Category: Telework

One of the largest challenges an organization faces is finding good talent.  We can find good talent all over the world, just not necessarily where we need them to be.  Offering relocation packages can be expensive as well as a burden on families.  Relocating a family away from home, extend family and children changing schools leaves the family vulnerable to the possibility of being unhappy due to the relocation.   The solution is to implement a telework policy allowing your organization to find the right talent. Some of the benefits that come along with a telework policy are: Improves Employee Satisfaction The rat race …

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Telework, also known as teleconferencing, telecommuting or just working from home; allows an organization to reduce the expense of natural and economic resources, generating a savings realized by both the organization and the employee.  Some may argue the savings are minimal; however considering the cost savings over multiple years, by the number of employees can be a substantial cost savings and benefit to the environment. According to the EPA, If 5.2 million American’s telecommuted twice per month for one year, it would save 10 million barrels of oil.  Depending on the commute and how the employee commutes, telecommuting 2 days a …

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Working from home can be an employees dream. You have comfort, control and the convenience of no commute. There is also a complete freedom to create an office space that is exactly what you want.Your home office design can drastically affect your mood, productivity and efficiency.With an increasing number of people starting to telecommute, ensuring a productive work environment is becoming more and more important. This does not mean, however, that every person who works from home needs to start ripping down walls and building new offices in their homes, there are a few small but effective design aspects that can …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration.  3 Ways to Create a Productive Virtual Work Environment As online collaboration tools become increasingly sophisticated, a growing number of virtual companies are learning to take advantage of the global talent marketplace. However, managing a virtual company requires a different mindset — both for employees and employers. Delivering Better Transportation Solutions In a Connected World With Cisco IoE Many transportation systems have been in place for decades.  And, as more and more connections are needed, consolidating these aging and disparate proprietary networks into a single, more powerful IP network that supports the demand …

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According to Forbes, one in every 5 Americans works from home, and the number is continuing to rise. With an increasingly globalized workforce, and technology resources and tools becoming more prevalent and easy to use, telework is growing at a rapid pace. Likewise, some of the common pitfalls of telework include lack of routine and productivity issues However, as a remote employee, I think there are a handful of less common challenges that can also trouble employees who work from home. Here are some of those challenges and a few easy solutions: 1. “Email Refresh Exhaustion” When working on projects or assignments there …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. Video Conferencing in the Cloud Over the years, the business industry has adopted video conferencing as a viable and efficient means of communication-B2B and otherwise. There are a number of advantages that are apparent, but one of the foremost benefits of video conferencing is the reduced “face-to-face” time needed to travel and meet with prospective clients. Aside from that, adopting a cloud-based video conferencing can also trigger an increase in employee productivity, as well as create a portal for global communication. How the Cloud has Revolutionized Video Conferencing for Business Video conferencing …

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Communication goes much farther than just speaking and words. Body language has always been important in business when trying to establish credibility and convey the right message. On average, you only have 7 seconds to make a good first impression and create initial trust. Although many people pay attention to body language when speaking to someone in-person, they often forget how important these non-verbal cues are when using video conferencing. Body language & other non-verbal cues can have a dynamic impact on the message being conveyed, and it is very important that your body language reinforces your message as opposed to taking away …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration.  Seven tips for improving your remote meetings The way teams work and collaborate is changing. Consulting, remote workforces and outsourcing are all on the rise. Even if you operate a team that is technically based in the same physical office, it’s becoming more and more common that your clients prefer to communicate in a virtual manner instead of in person due to time constraints. This article includes seven strategies and techniques that will make your next virtual meeting just as effective as its in-person counterpart. How Video Conferencing is More Effective …

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With the advancement of technology and the many collaboration tools on the market today, people really can work from anywhere, anytime, and from any device. Due to these advancements and the potential benefits of telecommuting, many organizations are looking at implementing telework policies for their employees. Here are some of the reasons that companies should look in to implementing telework programs: Recruit the best employees, regardless of their location: Every organization is looking for the best and brightest candidates to bring to their team. Allowing employees to work remotely helps widen the talent pool and find great employees regardless of where they are located. …

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Welcome to our bi-weekly recap of the week’s best articles surrounding collaboration. What’s Standards-Based Video Conferencing Anyway? “Are you currently set up with some sort of standards-based system for video conferencing?” The question itself exemplifies the inability of current players to understand the shift that WebRTC is bringing with it–and here, WebRTC is just a catalyst for a larger industry trend in communications. I have WebRTC on my browser. I’ve got Skype installed and Hangouts as well. Between these three services, do I need any “standards-based system for video conferencing” to talk to anyone? A UC in the Cloud Update Adoption of cloud-based UC …

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