Why Parents Should Consider Workshifting

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.

I recently spoke to Jennifer Roche, Recruiting Coordinator at Citrix and a parent of two young daughters.  She provided some valuable insight on how workshifting has benefited her not only as a Citrix employee, but as a parent as well: “Being able to workshift has benefited me in a number of ways.  As a parent, I feel more present and available when there are preschool events, or when my children get sick.  As an employee, I feel a sense of empowerment and ownership of my duties and responsibilities even more now that I have the freedom and ability to prioritize myself from any location. Citrix has given me plenty of amazing tools to be able to do what I need to do from virtually anywhere I am. ”

All parents can agree that there are times when they absolutely need to be there for their children – whether due to an illness, event, or just to spend quality time together.  If you are a parent and are considering implementing workshifting into your routine, check out how some of the Citrix products can assist you.

Do you benefit from workshifting? Comment and tell us about it!

*Source: Workshifting.com

About the Author

I’ve been working for Citrix since 2001 in several different roles. In my current role I am responsible for generating demand for all Services business (Support, Consulting, Education) units in Citrix. This involves – Developing inbound and outbound marketing/content marketing programs – Measuring success of each demand marketing campaign to ensure intended results are achieved – Adjusting campaigns as needed and support innovative approaches to initiate new demand marketing campaigns and programs to achieve goals. – Interacting with all functional areas to coordinate any requirements/support for campaign planning and execution.   In my previous role I managed a team of Content Strategists, Technical Editors and Online Social Media & Technical Community Specialists based in multiple geographic locations. In the last few years I started some innovation projects around knowledge sharing, for instance a series of online technical videos – http://community.citrix.com/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=99418516 I am used to lead the Social Media initiative for Citrix Support WW.   I setup and managed their social media channels – Twitter (http://twitter.com/citrixsupport) and (http://twitter.com/citrixreadiness) – Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/citrixsupport) – Blogs (http://community.citrix.com/blogs/citrite/davidmcg) – LinkedIn group (http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3139565&trk=hb_side_g)

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