Workshiting

The Occasional Workshifter

Written by on August 13, 2013 in Our Team - No comments

I don’t workshift every day, but I do work from outside of my office occasionally since Citrix products make it easy to do so. I can attend any meeting using  GoToMeeting, keep on top of any task using Podio and get all my files using ShareFile. I find that the more I workshift the better I become at it.

 Here are some things I’ve learned:

Work when you are most productive

I’m more productive right when I get up. Unlike a day where I come into the office, I don’t have to worry about hopping in the shower, a wait in line at the coffee shop or sitting at a stoplight. I get up and get right to work, checking my email and starting on any of the tasks I have for the day. Since I have two children, I’m usually up at 7 AM, and once I get them dressed and fed, I can tackle my own work. I find that I work very efficiently and have minimal distractions during the first few hours of the day. I can then take a shower in order to recharge a bit before diving into other tasks or hopping on a GoToMeeting.

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Lunch

When I was first workshifting, I often felt like I needed to be at my laptop every second of the day. I often would run to kitchen around noon, grab something and run back to my laptop. I finally realized that I needed to be taking a break during that time and getting away from work much like I do when I’m in the office. Taking 30 minutes to eat really helps me be more productive later in the day.

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Work Wherever

Since I don’t workshift every day, I don’t need a dedicated workspace in my home. While I do have a desk in my home, I tend to move around throughout the day. When I’m in the ShareFile office, I’m at my desk working all day. When workshifting, I have a wider range of choices. Sometimes I’ll work on the couch while my wife, who workshifts for her job two days a week, works at her desk. Other times, I’ll head out to my deck and work in the shade. I never feel like I lose any productivity by moving around. In fact, I feel like mixing up my workspace only increases my productivity.

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Take a break and talk to someone,­—anyone

In the office, I’ll sometimes take a break and walk down the hall to play a game of Dig Dug in our break room. I’ll also wander back to the marketing department and jump into one of the conversations happening back there. While workshifting, I don’t get the opportunity to talk to a wide range of people, but I find that taking some time to talk with whomever is home—my wife, my kids or even the cat—allowed me to get a needed break from my work and be able to dive back in and be even more productive.

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Working for a company that encourages workshifting has made me more productive and a better employee. I encourage my direct reports to workshift and have often found that they are more productive on the day they do so as well as the days following.

About the Author

Dan is currently the Sr. Manager, Online Marketing at Citrix / ShareFile. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is an avid reader and former college hockey player.