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The Workshifting Fitness Routine

Posted by on 29 December 2009

Ah the holidays. Time for family, for food and giving and a few days off to relax, unwind and send people to your out-of-office auto replies. It’s also a time when many people travel and have to adjust to a changing schedule for workshifting, fitness and eating. My Christmas weekend was no different. Over in […]

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Territorial Expansion for the Helpdesk

Posted by on 28 December 2009

Today we have a guest post from Sean Ryan.  Sean is a research analyst with IDC focused on mobile enterprise software. Things get a bit tricky when it comes to helpdesk support for mobile and remote workers. Organizations don’t typically have their own Geek Squad to race out to employee homes and resolve computer issues. […]

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Is Workshifting the Demise of Society?

Posted by on 24 December 2009

Does workshifting spell the demise of society as we know it? Are virtual companies an invitation to sweatshops and child labor violations? Will the rise in outsourcing, freelancing, and cloud labor lead to dirty bombs and political repression? Will the pay-per-click mentality become the basis for all human interaction? No, I haven’t been drinking the […]

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When I was younger, my family moved around a lot. By the time I was 16, we had lived in 10 different cities around Germany and England. This meant new schools, new friends, new houses, new customs – you get the idea. For me, what made these transitions easier were the things that remained constant. […]

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Recently, I’ve spent some time hanging out at a couple of our clients’ offices and I realized something.  Workshifting is not only beneficial for the worker, but also for the organization.  Working in a traditional office setting definitely has some inherent benefits, including centralization and camaraderie.  However, it also has what I believe are elemental […]

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Christmas and Workshifting

Posted by on 18 December 2009

Ok, that title may alienate a few folks, but sometimes instead of “holiday”, I just want to say Christmas!  Ok, I feel better. As Christmas gets near I need to mentally prepare for in-laws, distant cousins, intoxicated relatives, long drives, delayed planes and a lot of general pain associated with getting to loved ones.  Once […]

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As someone who’s been workshifting for more than 15 years, and also as someone who during that time has managed workshifters for a number of organizations, I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to successfully supporting remote employees. Here, a few suggestions and observations from the trenches: Workshifting isn’t for […]

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A Few Updates Around Here

Posted by on 13 December 2009

You may have begun noticing a few changes around here over the past couple weeks.  But, in case you hadn’t noticed the changes, or you only check us out through an RSS reader, I thought I’d take a few minutes to point out the updates we’ve been making. Removal of Ad Blocks We made a […]

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This past summer, Melissa and I were gone on a Workshifting Road Trip across Europe.  We were gone for sixty days.  During that time, we had more staff miscommunication and misunderstanding than we had in the previous 10 months combined.  Shortly after, I realized why.  No matter how well we use technology to connect and […]

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5 Mental Workshifting Triggers

Posted by on 9 December 2009

Many cubicle employees dream of being able to work from home, either for their current employer or through stretching out on their own as an entrepreneur – living the dream! In my own quest and through talking with other home bound warriors I have been thinking about some mental and psychological triggers and how that […]

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