I have worked for Citrix ShareFile as a remote employee for a little over a year. Initially, it took me some time to adjust to my new working environment. Although I had previous workshifting experience, my co-workers had never been in a separate location. As I’ve adjusted to workshifting, I’ve come to understand myself better as an employee and am continually learning how my environment affects creativity and productivity. Here are a few of the lessons I’ve picked up along the way.
Working from home introduced me to a new set of variables. While I am no longer sidetracked by conversations with those sitting around me, my distractions now largely consist of clutter, dirty dishes and laundry (and perhaps loving on my p
With Citrix being a sponsor of Telework Week, taking place this week March 4-8, we took the opportunity to sit down with Jesse Lipson, ShareFile Founder and VP and GM of Data Sharing at Citrix, to discuss his view on teleworking and the ever evolving work space.
As someone who has two start-ups under his belt and is leading a business at Citrix, how do you feel about the adoption of teleworking?
I feel like enabling teleworking in your business is very practical when trying to attract top talent to your company. Teleworking does not just encompass working from home, but also includes working away from the main hub, in satellite offices. Whether an employee is working from the main office, satellite offices or from home, I don’t want location to ever hinder me from bringing on a great employee. This is one of the reasons why Citrix has offices all over the world, to bring talent in from all over the world.
As you know, we’ve just begun a new year, and with the new year come new resolutions. One of the top resolutions many people make is to begin a new job or career. If your resolution is to work for an exciting, growing company in 2013, we’ve got great news—Citrix ShareFile is hiring!
You may be wondering what makes Citrix ShareFile such a great place to work. The reasons are numerous, but here are the top five why you should consider joining our rapidly growing team:
New office space. Since Citrix is creating 337 new jobs in Raleigh in the coming years, there needs to be a place to house all of the new employees! The new 130,000-square-foot facility will be located in the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh and will include amenities to inspire creativity and healthy lifestyles, such as a yoga studio, indoor/outdoor dining and a rooftop garden.
With the holiday season upon us, work often competes with a variety of other activities. Time spent in the office means less time for family or participating in holiday activities. Work can also easily be pushed aside in the office due to a more relaxed atmosphere, making it difficult to actually complete important tasks. The good news is that the juggling act between work and play doesn’t have to keep you from getting in the holiday spirit.
Instead of worrying about how to get work done during the extra hustle and bustle of the holidays, why not simply step away from the office this season. Workshifting (i.e. working remotely) gives you the flexibility to do the work you need to do, when you need to do it – even if it’s en route to a family gathering, or in between playing with the kids on their holiday vacation.
Are you one of those folks who goes into work when you’re sick? Do you drag yourself into the office when you’re shivering with a 100 degree fever in hopes of impressing your boss with your noble dedication? Well you’re not alone. According to a study done by Queen’s University in Ontario*, 83% of Americans will go to work while they’re sick. But don’t pat yourself on the back for your devotion yet because you’re actually doing more harm than good.
Here are 5 reasons why you shouldn’t come into work when you’re sick:It costs companies a lot of money. Employers lose twice as much in productivity for employees who come in to work sick. According to the study referenced earlier, it can cost somewhere between $25 billion to $40 billion in direct and indirect costs.
Workshifting, which is essentially working from anywhere, at any time, on any device, has become a popular trend in recent years, particularly for parents. No matter what industry you work in, getting things done does not always require confining yourself to the traditional office or cubicle. Because we are now more connected than ever through our mobile devices, employees have the ability to work from home, the coffee shop, or even their kid’s soccer game.
A recent study shows that over 80 percent of employees say they maintain a better work-life balance by telecommuting.* Parents, especially, need to have flexibility in their work schedule if they want to be truly present in their children’s lives. School events and extracurricular activities often take place during business hours, and many parents miss out on these pivotal moments because they work in a traditional office setting.
A couple of weeks ago, Jennifer wrote a blog on workshifting, which is the ability to work from anywhere, anytime, on any device. Let’s face it – people are busy in both their work and personal life. Because of this, both ShareFile and Citrix have worked diligently to create products that enable workers to complete their assignments from virtually anywhere imaginable. Our Marketing team has recently implemented workshifting into our routine, and the benefits have proven endless – flexible schedules and increased productivity, and in turn, more engaged employees.
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.