Is Workshifting Right For Your Company?
You may be wondering ‘What is workshifting‘? I first wrote about the topic a few months ago when we (as ShareFilers) were still new to the idea. It’s simply using the web to work from anywhere, anytime, from any device. It’s a pretty cool concept, introduced to us by Citrix. Some employees here at ShareFile are already workshifting a few days per week.
According to Workshifting.com, the number of U.S. telecommuters ranges from between 2.8 million people (consider home their primary place of work, not including the self-employed) and 44.4 million (includes anyone works at home at least once a year). Before you and your employees take on the idea of workshifting, first make sure you have the right hardware and software. Laptops, tablets and mobile devices enable employees to be freed from their traditional desk space and gives them the ability to work from virtually anywhere (with the right apps of course). Workshifting employees will need the ability to access their office documents, collaborate with coworkers just like they do in office. Tools like GoToMeeting with HD Faces, GoToMyPC and ShareFile, all make workshifting a seamless process for employees.
With the proper hardware and software in place, your employees can enjoy workshifting. Statistics* show that a mobile work style increases employee productivity by 27% and increases employee engagement by 55%. I thought these stats were very intriguing and decided to ask one of our managers his feedback on workshifting.
Here’s what Shawn Miller, Web Development Manager had to say, “Several of my employees have started workshifting 1-2 times per week and I’ve noticed an increase in productivity and overall engagement. They have communicated with me that they really enjoy reducing their weekly commute to work- it’s a win-win for us.”
Will you start workshifting? Tell us below if you are already workshifting or if it is something you are considering for your company
*Source: Citrix Online