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How to Make Remote Work, Work

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 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. From commuti…

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…

Eliminating Distractions While Working from Home: Here’s How to Stay Focused

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…

Leadership Conversations: Make-A-Wish

by John Yarbrough in CustomerCase Study, Industry, People
Headshot of Kathrin Brewer, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central and South Texas Kathrin Brewer, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central & South Texas In 1980, Christopher James Greicius, a 7-year-old boy battling leukemia, had a particular goal — becoming a police officer. In response, his friends, family, and community in Phoenix, Arizona, came together to make his wish come true, while simultaneously giving birth to a worldwide movement that has since touched millions…

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…

Leadership Conversations: Brock University

by John Yarbrough in CustomerCase Study, Industry, People
Headshot of Jon Winterbottom Jon Winterbottom, Video Conferencing Technologist for Brock University Asked about the difference between school and life, American author Tom Bodett once remarked, “in school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson.” Needless to say, COVID-19 has resulted in plenty of lessons and considerably learning for educators, students 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…

Leadership Conversations: Palmaz Vineyards

by John Yarbrough in CustomerCase Study, Industry, People
Headshot of Christian Palmaz Christian Palmaz, Co-Founder of Palmaz Vineyards For Californians, wine is more than a way to destress after a long day at work; it’s a critical part of the state’s economy, contributing more than $50 billion annually through job creation, tourism and exports. According to recent estimates, California produces more than 80% of all U.S. wines and is the 4th largest producer of wine globally…

Pardon the Interruption — Lifesize Introduces Raise Hands Feature

by Jason Pruett in Technology, Features, Lifesize
7 people have their hand raised Nonverbal cues are essential to effective communication. When interacting with a colleague or client in person, it’s easy to tell when the other person has something to say by picking up on nonverbal cues like body movements, facial expressions, eye contact and hand gestures. When meeting with a group of people, there are more moving parts, but the conversation usually carries on successfully…

Leadership Conversations: Digitcom

by John Yarbrough in CustomerCase Study, Industry, People
Headshot of Boris Koechlin, President of Digitcom Boris Koechlin, President of Digitcom Since 1991, Digitcom has supported more than 5,000 businesses with essential communications services from its headquarters in Toronto, Canada. With services ranging from turnkey technical installations to enterprise-scale, end-to-end communications solutions, the firm has a wealth of experience working hand in hand with the world’s largest organizations…
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