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It is perhaps not surprising to learn that employees can struggle to work effectively during the summer, when there is the distraction of warm or even hot summer days, accompanied in many regions by high humidity that makes for uncomfortably sticky afternoons, evenings and nights. For instance, British workers are traditionally less productive during the […]

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I love England. It may not be exotic, but it’s one of my favorite countries in the world. And this year I’ve been lucky enough to spend about 3 months here on and off. Last year around this same time I did a post about workshifting while in England. I decided to shoot an update […]

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People that work for themselves know their time is valuable. If they’ve a head for business, they know precisely what an hour of their time is worth, and their monthly revenue objectives. Really good businesspeople even know how much developmental or non-revenue-generating work they can take on each month or quarter before the law of […]

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Coworking spaces are popping up all over the place these days, in rural areas as well as town and city centers. If you’re used to working at home alone, like me, you might wonder how on earth you could possibly work surrounded by people you don’t know and who have no connection with your business. […]

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I’m no neat freak, but every now and then I am compelled to do something about all the paper in my “paperless” office. Some stuff is easy to get rid of. During the great office purge of 2009, I threw out dozens of software manuals (just the fact that I had software manuals tells you […]

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Recently while I was in a hotel room in Tusayan, Arizona, the sun was coming up around 8a. The family’s asleep, internal clocks still set to Eastern Time. So was mine, but I had been online for the better part of 3 hours. As a writer, my work travels with me to wherever my laptop-in-tow […]

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President Obama, the self-titled Teleworker-in-Chief, declared at a recent workplace flexibility forum that “work is what you do, not where you do it.” It’s no wonder then that out of every possible work sector, the Federal Government takes the crown for workshifting. Although they don’t have the most remote workers, their numbers have been growing […]

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Workshifting is not always a solo act. In many cases, you work as part of a team of people who are in geographically diverse locations. And sometimes, you’re in charge of those teams. Managing people can be challenging at the best of times, but when you can’t be in the same room with them you […]

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By this point, if you are workshifting you have either earned the ability from an employer or chosen the path yourself as an independent workshifter. And, although workshifting is becoming more and more accepted and valued among traditional employers – sometimes, getting to a workshifting position is not the most difficult step on the path. […]

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Several years ago, I wrote about the role of impromptu telework after an ice storm shut down parts of North Carolina. For those caught without power, workshifting was an effective, albeit makeshift, solution to keep themselves productive when Mother Nature did her worst. Visiting Los Angeles this week with my family, I discovered first-hand how […]

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