In 2009, Citrix, the creator of online productivity products GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and others, coined the term workshifting.
Workshifting means working anywhere in the world, at any time, using the technology at your fingertips. You are never constrained by cubicle walls or a formal office.
Citrix started a blog called Workshifting.com that gives practical advice, reviews products, and discusses all information surrounding how to successfully live and work in this manner. I’m now a contributor and always look forward to new posts when they are published.
This term started out as nothing more than a marketing initiative by Citrix, but has grown into a business movement. It is now about a lifestyle and an approach to business. Smart employees want to work this way, and savvy entrepreneurs realize it is a better way to get their company not only going but thriving.
Not all jobs can be done in this way. It is rather hard to cook a perfect sausage pizza, walk your client’s dog, or build a house from anywhere other than right where you need to be. But, even a few years ago, could you have imagined a doctor performing surgery, a ballet instructor teaching a class, or pilots conducting air strikes from remote locations? All of those are now a reality, and as the technology gets more powerful, so will the variety of jobs that can be done remotely.
This is the ultimate balance between life and work, and if your job cannot be done remotely, perhaps there are tasks ...