I’ve been a part-time workshifter for six years. My favorite things about working from anywhere are what I save by not commuting every day, the extra family time and the ability to be productive when I feel inspired, whether it’s 9 a.m. or 9 p.m.
While I enjoy a few days at home and a few days in the office, many of my colleagues work from home full time. In research conducted for Cubefree, a new Citrix workspace finder app, creator Marta Guerra discovered that about 40 percent of full-time workshifters feel lonely and isolated while working from home. They crave a reason to get out of the house and catch the buzz of being around human beings.
Marta, who is a lead user experience designer at Citrix and a colleague of mine, conceived the idea for Cubefree after she had her first child. She was mostly working at home and missed the energy and interactions of the office.
Watch this video to learn more about how the app works:
Cubefree finds workshifter-approved workplaces
Cubefree recently went live on the Apple App Store. It not only helps remote workers locate nearby cafes, libraries and co-working spaces, but it goes one step further to display information about amenities that mobile workers need to be productive, such as fast Wi-Fi, power outlets, noise level and parking availability. And comments from other Cubefree users will let you know if a place is good or bad for working.
Never work alone again
Perhaps best of all for the lonely workshifter, it allows you to check in so you can see if other mobile workers are there, too. Offer a cup of coffee to get the conversation started with a new potential professional connection, share a table in a crowded cafe or connect with a “work buddy” who can keep an eye on your stuff if you need to step away. Gone are the days where you have to bring your laptop with you to the restroom and lose your seat.
Real, live connections
The social features can help professionals extend their networking footprint, too. Take, for example, a human resources professional seeking the next rising star; that person just may have checked in and posted a status that he or she is job hunting at the next table over.
Reap the benefits of Cubefree silently
If you just want to get out of the house and don’t want to be disturbed, you can also check in as “invisible” and still provide reviews about your favorite locations to help others in your mobile worker community.
Similar to apps like Yelp and Foursquare, user data is key. Help us build a community of workshifters like you by providing reviews of your favorite workplaces. If you know of a great workplace, but it’s not in our database, you can submit it in the app.
Thank you for your support!