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How Lifesize Maintains Reliability Through the Coronavirus Crisis

by Michael Helmbrecht in Industry, Products, Trends, Technology
Histogram showing a dramatic increase of Lifesize users As organizations have rapidly transitioned tens of millions of employees to work-from-home arrangements due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and directives from health experts, they have come to heavily rely on technologies such as Lifesize to keep their distributed teams connected and productive. With the unprecedented universal growth in video conferencing users and usage, platform…

Work-from-home email: How to craft a work-from-home request in three steps

by Jasmine Kim in Flu Season, Healthcare, People, Trends
Here are a few tips and sample letters to get you started on your work-from-home request. Increase business continuity with Lifesize video conferencing. Many organizations are flexible when it comes to working from home when you’re feeling sick. In fact, many companies encourage you to take a sick day or a remote work day when you’re feeling under the weather.  If your team is already working from home, you can connect with your team virtually by claiming your free account with Lifesize . And if you prefer to work from home due to Coronaviru…

Artificial Intelligence and Its Role in Collaborating Across Cultures

by Bobby Beckmann in Trends, Technology
Colleagues in a meeting room with presentation sharing from multiple devices At its core, technology is meant to make our lives easier and help connect us. The rise of the smartphone, mobile email, instant messaging, social media and countless other innovations have resulted in more instantaneous, always-on correspondence. That correspondence has, in turn, vaulted the business world into becoming ever more globalized. Whether the distance spans continents, countries or…

Intuitive Tools in The Workplace: Bringing Consistency to The Employee Experience

by Bobby Beckmann in Trends, Technology
Remote worker at desk The tech industry is dominated by buzzwords: actionable, cutting-edge, interoperable and, perhaps most popular of all, intuitive. Since its earliest days as a company, Apple (then Apple Computers) differentiated its products from competitors by focusing on intuitiveness, over time building one of the most influential brands in the world by creating devices that are beloved by technophiles and…

6 Video Conferencing Predictions for 2020

by Bobby Beckmann in Industry, Trends
Four Lifesize video conferencing cameras at the top of screen followed by large text that says 2020 Predictions Last year, AI became a proven technology in the video conferencing industry. Chatbots, dynamic assistants and cybersecurity were all areas where AI improved the meeting experience, helping workers become not only more productive but increasingly more secure and targeted in their output. AI will continue to evolve and improve in this space — AI is a given, not a prediction. January predictions…

2020 New Year’s Resolution Generator

by Erinn Wolfe in Miscellaneous, Trends
Graphic with fireworks shooting off that says Get your New Year's Resolution! It’s time to let go of those old resolutions. You know... the ones you've been meaning to get to year after year but never actually do. Start off the new year – and the new decade – with goals that are attainable and will improve your life for the long run, not just a few fleeting weeks in January. If you need a little help coming up with a New Year’s resolution you can stick with this year,…

The True Cost of Video Conferencing in 2020: Software, Equipment and ROI

by Julian Fields in Trends, Meeting Room
Calculating ROI and TCO for Video Conferencing When it comes to adopting video conferencing in the workplace, there are two types of people: those who intuitively “get it,” and those who need some convincing. For people in the first camp, the inherent usefulness and value of a video conferencing system is self-apparent; to quote one CEO and heavy Lifesize user, “I don’t cost-justify the use of our phones or computers, so why cost-justify…

Flexible Work Arrangements: 4 Alternatives That Go Far Beyond “WFH”

by Aaron Motsinger in Best Practices, Trends
Flexible work arrangement work from home 9/80 plan The coincidence that I’m exploring and writing about this topic from my home office over a weekend — completely by choice — is not lost on me. Flexible work arrangements are policies and procedures designed to add flexibility to employee schedules without negatively impacting the quantity or quality of the work being performed. Across generations and geographies, there’s an unrestrained desire…

Six Common Office Illnesses and Their Contagious Periods

by Jasmine Kim in Flu Season, Healthcare, People, Trends
Check out these stats on the most common office illnesses and their contagious periods and learn how to beat office flu season. Every year around this time, the office starts crawling with employees too proud to stay home and admit they’re sick. Maybe they’re not so sick that they can’t work, maybe they want you to suffer with whatever has them squinting at the bright lights and reaching for the office medicine cabinet, or maybe they just don’t know when they’re contagious and should work from home. Here are six common…

How to Work from Home with Sick Kids

by Julian Fields in Flu Season, Healthcare, People, Trends
 You shouldn’t have to choose between work and taking care of your family — don’t miss a beat in the office and be there for your children with these tips.   Holiday season tracks perfectly with cold and flu season, and if you’ve got little ones, that may mean an increase in sick days to help care for your family. But let’s face it — between the chicken soup runs and the temperature monitoring, there can be a lot of downtime during naps and movie marathons where a flexible work-from-home day might be a better option.   During flu season, nearly…
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