Need to Meet? Try a Conference Instead.
November 24, 2009 @ 03:51 PM | By Cambria Vaccaro

Conference Our own Kathleen Finato, senior vice president of marketing and business development, is today’s featured guest blogger on BusinessWeek’s Small Business tips blog. In the article, you’ll learn three common myths about replacing face-to-face meetings with conferencing.

“Myth 1: You always need to be in front of your customer in order to take care of business.
In a recent study by Wainhouse and InterCall, 56% of respondents felt that if more in-person meetings were replaced by conference calls, both parties would be able to get more done. Conferencing allows you to stay in your comfort zone and conduct meetings with anyone, anywhere. Being there can simply mean dialing a couple of numbers and making a few clicks.”

Read the entire article.

Have you found success and savings by replacing face-to-face meetings with conferencing? Let us know about it. We'd love to hear from you! 

Cam_blog Cambria Vaccaro is the Senior Director, Marketing Communications and our “Industry News” blogger.  Cambria has been in the conferencing industry for nearly fifteen years, and has seen it evolve from a traditional video bridging service to include cool web features and remote communication services.  She is an avid runner, cook, wife and mother of two gorgeous girls.

Can Your Career Thrive in a Web 2.0 World?
November 16, 2009 @ 01:01 PM | By Miracle Everett

Join InterCall and speakers Orville Pierson and Robert Bertrand, from Lee Hecht Harrison, on November 18 as we discuss in-depth methods for managing your online personal brand.

Managing your personal brand online is becoming increasingly important to advancing your career. Drawing on information from Lee Hecht Harrison’s latest white paper, "Building Your Personal Online Brand," this webinar explores how to use a wide range of social media tools to manage your online identity, search for jobs and advance your career. It also offers specific and valuable advice to help you convey a consistent online message.

Attend this free one-hour webinar and you’ll learn the do’s and don’ts of social media as well as gain insight into the future of how social networking might impact your job search and brand identity.

Register today!

And to access the latest LHH whitepaper, please visit www.LHH.com. See you Wednesday!

Headshot_miracle Miracle Everett is a marketing support coordinator at InterCall and has spent the last two years working on our webinar series. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, raising performance birds and painting.

Do You Have a Pandemic Plan in Place?
November 11, 2009 @ 10:50 AM | By Cambria Vaccaro

PLAN The World Health Organization announced Friday that H1N1 cases are on the rise in China and Japan, while the virus is continuing to initiate an early start to the winter flu season in Europe, Central Asia and North America.

A quick check of Flu.gov, a comprehensive interagency web site, will provide you with a slew of information on ways to identify, prevent and treat the illness. Among the various recommendations, a few items that pertain to the workplace stood out.

Come up with a Plan
The site encourages businesses to plan appropriate prevention and response strategies in order to maintain business operations and minimize adverse effects.

At InterCall, we launched an internal plan last spring in order to protect our workers while still offering the highest degree of customer service and support. Because of the nature of our work, InterCall has the flexibility and capability to manage and support most operations remotely when necessary. We’ve even developed instructional programs in order for additional staff to be trained on essential operational duties in short notice, emergency situations.

Communicate Your Plan
Once you’ve established your pandemic strategy be sure to communicate it to employees and stakeholders. Flu.gov says:

• Establish and clearly communicate policies on sick leave and employee compensation
• Encourage ill persons to stay home during a pandemic and establish return-to-work policies after illness
• Establish policies for sick-leave absences unique to a pandemic (e.g., liberal/unscheduled leave)

Don’t Forget Conferencing!
Finally, in mitigation guidelines issued by the CDC, "teleworking" strategies are cited as an effective method for reducing contact among susceptible or afflicted individuals and groups. Flu.gov encourages businesses to limit face-to-face meetings and modify workplace practices by promoting the use of conferencing as an alternative meeting solution. In addition to reducing contact among those who may be ill, the site says that conferencing “would help employees balance their work and family responsibilities.”

Need to keep your germs to yourself? If you think you’re experiencing symptoms but still feel well enough to work, if you’re in the minimum 24-hour post-flu exclusionary/recovery period or if you need to stay home with sick kids, try a conference instead. With simple tools you already have at home—a phone, computer and Internet connection—you can hold meetings just as if you were in the office. You can get a free one month trial of InterCall Unified Meeting, our integrated audio and web conferencing service, to see how easy and convenient it is. Just visit our web site to get started today.

Cam_blog Cambria Vaccaro is the Senior Director, Marketing Communications and our “Industry News” blogger.  Cambria has been in the conferencing industry for nearly fifteen years, and has seen it evolve from a traditional video bridging service to include cool web features and remote communication services.  She is an avid runner, cook, wife and mother of two gorgeous girls.

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