Author Archives: Austen Read-McFarland

Videoconference

It’s Time for More Remote Meetings

Videoconference

Why Managers Should Embrace Videoconferencing

Among office workers, there’s a complaint so common that it borders on cliche:

“This meeting should have been an email.”

For all the different contexts it’s used in, what always drives this message is frustration over time management. It represents employees wanting to just do their job, not get pulled from their desks to hear information that could be given in a more streamlined way.

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Outlining Effective Videoconferencing Design

Core Elements to Look for in a Video Solution

Amid all the massive growth that UCC is undergoing overall, one particularly explosive area is videoconferencing.

As anyone who’s been paying attention to changes in smart working can tell you, video seems poised to dominate the UCC market. Statistics back up that inference, too: according to Gartner, in-person meetings are set to drop to just 25% of all meetings in favor of virtual platforms. Continue reading

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Concrete Ways to Manage Distractions

6 Free Tech Tools to Stay Focused at Home

As said in a previous post, one unfortunate fact about working from home is that we all have to deal with distractions.

In that post, we discussed some ways of thinking that can keep you on track — but, for some, those tips might be too abstract. Plenty of us need something a little more concrete to block out the allure of our phone or unproductive websites.

But don’t fret if that’s the case for you. To get more direct about blocking distractions, we recommend using the following six tools, add-ons and apps. (Better yet, each one is totally free!) Continue reading

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Smart Working Through Distractions

Smart Working Through Distractions

Smart Working Through Distractions

5 Ways to Rethink Your Work-at-Home Situation

As countless people began working from home for the first time in their lives, time and again I’ve heard them express one especially common worry:

“How can I get any work done when I have so many distractions?”

The fact is, there’s no way to just poof away every distraction available. So to keep disruptions at bay, you need to start with how you approach them and the idea of work itself — in other words, the solution is to reassess how you think about productivity and where it can occur.

Read on to learn five points to consider if you’re worried distractions are keeping you from being the best smart home worker you can be.

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Wildix vs. Zoom: A Security Showdown

Wildix vs. Zoom: A Security Showdown

Wildix vs. Zoom: A Security Showdown
Amid the sudden surge in demand for smart working, one option that’s caught on with literally millions of consumers is Zoom. With its rise to the spotlight, the freemium videoconferencing app has drawn a lot of attention — but not always for the best reasons.

The explanation for Zoom’s popularity is most likely that it does what it says on the label: it provides a fast, approachable means of connecting people over video (albeit without providing the degree of end-to-end encryption it promises).

In a perfect world, this would be all an end-user needs out of a web conferencing app. But the problem is, we’re living in a world full of security and privacy threats. Continue reading

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