4 Tips for staying productive during Winter Storm Juno

winter

#Snowmageddon2015. With anywhere between 1-3 feet of snow due to hit the Northeast, there’s a chance that you might not be able to make it into the office today, or tomorrow for that matter.  When snow storms hit, how do can you make sure you are staying productive and not come down with a case of cabin fever?

I thought I would share some of my top tips for making sure Juno doesn’t put a pause on my productivity.

1. Find an area in the house you can concentrate. I know most of us have been there before- “working from home” quickly becomes “working from couch”. If you find yourself watching Maury more than responding to emails, you know it’s time to make a move. I personally find my kitchen table the most productive place to work, but I’ll leave this up to you. Here are few criteria you can use to decide where to post up:

  • Your workspace should be free from distractions & noise.
  •  Look for an area where you have natural light. This is crucial for maintaining concentration.
  • Make sure you have a comfortable chair, so you don’t find yourself back on the couch mid-day.

2. Stay connected and up to date. When I say stay up-to-date, I don’t mean with the latest snowfall totals (as tempting as that may be). I mean making sure you are accessible to anyone, anywhere for quick ad-hoc collaboration or for a pre-planned meeting - just because it snows, that doesn’t mean projects are on hold! With chat or email I can quickly get a question answered, but if I need to have a more collaborative conversation, I always use join.me. That way I can show my screen, pass presenter role and even annotate if I need to. It also helps that if the whole team is working from home, they can all dial-in and be on the same call.

3. Come up with goals. Set 3 goals for yourself for the day and strive to hit those goals by certain times in the day. When working from home it’s easy to get distracted and push off certain tasks for later in the day. Then, all of sudden, it’s almost time for dinner and you haven’t accomplished anything on your to-do list. I love to use Asana to keep with daily tasks and stay up to date on my team’s progress and tasks. This is especially convenient when I can’t just walk over to their desks and get a status update.

4. Enjoy your time at home. The best thing about being productive when you’re snowed in is that you can fend off cabin fever. When you close up your laptop for the day, you will actually feel accomplished. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate, you deserve it!

These tips should help you stay productive during your snow day. Do you have any other tips for staying productive when working from home? Please share with us in the comments below!

         

The 5M Dollar Meeting Problem

Wasted time is a pain, wasted money, a problem. Our 2014 Ovum study shed some light on late meeting starts and found that these delays added up to an average of over 10 minutes of time wasted each meeting, which increased to almost 3 hours per week for executives. So what does that mean for your bottom line? After all, time is money. We found that for the average mid-sized organization that wasted time translated to over $5M in wasted cash. What else could your business spend that money on? We’ll tell you what we would spend it on. With an extra $5M cash over the course of a year, we calculated that our Boston office could buy ALL of the following:

Print

… Talk about perks. Okay…. Maybe 100 pizza parties is excessive, but what would you do with your extra $5M?! We’d love to hear some ideas the comments section below. For the full report, click here, or check out the full infographic.

         

Update.Me – Collaboration, Innovation, and Engagement News Week of January 19th, 2015

update.me2

It’s #2! Yes, the second post in our brand new blog series called “update.me.” In case you missed it, last Friday we kicked off a new join.me blog series where we’ll share the latest news articles and industry updates on collaboration that are interesting, engaging, disruptive, or just plain cool. Click here for our inaugural issue.

This week: a review of the new Facebook for Work platform, why join.me ranks top for customer satisfaction, some advice on averting daydreams of bacon and how to look smarter at work.

It’s Like Facebook For Work. Wait It Is Facebook For Work
Social really goes business with the new Facebook At Work. Analyst Alan Lepofsky gives a great in-depth analysis on the new Facebook At Work feature. While Facebook’s familiar user experience and household name naturally make this offering buzzworthy, Alan points out what we are wondering ourselves - how will this type of a social networking collaboration tool actually help employees better do their jobs? The answer: integration with current tools across all functional areas. Spoiler alert: more to come from join.me on this, so stay tuned!

G2 Releases First Report on Web Conferencing Tools
We’re blushing, really. You shouldn’t have! In G2’s first report on web conferencing tools released this week, join.me was ranked at the top for customer satisfaction! We received the highest overall customer satisfaction score, out of a pool of over 50 different tools. We are thrilled, but not entirely surprised - this aligns with a new Satmetrix report where we received the highest Net Promoter Score for speed, reliability, and ease-of-use against our competitors.

