Because I am not a fully independent workshifter (I report in to a “Corporate Office” as a contract employee), I mingle with 100 percent traditional workers who do not share the same privileges I do. And, as much as I enjoy and cherish my workshifting freedoms, I often feel latent pressure to explain and justify my flexible schedule. Although the other employees have yet to work remotely, I began wondering if they could function as well as I do if they, too, could workshift.
There are certain non-negotiable attributes that every effective workshifter needs. To workshift well, you must be able to:
- Use a results-driven approach.
- Manage your time and tasks while minimizing distractions.
- Juggle deadlines without missing one.
- Remotely balance resources, stakeholders and employees alike.
- Appreciate and willingly adopt technology which that furthers your goals.
- Know how and when to say NO to interruptions.
- Work independently.
- Ignore the clock when it’s time to focus.
- Communicate frequently via statuses, advice, input and results.
- Know when to workshift and when to show up in person.
What qualities do you think exceptional workshifters must possess?
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