TORONTO,
04
March
2015
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20:43
America/New_York

The Changing Work Landscape

“Flexibility is becoming a key demand, especially as younger ‘millennial’ workers enter the workforce,” said Wayne Berger, VP Regus Canada. “We’re moving towards a results-based work culture, which has less interest in how and where work is accomplished so long as it is being completed. The flexible nature of this new working style requires an equally flexible take on location with third-party, professional locations providing a cost-effective solution to changing needs.”
Wayne Berger, VP, Regus Canada

Fewer workers are doing the 9-to-5 grind

The working landscape is changing globally. According to a recent report by Regus surveying 22,000 business people across more than 100 countries, including 715 Canadians, there are fewer full-time Canadian workers doing the 9-to-5 grind.

Over the past five years, Canadians have seen a rise in the remote worker (76%), self-employed (70%) and freelancers (54%). The report investigated further into the possible causes of the growing rate of freelancers and 65% highlighted a growing trend for more outsourcing which may be seen as driving an increase in freelance and contract work.

The nature of these people’s work style is changing worldwide and often people are no longer bound to a single main office from 9-to-5. 54% of Canadian respondents say working regular hours are not suited to getting work done and only 37% believe it’s the most productive time to get work done.

So, when is the most productive time to work according to the report?

  • 51% say early morning
  • 37% during regular 9-5
  • 10% late evening
  • 2% at night

To determine what makes the 9-to-5 unproductive, Regus investigated interruptions throughout the workday. The biggest complaint – lengthy meetings, followed by getting stuck in traffic jams while commuting to the office.

  • Lengthy meetings (56%)
  • Traffic Jams (49%)
  • IT Glitches (35%)
  • Conference Calls (24%)

“Flexibility is becoming a key demand, especially as younger ‘millennial’ workers enter the workforce,” said Wayne Berger, VP Regus Canada. “We’re moving towards a results-based work culture, which has less interest in how and where work is accomplished so long as it is being completed. The flexible nature of this new working style requires an equally flexible take on location with third-party, professional locations providing a cost-effective solution to changing needs.”

The high proportion of today’s global business people reporting the pattern is a clear indication that work habits are shifting, with both employers and employees seeking more flexible ways of operating.

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About:

Regus is the global workplace provider.

Its network of more than 2,000 business centres in 104 countries provides convenient, high-quality, fully serviced spaces for people to work, whether for a few minutes or a few years. Companies like Google, Toshiba and GlaxoSmithKline choose Regus so that they can work flexibly and make their businesses more successful.

The key to flexible working is convenience and so Regus is opening wherever its 1.5million members want support - city centres, suburban districts, shopping centres and retail outlets, railway stations, motorway service stations and even community centres.

Founded in Brussels, Belgium, in 1989, Regus is based in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, please visit: www.regus.com