10 Tricks to Appear Smart During Meetings
It’s Friday, so we thought we’d bring you a laugh with this list of how to look smarter in meetings.  As author Sarah Cooper (blogger for Huffington Post and Business Insider) writes, “sometimes this can be difficult if you start daydreaming about your next vacation, your next nap, or bacon.” Mmm, baaaacon…

         

Join.me Ranked Number One in Speed, Ease of Use, Reliability

We are excited to share that new Satmetrix data has ranked join.me as the overwhelming favorite among web conferencing solutions for businesses, above GoToMeeting, Lync and WebEx. Not surprisingly, the research concluded that the easiest and most reliable tools are the most likely to be used, and recommended by employees. At join.me, we feel simplicity is key, because too many of today’s solutions are just too complicated.

To conduct the survey, Satmetrix identified the loyalty drivers of online meeting tools that have the most impact on whether a user will continue to use a product and recommend it to others. There were 5 key factors the survey focused on: overall ease of use, reliability and quality of both screen sharing and call audio, application speed, and mobile capability. The responses were used to generate a Net Promoter Score for each tool, where join.me emerged as the clear leader. Net Promoter Scores were reported for both employees who have only used a single solution and for employees who have experience using two or more of the tools.

What were the actual ratings? The NPS ratings came in at 48 for join.me, 31 for GoToMeeting, 25 for Lync and 19 for WebEx.  When professionals have experienced multiple online meeting tools along with join.me, join.me’s NPS comes in even higher at 64, far exceeding its competitors. Frankly, that is high praise.

nps image

We are thrilled to be identified as the web conferencing solution with the highest NPS among businesses. This report reinforces what we have always believed to be true – virtual meeting tools should be simple, fast, and reliable. Period.

Click here to download the full report.

         

UPDATE.ME - This week in collaboration, innovation, and engagement

We're excited to kick off a join.me blog series called “update.me.” At join.me, we know how important it is to work and collaborate together simply and easily. So we want to share with you the latest news articles and industry updates on collaboration and interaction we find interesting, engaging, disruptive, or just plain cool. We'd love to hear your opinions and feedback on these topics. Please reply in the comment section below, or on Twitter @joinme!

14_principles_of_the_future_organization The 14 Principles Of The Future Organization
This great infographic from Jacob Morgan at Forbes identifies fourteen characteristics organizations need to consider in the future in order to be successful. Among these requirements: a connected workforce, and the ability to innovate from anywhere.

Here’s to the Power of 40 Winks: HubSpot CEO on Napping
HubSpot Founder and CEO Brian Halligan notes that “the lines of work and life have blurred” to such an extent that companies need to re-evaluate leadership and cultural practices. We agree with his assessment, especially the adoption of employee naptime!

How The Next Five Years Will Revolutionize Your Business
In the January issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, four leading cultural anthropologists discuss what they expect for 2015-2020, a time expected to bring great change and innovation to businesses. Collaborative business is highlighted as a key point of consideration for future success.

Chronic stress dominates a third of UK working life, says research
A new study in People Management Magazine shows over two thirds of UK workers experienced stress that reducing their motivation, productivity, and overall performance - the most cited stressor being increased workloads. With such numbers, organizations need to step in, and provide solutions to enable employees to better manage their workloads and productivity.

         

For a Happy New Year, Go Back to Basics

fireworks

Happy New Year from join.me! To help sales professionals kick off the New Year right, we took a look back at all the research we’ve done in 2014 to compile some quick lessons. We found that much of our data and analysis over the past year supported some age-old lessons of selling. So while it’s a new year, continue to stick to these basics, and you’ll find success.

1)    Be on Time. Talk about basics! But there are true, measurable business implications to starting meetings a few minutes behind schedule. This year, 68% of senior executives reported to us that 95% of their meetings start late. These late starts add up to over 5 days of wasted time per year, and for a midsize organization, that adds up to over $5 million dollars in lost revenue. Consider that figure next time you take a few minutes getting a sales call up and running – how much money are you wasting?

2)    Collaboration = Success! In an ever-changing mobile and global workforce, sales leaders need to keep team collaboration a top priority. According to leadership effectiveness expert Jaclyn Kostner, workforce teams that collaborate the most often are 36% more productive than teams with less collaboration (video). Encouraging regular or impromptu ‘meeting of the minds’ within your sales teams can lead to new innovation, creativity, and solutions to problems you may not have even known about.

3)    Don’t let Tech Get in the Way. Frustrations with technology have been a part of the working world since… well, since ever. We did a study with InfoWorld on the most frustrating tech pain points for sales teams, specifically the many issues of legacy virtual meeting tools. The majority of business and IT execs agreed that new, cloud-based tools can enable an increase in frequency and number of prospect and customer meetings, among other benefits. So, don’t let cumbersome, legacy solutions stop you from maximizing your success and productivity.

