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Citrix: Redesigning the Future of Work with Flexibility

Citrix: Redesigning the Future of Work with Flexibility

What can you expect when you tell a cubicle generation of workers that your company is adopting a flexible workplace redesign? Even if you don’t say the words “open office,” panic ensues.
“Where will I put my things? I won’t have my own office anymore? How will I find my team? What about germs!?”

These are the questions I received (over and over again) when I was part of the organizational change management team handling the people side of the workspace redesign of our Citrix HQ in Ft. Lauderdale, FL almost five years ago.

Today, according to our recent survey with Wakefield Research, 87% of US office professionals say a flexible work environment resulted in positive outcomes: increased morale (51%) and productivity (50%), lower turnover (35%), and stronger recruiting (34%).

After personally experiencing the benefits of flexibility day in and day out, I wholly agree. But first, let’s rewind five years to when a redesign felt like an unsurmountable challenge.

From a business perspective, the benefits of a redesign were crystal clear: increased employee autonomy, higher engagement, a productivity boost, a culture of innovation, and better bottom line results. We had the technology to securely enable flexibility, so what could stop us from achieving these results?

As a member of our Organizational Change Management team, who was dually affected by the redesign, I knew the answer: people.
Most people are naturally resistant to change. They feel vulnerable when they perceive a threat to their sense of certainty and ability to be successful. Apply this general truth to a generation that associates “workspace” with their office or cubicle, and you can imagine the challenge of implementing a flexible work environment.

Read the entire article here, Citrix: Redesigning the Future of Work with Flexibility

Via the fine folks at Citrix Systems, Inc.

Citrix Systems Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) aims to power a world where people, organizations and things are securely connected and accessible to make the extraordinary possible. Its technology makes the world’s apps and data secure and easy to access, empowering people to work anywhere and at any time. Citrix provides a complete and integrated portfolio of Workspace-as-a-Service, application delivery, virtualization, mobility, network delivery and file sharing solutions that enables IT to ensure critical systems are securely available to users via the cloud or on-premise and across any device or platform. With annual revenue in 2015 of $3.28 billion, Citrix solutions are in use by more than 400,000 organizations and over 100 million users globally. Learn more at www.citrix.com.

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