TORONTO,
30
October
2015
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16:32
America/New_York

Canadian businesses embrace remote working

Wayne Berger, VP, Regus Canada
 The huge cultural shift in the workplace towards flexible working continues to grow, and this latest research shows that Canadian businesses are embracing this change
Wayne Berger, VP, Regus Canada

3 out of 4 Canadian firms say senior management is more productive when they can work flexibly

New research by global workplace provider Regus reveals that more and more Canadian businesses are embracing remote working. Three out of four Canadian firms say senior management is more productive when they can work flexibly, and 63 per cent report that businesses in their sector are using flexible working as a key way to retain and attract top staff.

Not only is flexible working becoming more widely accepted, but the importance managers put on time physically spent in the office is waning, with 3 out of 4 companies shifting their focus from total office hours, to measuring an individual’s output with results-based assessment.

Key Canadian findings:

  • Canadian small businesses are much more likely to allow remote working:
    • 70% of Canadian workers at a small business (<50 employees) spend half of the work-week away from their main office, compared to just 9% of those working for a large company (250+ employees);
  • 64% already manage an individual or team remotely;
  • 2 in 3 believe senior management trusts flexible working can be productive;
  • 68% say their companies are implementing technology to help manage remote workers;
  • Over half of respondents (52%) confirm that companies like theirs are looking to increase the number of remote workers.

Yet, despite these numbers in favour of flexible working, only 42% of Canadian firms have put training in place, meaning professional knowledge in remote management is lacking, and firms are missing out on an opportunity to make their workforce more efficient and productive.

“The huge cultural shift in the workplace towards flexible working continues to grow, and this latest research shows that Canadian businesses are embracing this change,” said Wayne Berger, VP Regus Canada. “With improved productivity, better staff retention and lower operating costs at stake, implementing successful remote management processes can bring huge benefits. However, few firms are investing in training for the transition from fixed office workforce to mobile workforce, which could make the transition happen more smoothly, and make work more productive in the long run.”