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I don’t need to tell you why working from home can be so preferable. It’s always nice to know no one else will touch your coffee or use your restroom. It is widely recognized that remote work is on the rise and many employees jump at the opportunity to work from home. With FreeConference, you would be able to manage to work from home in the most relaxing yet effective way.
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.
Not too many people enjoy online web meetings. In order to have less, each meeting should be as efficient as possible. A key factor in meeting efficiency is engagement from your participants. In this post, we will talk about the 10 tips to boost your engagement during online web meetings.
Start or End the online meeting with a joke.
This humor-loving writer strongly believes that starting with a joke would swiftly get the attention of your attendees. Here’s an example: “How many employees does it take to fix an echo? No, seriously someone fix that echo or you’re all fired.”
Why Screen Sharing is a Game-Changer in 21st Century Education
Thinking back to our school days, many of us probably remember sitting in class while the teacher stood in front of a whiteboard conducting the day’s lessons. Even today, this remains the primary way in which classroom education is conducted around the world. Until relatively recently, it was the only way classroom lessons were conducted. Now, 21st century digital technology has expanded the tools available for teachers and students to interact with one another both inside and outside the classroom. While many digital tools have made a profound impact on education, such as video conferencing, file sharing, and online classroom portals, today we will be taking a look at some of the ways teachers and students utilize screen sharing.
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.
The creative team at FreeConference decided to reach out to some of our favorite artists, textile artists, and illustrators, asking them to redesign the FreeConference logo (the Puffin) according to their personal style. I was privileged enough to chat with one of our lovely artists, Alex Nursall.
Before I sat down at my computer to talk to Alex, using FreeConference.com, I did a little research.40 minutes down the Google rabbit hole, I realized we used to work for the same publication at the University of Toronto — their newspaper, the Varsity.
FreeConference has a one-click video conference function, but I also gave Alex the option to call-in using our Toronto dial-in number but secretly hoped she would join our conference as I was looking forward to seeing how Alex would look on our crystal clear video. She often dyes her hair in unique colours and is a complete style maven. I was nervous and excited all at once.
Alex Nursall is known as a writer, illustrator, photographer, and comic, but I wanted to know which of these titles sits first on her business card.
We ended up talking about the power of language, the need for breathing room, and why it doesn’t always pay to take yourself too seriously. Which leads me to introduce this guy.