Do you have any millennials in the workplace? Aside from the stereotypes of them being on their phone all the time, always complaining about baby boomers, and eating avocados on toast, you’ve probably found out by now that they actually are pretty different from their older counterparts.
Buzzfeed article topics aside, most millennials have grown up as digital natives, meaning they consider their digital world their home. To put it a different way, if baby boomers are fluent in the language of computers, millennials are native speakers.… Read more →
Technology that Enhances the Classroom Experience for Students and Teachers
From GPS maps to mobile apps, we’ve come to rely on technology for many aspects of our daily lives like navigation, banking, shopping, entertainment and…yes, education. In today’s blog, we’ll explore how web conferencing, screen sharing, and online apps are transforming the way students and teachers interact.
Times are changing. So too are the way businesses and employees operate. In no way is this transformation more apparent than the sharp rise in remote working, or telecommuting, among certain job sectors. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, nearly 40% of the U.S. workforce has telecommuted—up from just 9% only a decade prior. As businesses streamline and younger, tech-savvy people continue to join the ranks of the working, this figure is only likely to increase. In today’s blog, we will be taking a look at the unique advantages and challenges associated with telecommuting and how technologies such as free screen sharing and conference calling facilitate communication among remote teams.
Why Thailand Should Be Your Next Work & Travel Destination
From tropical beaches to bustling outdoor markets, Thailand’s natural beauty and cultural attractions have long made it a favorite travel destination. In today’s blog, we’ll be exploring what Thailand has to offer those visiting on a working holiday as well as a few of the top coworking destinations in the county.
If we turn back the clock just 10 or 15 years, we’d be in a time when remote work was pretty rare. Employers were still locked into the idea that people had to be in the office for them to be at their productive best, and the benefits of letting people telecommute really weren’t all that apparent.
However, fast forward to today and find ourselves in a time where remote work is more prevalent than ever. The number of people working remotely seems to be growing by the second, and there is really no reason to suspect this will slow down. Of course there will always be a place for the traditional office setting, but remote work is most certainly the future.
This will bring about lots of changes. Managers will have to adapt their management style so that they can work with remote teams, and nearly all businesses will need to get help—in the form of a professional employer organization (PEO)—managing the HR nightmare that comes with having employees from all over the world.
But before going too far into what people will need to do to adapt to a remote workforce, let’s look at some of drivers of this radical change in how we work.
How Parents and Teachers Can Use Phone Conferencing to Facilitate Communication
Whether you are a teacher dedicated to your students’ academic success or a parent actively involved in your child’s education, parent-teacher meetings help to bridge the communication gap between what’s going on at home and in the classroom. In today’s blog, we’ll explore how parents and teachers can utilize phone conferencing to support student learning.
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Tips for Conference Calling in an Open Floor Plan Office
Though intended to facilitate communication, open concept offices can sometimes feel like they do anything but that for people who hold conference calls in them. In today’s blog, we’ll be offering some tips for more effectively holding conference calls and improving productivity in offices that feature open floor plans.
To commemorate the re-launch of our sister platform Talkshoe (more details coming soon), and the upcoming Podcast Movement convention in Philadelphia, FreeConference has released our FreeConference Podcast series!
The first episode is hosted by Puffin Sandwich, one of our freelance teammates and a rare meats enthusiast. Introducing our parent company Iotum, and the different platforms that Iotum offers, like FreeConference, Callbridge and Talkshoe. We also get into the benefits of screen-sharing and how useful it is in everyday life.
Screen-sharing and online conferencing can help communication between remote workers, a section of the working population that has been on the rising significantly. But don’t get too comfortable as Puffin Sandwich reiterates the difference between work/life balance and laziness. Screen-sharing can also enable better collaborations for callers trying to view the same documents. Job interviews, artistic collaboration, and other non-traditional conference activities could also benefit from screen-sharing, as people are working on the same page, figuratively and literally.
That’s what screen sharing is for. Eliminating the need to travel to share important information in a streamlined visual way.
So check out our FreeConference podcasts! More to come soon!
Small Business Online Conferencing Tips: Career Development
Big or small, businesses depend on getting the best out of those they employ. From interns and temps all the way up to founders and CEOs, no business can succeed without a solid team of people behind it. For this reason, it is important for businesses of any size to offer their employees pathways for career development in their respective fields. In today’s blog, we’ll be examining why career development is critical for the long-term success of small businesses as well as some ways small business owners and managers can utilize online conferencing and informal one-on-one meetings to help their valued employees grow and succeed within the company.
When talking to Eric Anderson, the Texas-born author, illustrator, and part-time actor in his brother’s movies, the first thing I managed to do was suggest that he was, personally, ancient. An old-timer. I had merely said that I’d known about him for a quite a while.
“Yeah,” he sighs. “It’s been a long time now.”
I scrambled to explain that I simply meant that I’d admired his work for some time. But the damage was done.
We had been chatting because of a new venture here at FreeConference: Project Puffin. Having approached him for a commission as one of our featured artists, we wanted to see what he could come up with for our beloved mascot. Here’s what we got back.… Read more →
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