There’s something about the holiday season that brings people closer. From the moment November slips into December, and the holiday lights go up, there’s a sudden urge to do “Christmassy” things. Make eggnog, bake cookies, go shopping, wear red and green, watch nostalgic movies – you get the idea!
When it comes to traditions, every family’s got ‘em! Being together and in the moment is what it’s all about, whether you decorate a palm tree or Christmas tree, light a menorah or fly across the country to be with the ones you love. (more…)
It’s hard to think that some of the mega-corporations today came from such humble beginnings as small businesses! With nothing but a wing and a prayer, these forward-thinking future CEOs forked over lots of their time, and tons of their money to pursue their dreams of entrepreneurship. And to imagine that most of our household items, the ones we couldn’t possibly manage our day to day without, are quite literally a product and combination of innovation and the courage to see it through to the end from merely a dream. (more…)
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. (more…)
Technology that Enhances the Classroom Experience for Students and Teachers
iotum Live Episode 3: Five Tools for Digital Classrooms
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.
Welcome to Thailand: Overview, Principal Regions
Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Thailand is well-known around the world for its beach resorts, temples, nightlife, and a vibrant, welcoming culture. Each year, tens of millions of tourists and working travelers flock to Thailand to experience the sights and sounds of the Land of Smiles. Whether you want to go shopping for luxury goods, ride elephants through the jungle, party at a nightclub, or scuba dive a coral reef, the various regions of Thailand each have their own unique flavor and attractions to explore. Here are just 3 of the most popular:
Bangkok and Central Thailand
The political and economic capital of the country, Bangkok is the starting and ending point for most visitors’ time in Thailand. Located on the banks of the Chao Praya river delta in central Thailand, Bangkok has a combined metropolitan population of roughly at least 15 million—making it by far Thailand’s largest and most important city. Notable sights and attractions in Bangkok include the Grand Palace, world-class shopping and entertainment, floating markets, Buddhist temples, and street food.
Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand
Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand
For a greener, more serene Thai experience, head north. Northern Thailand features tall mountains, rolling hills, and lush river valleys. Due to its more northern location and moderate elevation, temperatures in the north are somewhat cooler than the rest of the country. Chiang Mai, the largest city in the northern region of Thailand, is renowned for its temples and outdoor markets. One of Thailand’s most famous cultural attractions, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, is located 9 miles outside of the city of Chiang Mai. One of the most popular tourist draws in all of Thailand, getting up close and personal with elephants, can be done at any one of a number of elephant parks and sanctuaries located in Chiang Mai province.
Southern Thailand and its numerous islands are a paradise for scuba divers, nature lovers, and party animals alike. Centered around the Malay peninsula between the Gulf of Thailand and the Indian Ocean, southern Thailand features steep mountains, lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and numerous islands. The most well known of these islands, Phuket, lies just of the southwest coast and is a popular resort destination featuring scuba diving, island hopping, and a world-class party scene.
Coworking Spaces in Thailand
Here are a few of Coworker.com ‘s top reviewed coworking spaces for travellers looking to work remotely while in Thailand.
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. (more…)
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!
Exciting! New FreeConference Podcasts 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!
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