4)    Stay on your Toes - Always. In this current sales atmosphere, you can close a deal anytime and from anywhere, even in just a few minutes.  According to our 2014 research report with conducted by Ovum, 35% of all meetings are unplanned and ad hoc, with 40% of respondents saying their personal ad hoc meeting behavior is increasing. As this trend continues next year, sales teams need to constantly stay up-to-date on what's happening with their current customers and prospects. Preparation for impromptu meetings can make all the difference.

         

Better Collaboration Equals Better Performance.

Successful collaboration in the workplace can be the difference between success and failure. According to Dr. Jaclyn Kostner, leadership effectiveness expert and CEO of virtual training organization Bridge the Distance, workforce teams that collaborate the most often are 36% more productive than teams with less collaboration. Companies that make increased and improved collaboration a top priority can see improvements across a number of departments or functional areas, including customer service, profitability, and employee engagement. The key, and the crossroads at which many organizations find themselves today, is determining which tools to use and implement across the entire organization.

According to our recent research with Forbes Insights, the key factor in a virtual meeting tool that drives successful collaboration is simplicity. Kostner agrees - she says: “the best tools for collaboration have to be easy to get into, so that it’s fast and spontaneous. The strategy for successful collaboration begins at the top level. We want to make sure that we’re combining great tools and great technology along with great meeting practices that pull everyone in, to get the richest meeting experience.” View more of Jaclyn’s comments in this video below, which also highlights more key insights from our recent Forbes report:

         

Click to Close with join.me for Salesforce

salesforce_02

Salesforce is the world’s #1 CRM platform used by sales professionals everywhere to give demos and sell smarter and faster every day. join.me is already the instant, online meeting tool of choice for sales professionals, so it’s a no brainer that we would bring these two popular cloud-based sales tools together to deliver seamless, instant and easy one-click demos.

We’re excited to officially unveil a new integration between join.me and Salesforce, enabling sales professionals to start a join.me meeting directly from the Salesforce interface. The integration, which works with join.me enterprise accounts, allows Salesforce users to instantly start a meeting or give a sales demo directly from the lead or contact view. Now, companies using Salesforce and join.me can boost sales productivity and empower sales reps to close the deal faster.

Meeting hosts simply click on the “Start a meeting” button directly from the Salesforce screen, prompting the join.me window to open and share your screen instantly. Hosts will then be prompted to share the 9-digit meeting code or personal url with participants allowing them to enter. Once the meeting ends, Salesforce creates an activity record, complete with details from meeting and any follow up notes the user would like to include.

Want to see what it's all about? Watch this short overview below.

The integration is available for join.me enterprise accounts. For a limited time only, the integration will be available to join.me Pro users! Click here to start your free join.me trial and test the Salesforce integration. If you’re interested in becoming a join.me enterprise user, please contact our sales department for more information.

Don’t waste any time, install this new integration from the AppExchange and increase your conversion rates and boost your sales today!

         

Sporadic connectivity issues with LogMeIn and join.me

UPDATE:

We've successfully applied a fix that should resolve the issues described below. The fix was applied last Friday, and subsequent tests over the weekend into today (Monday) have confirmed that it has had the desired effect. All services should be back to normal. Again, our apologies to those who experienced these issues.

ORIGINAL POST: 

We’re actively investigating reports of sporadic connectivity with join.me, LogMeIn Pro and LogMeIn Central. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and wanted to assure you that our team is working tirelessly on a resolution. Here’s a quick update on what we’re seeing and potential options that may resolve the issues in the meantime, should you experience them.

What we’re seeing

The issues are affecting some but not all people, and result in one of the following experiences.

  • Getting ‘kicked out’ of active sessions. i.e. After successfully logging in, people suddenly appear to get disconnected or logged out.
  • LogMeIn.com or join.me homepages not loading or inaccessible. i.e. You cannot access either the join.me or LogMeIn.com website from your browser

Based on our investigation, we believe both are related to a single, common issue, and we’re actively fixing it.

What might help

One potential short-term fix is to clear your cache, close your browser and try to re-connect.  Many people who have reported these issues have since been able to connect upon further attempts.

When the issues will be resolved

Our team has been working around the clock, and we believe we have identified the contributing factors. Fixes are actively being tested and applied now.  We believe that these steps will enable us to reach a resolution by this weekend, and we will provide a further update as soon as possible.

In the meantime, thank you for your patience, and once again, we apologize for any inconvenience or disruption this may have caused.

         

Connected employees are changing everything.

cio

Legacy team collaboration solutions don’t fit the modern, mobile, consumerized, and connected workforce’s needs and expectations. Professionals desire agile, easy-to-use tools that facilitate the rapid proliferation of ad hoc and virtual meetings. And if IT-provisioned tools don’t do the trick, employees are not shy about solving the problem with their own apps and devices.

Click here to read more at CIO.com