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Why October 24 Should be National Conference Appreciation Day
October 31, 2013 @ 01:03 PM | By Jill Huselton

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How often in the last month have you asked yourself where the time is going? I think I say it at least once a week, usually when I look at my to-do list and see that only half of my tasks have been checked off. I realized I must not be alone in thinking that there is not enough time in the day when I found out two special observances that take place on October 24: “40-Hour Work Week Day” and “National Take Back Your Time Day.”

Between work and Halloween preparations, the significance of October 24 can easily be lost. And given that I’m a week late in talking it about only reinforces how important it is that we all take time out to mark these occasions—next year. In the meantime, here are some ideas about how conference calls can help you properly celebrate these occasions not just on the 24th, but every day:

40-Hour Work Week Day

In 1937, the 40-hour work week was enacted under FDR’s New Deal. This law established a maximum standard work week of 40 hours in the United States. While it’s great getting out of work at a reasonable hour, there is usually quite a bit of work that needs to get done after hours—and conference calls are a great way of speeding up the process. Teams can gather over great distances using conference calls so that everyone can be on the same page. This increases communication and saves time in the process since it helps prevent problems before they arise.

For those who do not like to adhere to a 40-hour work week, conference calls are also the perfect way to bring the office home. Using conference calls, teams can have instant meetings when important information needs to be shared, so that issues do not have to wait until the next day to be resolved.

Take Back Your Time Day

Conference calls also play a huge role when it comes to leaving work at the office and having time to rest during days off. By using this technology, team members are able to host and be a part of meetings across the country without having to spend time and energy traveling, thus having more time to spend taking care of daily responsibilities.

With conference calls, making the most of time in the office and at home can be an easy goal to achieve. We want to know, how do conference calls make your life easier?

Jill HuseltonJill Huselton is a senior marketing manager at InterCall. She's been in the conferencing industry for nearly 15 years, working in operations, account management and marketing, mainly based in Colorado. Before leaving the Mile-High City, she hiked a 14er, one of her top accomplishments. Now she's traded the mountains for the beach and works from a home office in North Carolina.

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