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10 Ways to Eliminate Distractions When Working [2020]

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Mobility
girl on a conference call with a distracting cat on her shoulder The ongoing pandemic has cast a shadow of uncertainty for individuals and businesses across the world. Many enterprise companies have implemented remote work policies to protect their employees. You may find yourself as one of those individuals suddenly working from home. But making the transition can be disorienting if you’re used to working in an office environment. You don’t have to be at…

Remote Teamwork: How to Productively Work Together When You’re Not Together

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Technology
A guy is waving to his computer while on a video conference call As companies around the globe continue to have their staff work from home , some organizations are transitioning into a hybrid work model with a mix of in-office employees and remote workers. Many are finding that building a cohesive company culture and keeping employees productive and engaged is more challenging than ever with a distributed workforce. In addition to feeling disconnected and…

How to Host Virtual Events in 2020: The Complete Guide

by Dustin Smith in Events, Best Practices, Technology
Man giving a virtual presentation No longer considered a wave of the future, virtual events are now a staple of the present. As the world continues to wade through the coronavirus pandemic, online events have become standard procedure for both large- and small-scale gatherings. From conferences to concerts, connecting via digital experiences is not only possible, it’s practical and purposeful, as well. In this article, we take…

How to Give a Virtual Presentation: Tips, Challenges, and More

by John Yarbrough in Best Practices, Technology
Man using various presentation tools For many, virtual presentations are an acquired taste. But, with remote teams becoming increasingly popular—especially now due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic—virtual presentations are not only to be expected, but they are also rapidly becoming the norm in our day-to-day professional lives. In addition to helping colleagues stay aligned on major projects, virtual presentations are a…

Remote Work Policies: The Who, What & Why

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Industry
Purple filing folder with the words Remote Work Policy written at the top of the folder The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced businesses to take part in the world’s largest remote work experiment. While 63% of companies in the U.S. had a remote workforce before the pandemic, the majority didn’t have a formal remote work policy in place, leaving tens of thousands of businesses and millions of workers questioning what to do following an abrupt shift to a new style of work. With…

Remote Work Culture: How to Promote Company Culture Across Distributed Teams

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Industry, Mobility
Lady on her computer smiling. She looks very happy This blog is part of a series about distributed work for enterprise companies. Click here  to read the first blog in the series.   As people are asked to stay home and entire cities are ordered to shelter in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) , companies globally are now faced with the challenge of supporting an entirely remote workforce. Beyond the logistical challenges…

Remote Work Is Often Isolating. Here Is How Remote Teams Can Overcome Loneliness.

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Mobility
Lady holding a phone and laptop looking out of the window An Abrupt Change to 2020 It’s an understatement to say life has changed, drastically, in only a few weeks’ time. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) has transitioned from an infectious disease to a global pandemic, millions of people around the world have felt its impact on a very personal level. From schools closing, to citywide curfews and quarantines, to businesses considering significant layoffs…

Video Conferencing Privacy: 10 Best Practices for Maintaining Privacy

by Jason Pruett in Best Practices, Technology
Person using their phone and computer with a security lock graphic overlay Communicating and collaborating through video has exploded as we all adjust to a new way of life in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, where working from home and social distancing have become the norm. But with the Coronavirus outbreak, there has been a dramatic there has been a increase of companies and organizations attempting to put platforms in place as quickly as possible. With people…

How to Stay Productive While Working from Home

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices, Mobility
Man working on his computer with his son working next to him on a smaller desk Organizations around the world have rolled out mandatory work-from-home policies for their entire workforce amid the spread of COVID-19 . Not surprisingly, this sudden shift in where and how we work, collaborate and communicate has been challenging for many employees. Some are working from home for the first time, which means figuring out how to stay focused and productive in a distracting…

Secure Video Conferencing: Your Guide to Safe Video Calls in 2020

by Dustin Smith in Best Practices
Secure video conferencing lock As video conferencing has surged in popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic, data privacy and security problems with tools like Zoom, have come to light. The security of video conferencing isn’t just a topic for government agencies and GDPR. The data security practices and policies built into the apps and services you use at home and at work are critically important and can have real conseque…
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