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Survey of 500 working mums reveals flexible working would make biggest difference to juggling family and work

Chalfont, UK. – 19th December, 2007: A new survey published today highlights that 78% of working mums are feeling the strain of trying to balance their work and home lives in the run up to Christmas. The independent research, commissioned by Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), in conjunction with Mother@Work (, also reveals that 79% of working mums believe flexible working options would help them successfully juggle family and career over the festive period. Over half (55%) of respondents have had to use up annual leave to look after their children over the school holidays.

When asked what would make the biggest difference to helping them maintain their work-life balance, 40% of working mums stated the ability to work from home, with a further 39% wanting more flexible working hours. Cheaper or more readily available childcare was sought by 14%, with 7% stating a more understanding employer would be of most help.

On an encouraging note, the survey suggests that employers are being sympathetic to the needs of working mums, with three out of four requests to work part time and work more flexible hours being granted. In addition, almost half of employers (48%) have accommodated requests from working mums to work from home.

Denise Tyler, editor of Mother@Work, a monthly webzine dedicated to working mothers, said: “Flexible working options can go a long way to helping mums cope with the stress of balancing work and home life. Parents with children under six have a legal right to request flexible work and it is extremely encouraging to see that so many requests for part time, flexi hours and home working are being accommodated by employers.”

“Achieving a balance between work and home life is becoming increasingly important for parents. By accommodating their requests for flexible working, employers can reap the benefits of a happy, motivated workforce, which will in turn positively effect productivity and loyalty,” said Bernardo de Albergaria, Vice President, Citrix Online. “Many of our customers are already offering Citrix® GoToMyPC® to their employees, to enable them to remotely access their PC from any location and keep in touch with the office over the Christmas period,” he added.


Notes to Editors

The research was carried out among 500 working mothers, who are registered users of the Mother@Work website.

About mother@work (
mother@work is an award winning online magazine dedicated to working mothers and founded in September 2003 by Denise Tyler, a Brighton based journalist and PR consultant. It offers its readers practical advice and information to get the right balance in their working, family and personal lives.

About Citrix Online
Citrix Online, a division of Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), is a leading provider of easy-to-use, on-demand applications for remote desktop access, Web conferencing and collaboration. Its award-winning services, which are used by more than 22,000 businesses and hundreds of thousands of individual subscribers, include: Citrix® GoToMyPC for remote PC access; Citrix® GoToAssist™ for live remote support; Citrix® GoToMeeting® for online meetings; and Citrix® GoToWebinar™ for do-it-yourself Web events. Based in Santa Barbara, California, Citrix Online has offices around the world. For more information, please visit

About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader and the most trusted name in application delivery infrastructure. More than 200,000 organizations worldwide rely on Citrix to deliver any application to users anywhere with the best performance, highest security and lowest cost. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies and 98% of the Fortune Global 500, as well as hundreds of thousands of small businesses and prosumers. Citrix has approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. Annual revenue in 2006 was $1.1 billion.


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