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An Engineer’s Thoughts on Work/Life Balance

Several months ago I became so busy with work that I subconsciously compiled a script that auto-executed every time someone asked any question vaguely resembling, “How have you been?”.  I didn’t have time to think of a human answer, so without hesitation, the canned response “busy” would sound from my lips.

Work Life Balance2Often times we get so busy with work we become robotic, and even worse -- we forget to live.  The funny thing is, by the time we realize it, rather than making some significant change, we just keep working to distract ourselves from the uncomfortable truth.  As we strive to stay current with the evolution of technologies, certifications and the world around us, we quickly become overwhelmed, placing our wellbeing and sense of self at risk.  We have a thousand things going on at work, two thousand things to catch up on, a hundred books to read, tests to take, projects to complete, deadlines to meet, and, oh yeah, an entirely separate life to live with family and loved ones, plus housework, hobbies and so on, all with a phone screen glued to our eyes, constantly checking email and social media.  It’s quite an amazing feat to take on such a loaded life and remain happy. Read More »

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Rethinking the Mobile Workplace with BYOD

Providing the Freedom Employees Need, Without Compromises

BYOD continues to get headlines, as organizations look for ways to help users work the way they want, when and where they want—with the device they choose. Ultimately, mobility is more than BYOD. At Cisco, we believe work is a verb, not a place you go to – we provide the flexibility for our employees to work remote.

Sheila Jordan (@CiscoSheila), Cisco’s Senior Vice President of IT Collaboration, pointed out in this piece in Computerworld that cost savings are important, but the real benefits are “fostering collaboration, building employee morale, and creating an environment that is attractive to millennials.” Read More »

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Our Experiment with Facebook Polls on Consumer Devices and Social Media At Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 21, 2011 at 11:03 am PST

With so many consumer devices and tools creeping into our professional lives, our expectations as employees are changing. The result is increasing pressure on IT departments. To get a better sense for what that really means, we decided to do a quick and informal poll series on our corporate Facebook page to learn how people

  • View their companies’ IT departments when it comes to adopting consumer, social and mobile tools at work
  • Use these tools during their typical workday

How about the sample size, you might ask. Within a short amount of time, we received qualified responses from 132 to several hundreds of people, depending on the question. Here are some of the results:

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