say these people and organisations are demanding that their employees are chained to their desks from nine to five and beyond, refusing to allow freedom in working practices. When it comes to being flexible, some of …

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Coolest Coworking Spaces in the Top 10 Metro Areas

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Of the 79 percent of employees now working outside the office, 10 percent set up shop at shared workspaces, according to the second annual Global Telework Survey by PGi. Also known as coworking spaces, these home office alternatives provide the perfect balance of flexibility, socialization and structure for telecommuters, as well as upgraded space to meet in person, video conference, network …

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Video or IM? A Communication Flowchart for Virtual Teams

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Working outside the office is now the new norm, which means the “office” is now a digital workplace. Instead of conference rooms, break rooms and adjoining cubicles, virtual teams now use video conferencing, social media and instant messaging to manage workflows, communicate and build better teamwork. However, now that your virtual team has so many tools at your disposal, how …

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How to Recreate Water-Cooler Chat for Virtual Team Building

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Water-cooler chat: A brief, marvelous moment in the workday when employees share office buzz and tales from the weekend outside of their cubicles—and a must-have for virtual team building. Bonding, constructive criticism, knowledge sharing and innovation are the fruits of such spontaneous communication. But when your workers’ only interactions are online or on the phone, how do you capture the …

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What’s the Best Virtual Team Building Activity You Can Do?

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Virtual happy hours, remote office tours, online show-and-tell—everyone loves to get creative with virtual team building activities to bond and play from afar. So what’s the best virtual team building activity you can do? Create a plan for better communication. Sure, it’s not as exciting as beating your boss in a video game or as funny as your icebreakers, but …

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PGi’s New Survey Reveals the Latest Global Telework Stats

2015 Global Telework Stats

Flexible work is on the rise all over the globe. Knowledge workers the world over are increasingly wanting—if not demanding—the ability to telecommute at least part-time. Whether it’s to skip a brutal commute, improve work-life balance or simply work with less distractions, telework isn’t a nice-to-have anymore; it’s increasingly a must-have. As the world’s largest dedicated provider of collaboration software …

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Reviving Family Time through Telecommuting

Family Time

With online meetings making telecommuting and remote work easier than ever, why do so many of us still seem to struggle with work/life balance? In less than a month, two Silicon Valley executives have taken a step down from their prestigious positions. On March 10, 2015, Google’s CFO, Patrick Pichette, announced his retirement. Shortly thereafter, Uber’s CFO, Brent Callinicos also …

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