In the past, workshifting has been associated with consultants and people running their own small companies. Independent of a bosses' scrutiny, these individuals were free to create schedules that worked for them, while still getting all their work done. These days workshifting is becoming popular in the corporate world thanks to increasing use of smartphones and other mobile technology.
The advent of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and PYOD (Pick Your Own Device) with Smartphones, laptops, iPads and tablets enables employees the flexibility to work anytime from anywhere and communicate in any time zone. According to a recent survey by iPass, a global network provider company, workshifting is changing the work habits of people around the world.
Of the 1,100 people surveyed by iPass:
- 38% regularly work in the morning before their commute
- 25% work during their commute
- 22% work on the way home every day
- 33% continue work when they get home
- 26% work after dinner
- 19% work after putting their children to bed
- Nearly half (49%) admit that when they can’t sleep, they sometimes work in the middle of the night.
In addition, a white paper commissioned by the cloud provider company Citrix states that 91% of organizations plan to have implemented desktop virtualization by the end of 2013 to accommodate workshifting.
Due to the benefits of workshifting—increased productivity, retention of top talent and improved customer service—the vast majority of organizations surveyed in the Citrix study (93%) intend to provide a flexible work environment by the end of 2013.