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What to consider in a Digital Education strategy

First we need to talk about learning. Education, that comes through learning, is one of the largest barriers that we have in our equalitarian world. This is based on the fact that people who studied for a higher education typically have a much greater chance of having a better life.

The current learning model where we have schools, teachers, classes and classrooms has already navigated through new borders. Technology can allow new ways to learn, in an even more affordable way, which can decrease the knowledge differences between different people and nations, thus taking us to a more equal world. Read more ›

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The Case for Teleworking

Did you know that in the District of Columbia, almost a third of federal employees commute over 180 minutes a day. I’ve certainly been there. That’s a lot of dead time which contributes to: unscheduled absences; poor punctuality; less availability; higher staff attrition; recruitment challenges; and negative environmental impacts.

And, think about this: ‘going to work’ requires a ‘place to work’ – premises, desk space, hardwired extensions, onsite facilities and so on. All of which cost money to provide. Now what happens when that ‘place to work’ is hit with a disaster, such as what’s unfolding in Texas right now? Count on productivity to drop and cost to rise as staff are moved elsewhere to carry on their day job. Read more ›

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Posted in Collaboration, Mobile Working, New Way To Work, Public Sector, Team Working, Unified Communications, Virtual Teams
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“Tell Me When This Really Starts to Hurt, Dear.”

This week I ordered a standing desk. We mentioned these in previous articles and now I have no choice. Yesterday I went to the Doctor’s office because the pain in my left shoulder and neck got to the point that I was cursing even when I wasn’t watching the evening news. Walking back to the examination room I was offered an audition to play Quasimodo in a community theater production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

The treatment consisted of a steroid injection in one shoulder and acupuncture treatment in the other. I have an epic pain threshold, but until the nurse told me I was scaring the little kids in the lobby, I was pretty much a whimpering mess. The nurse kept calling me “dear.” As in, “I’m going to keep increasing the pressure, just let me know when it really starts to hurt, dear.” I must have reminded her of her husband Fred, which explains why she chuckled fiendishly every time I said “ouch.” Read more ›

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Posted in Collaboration, Millennials, Mobile Working, New Way To Work, Technology, Unified Communications

We‘re happy to announce our new integration between Syncplicity, a Content Collaboration Platform, and Circuit team collaboration. We believe workflow integrations are key elements of successful digital workplace and collaboration strategies, particularly in the enterprise market. CIO, business decision makers and users want to be able to pick and choose tools that meet their individual needs, without sacrificing usability or creating more information silos. Read more ›

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We’ve all endured teleconferences rife with the late arrivals chime, connection drops outs, delays and echoes, and people talking over each other. If we’re really lucky, there may also be unexpected interruptions creating viral fame.

Of course, while there’s usually an element of acceptance with these foibles of remote collaboration, no one needs to become a trending topic because of teleconferencing.

Strategy Analytics predicts that 42.5 per cent (1.87 billion people) of the global workforce will be mobile employees by 2022. There’s not enough hashtags for that level of mobility, so following a few basic etiquette rules will lift your teleconferencing game to expert level. Read more ›

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Letters from the Home Office Vol. 11

It’s Not So Much a Trend as It Is Something that Happened a Lot.

These Letters from Home Office have been focused on productivity for people working at home or in non-traditional offices (I’m talking to the person who sits at a table at Panera Bread to make a conference call on her speakerphone). But it is a good time to point to some trends regarding home/remote workers. A Gallup Poll indicates the number of people working more that 80% of their time remotely has gone from 24% to 31% from 2012 to 2016 (Why Remote Workers are Being Called Back into the Office, by Jacob Passy in Market Watch). However, the same article notes that many large and small companies are pulling their employees back to the office citing productivity decline, dilution of company culture, technical challenges and other issues.

Like so many other trends that seemed inevitable, the concept of remote workers is at least pausing for a moment. That’s okay; I don’t have an iPod anymore either. Read more ›

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