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Last year Australia watched while ash cloud plumes from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano caused the closure of 20 airports for nearly a week across Europe causing chaotic and major economic loss. While Australian businesses watched as Europe ground to a halt, they may have done well to consider their own business continuity plans as volcanic ash […]

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The only problem with short commutes is not having one. My commute is 10 feet. I get up, wander into my office, reach down and hit the “Start Me Up” button on my desktop. I do this daily, except for Tuesday mornings. That’s the day of the week I drive 20 miles away for a […]

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In 2009 Forrester Research predicted that more than half the workforce would be teleworking by 2016: “Fueled by broadband adoption, better collaboration tools, and growing management experience, the U.S. telecommuting ranks will swell to 63 million by 2016. Those 29 million new telecommuters lined up five abreast would stretch from New York to LA! Leading […]

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I attend online meetings a lot. And it’s not just because my company makes GoToMeeting. Rather, it’s because we’ve adopted a workshifting culture where colleagues are often working at disparate locations, either at home, at a different company office or on the road (for conferences, vacations, etc.). We’ve also adopted the Agile project management methodology, […]

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In a perfect world, we would pull together a team of people, schedule a meeting, and brainstorm solutions to problems. But when you work “on your own” or “on the go,” being able to problem solve by yourself is critical. Workshifting means being able to figure out challenges without conference rooms and lots of people. […]

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Making the proverbial shift into workshifting is tough – for employers and workshifters, alike. Though gaining greater credibility, the workshifting lifestyle is still nebulous at best and completely scary at worst to most organizations considering permitting an employee to workshift or hiring a workshifter outright. This perceived dilemma can make some workshifters second guess their […]

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What is Workshifting?

Posted by on 18 June 2011

Whether you’re a new visitor or an old friend of workshifting.com, have you ever wanted something tangible about the concept of “workshifting” that you could provide to your manager or a colleague interested in workshifting? Sure, you could point people to our About page or one of the many resources that we provide on the […]

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I’ve always been an animal lover. Growing up, I had a family life full of pets; at one point when I was a kid, our house had a cat, a dog, a gerbil, a guinea pig and 6 aquariums full of fish. Old habits die hard, because today my husband and I have a dog […]

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If you’ve ever wondered how many people are really doing some form of virtual and/or online employment, well wonder no more. oDesk, a global employment platform, is sharing the data. You can check out the May 2011 report here. The report offers a tremendous amount of data, including month-over-month and year-over-year reporting. It also provides […]

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Laptop? Check. Cell phone and charger? Check. Mindset to work productively from the road during the family’s extended summer road trip? Uhhh… Preparing to take a “workation” from the road is not as simple as it may sound. Think of it as “mind over motel” – you have to find that place where your creative […]

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