Jude is now just over 2 weeks old and it’s in these last 2 weeks that I’ve realised how lucky I am not only to be working for a company that allows me to be flexible in my work/life balance but also in the technology we have available to us. The technology that we have engineered!
I decided to take just one week of paternity leave followed by my manager allowing me to work from home as needed so that I could provide continuous support to mum and baby. As most parents will already know, newborns do not sleep to defined routines and in our case he has his days and nights mixed up. The flexibility I have been able to take advantage of because of the technologies that Citrix has, has allowed me to adapt my day and sleeping pattern to both be a good parent but at the same time continue to effectively get my job done – both very important to me.
While writing this I re-watched the “work and play from anywhere” video (http://ourstory.citrix.com/) and realised that I’m actually part of this story. This isn’t just a marketing video, this is real! If you haven’t already seen this, please do take a look and you’ll see how it relates to the way we’re able to work. At Citrix we evangelise the concept of Workshifting (http://www.citrix.com/solutions/workshifting/overview.html) and that is exactly what I’ve been able to do.
In my role as a CloudGateway (the Citrix enterprise mobility solution) Release Manager I work with various product teams across multiple geographies that make up our solution. Communication is imperative but this doesn’t necessarily mean being stuck in an office.
I started with just a few minutes here and there on the sofa catching up on email using the @WorkMail app delivered by our internal app store on my Nexus 7 tablet. I was then able to utilise Citrix Receiver on my MacBook Air for all my business apps, including Podio and GoToMeeting HDFaces for collaboration and virtual meetings. I have all the technology available to me to make anywhere my office.
While being a father has certainly changed my life, thus far I’ve been able to successfully adapt; partly thanks to us!