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Virtual Town Hall Meetings: 10 Tips to Run a Better Meeting

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Streaming and Recording
A number of people on a conference call during a virtual townhall Town hall meetings, and other company-wide all-hands discussions, are great for getting everyone in your organization together at the same time to share important business updates, strategy decisions, big customer wins and progress toward company-wide goals. But with more employees working remotely than ever before, it may be impossible to get all your staff together in the same physical place.…

Getting Ready for the Next Normal

by Josh Kivenko in Trends, Unified Communications, Best Practices
Three people on a conference call using their smart devices “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” –General Dwight D. Eisenhower “Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.” – Mike Krzyzewski  We’ve all felt embattled by the global health crisis, social upheaval, financial volatility and complete disruption to our daily lives and routines. Whether we planned for it or not,…

Personal Connections: How to Create Business Relationships That Last

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, People
Lady with her young daughter on a video call Businesses thrive when employees and clients feel like they’re cared for and connect on a personal level. A Harvard University study shows that only 15% of the reason a person gets a job, keeps a job or advances in a job is related to technical skills and job knowledge, while 85% has to do with people skills and building personal connections. So what is the best way to build truly authentic…

What Is a Business Continuity Plan? Definition, Examples and How to Write One

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Industry
yellow blocks are falling over but a finger is holder up one purple block The COVID-19 crisis caught organizations around the world by surprise and left companies scrambling to figure out how to keep their operations running while simultaneously supporting an entirely remote workforce. A recent Business Continuity Survey by industry research firm Gartner showed that only 12% of organizations felt highly prepared for the impact of coronavirus. “This lack of confiden…

Our 15 Favorite Virtual Team-Building Activities to Boost Remote Team Cohesiveness

by Kevin Payne - Guest Contributor in Best Practices, Mobility
Two guys playing chess against each other on their computers Do you want to find real ways to connect your remote team members beyond shared projects, company goals and weekly team sync meetings? We recommend virtual team-building activities. While many in-person and in-house teams have the benefit of being able to bond in ways that make the most of being in the same physical space, the same can’t be said for remote teams. Building team cohesiveness in…

5 Inexpensive Video Conferencing Lighting Solutions

by Dustin Smith in Products, Best Practices
Man on a conference call using a Lume Cube light attached to his laptop Video conferencing has surged in usage since the outbreak of COVID-19. As organizations around the world quickly implemented work-from-home policies to slow the spread of the virus, video conference calls became the ultimate solution to connect the remote workforce. Conference calls have now become so commonplace that many employees who historically never participated in video meetings are…

Returning to Work in 2020: A New Hybrid Work Model after COVID-19

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Technology
A man tying his dress shoes, preparing to go to work Following weeks of employees’ working remotely in response to COVID-19 , businesses are now facing a new challenge: how and when to return to the office safely. Despite uncertainties and significant logistical concerns, a post-COVID-19 workplace is inevitable, even as organizations work to adapt facilities based on evolving guidelines from public health institutions. To successfully transition…

Building Team Camaraderie in the Workplace (Especially if You’re Remote)

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Mobility
6 people embracing with their arms around each other Genuine team camaraderie is key to successfully building a collaborative and productive team that not only enjoys working together but can accomplish goals with ease. Noting research from Gallup, the  Harvard Business Review writes , “Employees report that when they have friends at work, their job is more fun, enjoyable, worthwhile, and satisfying. Gallup found that close work friendships…

How to Make Working from Home Work for You

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Mobility
Person on a video conference call at home COVID-19’s remote-work requirement may have been an abrupt transition, but it doesn’t have to hinder your sanity and productivity. For most employees, working from home full-time simply requires  new technology and routines . Fortunately, many of the necessary technologies to work from home effectively already exist, so the biggest challenge for employees new to remote work is behavioral.…

5 Virtual Meeting Icebreakers for Distributed Teams

by Erinn Wolfe in Best Practices, Mobility
Lady using her laptop for a conference call with her dog is sitting in her lap Since the outbreak of COVID-19, companies globally have implemented mandatory work-from-home policies for their entire workforce. Without in-person interactions, it can be hard for coworkers to connect and get to know one another. New members of distributed teams may feel especially isolated and disconnected from their coworkers during this time of uncertainty. Fortunately, modern technology…
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