What Do Canadians Want In Their Ideal Workplace?

Smart technology, smart look and smart commute


TORONTO, November 10, 2014 – What do Canadians look for in their ideal workplace? According to the latest poll by Regus, the majority of Canadian professionals (84%) simply want fast and reliable IT services. The survey, which canvassed the opinions of over 22,000 respondents in 100 countries, also found that respondents value a workplace that looks ‘smart’ (58%) and has professional front desk management (54%). First impressions are still very important.

In addition to reliable IT and a professional appearance, a fifth of Canadian professionals (20%) want to reduce their commute to improve work-life balance by working closer to home. Interestingly, respondents say prestigious locations or up-and-coming areas are less attractive than useful locations with services nearby such as parking lots, public transport, and restaurants and shops.

  • Only 15% want to be in a prestigious location; and 13% want to be in an ‘up-and-coming’ neighbourhood;
  • While 44% of respondents want to work from an office with a car parking lot; and 39% want close proximity to public transportation;
  • 18% want to be close to shops and restaurants.

“According to our global survey, workers around the world agree that the key feature of the ideal work environment is highly functional IT and a professional appearance,” said Craig Townsend, Director of Marketing and Partnerships, Regus Canada. “Employees want to be productive and connected at all times, and they a printer that works! A smart, safe and professional environment in a useful location that gives them access to parking spaces or public transportation is also key.”

Other interesting results:

  • 68% highlight the importance of the safety of their belongings;
  • 16% want to be close to other firms in their industry with only 4% want to be close to other business that are a similar size
  • Only 4% say they want to be close to the nursery or school

With 64 workplaces across Canada, Regus gives Canadian professionals the flexible to work how they want and when they want depending on their preferences, from an ideal and professional workplace.

The full Ideal Workplace Environment Report can be found here:





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 1.8 million 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: