Grateful for Hybrid Work at Cisco


I can’t due to work.” What number of instances have you ever heard somebody say that, and even worse, uttered that phrase your self? I’m betting it’s been far too many instances, and it’s soul crushing whenever you miss out on one thing that has private that means to you “due to work”. At Cisco, it’s totally different.

Chris working outside with a laptop at a soccer event.

I’ve skilled a really totally different phenomenon in my 11 years at Cisco the place I’m in a position to do all of the issues which have that means to me – the volunteer actions, group occasions, and being there for my household – BECAUSE of labor. Because of the flexibleness that Cisco presents and the way they actively help volunteerism and work-life steadiness; if it’s essential to you – it’s essential to Cisco. And that makes all of the distinction to me.

So, what have I been in a position to do due to that flexibility from Cisco? I’ve 4 youngsters (ages 4-14) and I made a decision early on that I wished to take an lively function in no matter actions and occasions they have been concerned in – whether or not or not it’s faculty or sports activities or no matter else.

On the varsity aspect, I’ve chaperoned nearly each class journey my youngsters have been on – from pumpkin patches and museums to the Statue of Liberty and in a single day tenting. My private favourite is that I’ve been the “home DJ” for our native elementary faculty the previous few years, overseeing the music & emceeing for all their dances and formals all year long!

On the youth sports activities aspect, I’ve coached baseball, basketball, and soccer – mainly each sport my youngsters have completed. And with soccer, I additionally served as president of our native non-profit youth sports activities group that gives year-round soccer for tons of of boys & ladies in New Jersey. Because it’s a completely volunteer run group, as president, I used to be accountable for just about every part from financials, advertising and marketing & PR to participant/guardian points, portray discipline strains, teaching, and chairing our board conferences – which in fact ran on Webex!

You’re in all probability studying all this and questioning two issues…

1. What number of hours do you spend on these actions? I truthfully couldn’t even inform you what number of hours I’ve volunteered throughout these many actions however it’s like having a second job.

2. How do you steadiness it with work? Cisco permits me to do all this with just a few key advantages:

  • This 12 months, Cisco has given workers a whopping EIGHTY hours that we are able to use for volunteer work at nonprofits and round our group. We’re instructed – “It’s Your Time. Your Trigger. Your Ardour.” I’ve made nice use of these hours through the years – particularly for occasions & actions which might be held through the weekday or that I couldn’t do after regular work hours like chaperoning discipline journeys.

Chris and his family picking pumpkins.

  • Cisco’s Work/Life Integration. I’m certain you’ve heard individuals say the 9-5 job is useless, and it’s been changed by one thing way more balanced – one thing that works greatest (and uniquely) for every worker. I really like that I’m not confined to working throughout a selected window as a few of my best working time is after 10pm when my youngsters are in mattress. I could also be on calls with prospects and colleagues from APJC when nobody else in my home is awake or I’ll step out throughout lunch in between calls to color the strains on a soccer discipline for the video games the upcoming weekend. (Which is a good way to not solely volunteer but additionally to mentally decompress and get just a few further steps in!)

Plus, with instruments like messaging within the Webex app and asynchronous video with VidCast, we’ve got a number of collaboration choices that aren’t simply synchronous/actual time.

  • Being a distant employee. I’ve labored from house for the previous 11 years – since my first day at Cisco. Once I’m not touring (which looks like a distant reminiscence at this level!), my commute is strolling down a flight of stairs to my basement workplace. The period of time I save not having to commute provides up quick – and people are hours that I take advantage of way more productively (like spending time with my household) than sitting in horrendous New Jersey site visitors!

 That is one motive we’re seeing such an incredible rise in hybrid work. Many employees who left the workplace and at last received to expertise this flexibility over the previous 12 months and half fell in love with it, and so they’re not keen to provide it up and return to the workplace.

  • Help from my administration chain. Having the insurance policies is one factor. Having administration that actively helps these insurance policies is one other. I’ve had an incredible expertise at Cisco the place my administration chain has absolutely supported me in my varied volunteer areas. There’s a motive Cisco is at all times on the high of the Finest Locations to Work surveys – and it’s not simply due to our insurance policies; it’s as a result of our individuals up and down the hierarchy stay and breathe our tradition of flexibility.

It takes A LOT of time and dedication to volunteer this a lot and be this concerned. ALL these actions are essential to me and supply me with a deep sense of success in life. However NONE of this might have been attainable with out the flexibleness and help from Cisco. It’s what makes me proud and grateful that Cisco has not solely led in know-how however focuses on their individuals and leads in work/life steadiness, flexibility, and distant/hybrid work.


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