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Canadian Employers Aren’t Listening

Published: June 27, 2016

There have been many studies and surveys conducted in the last decade that show how beneficial flexible working is.  A major survey by Randstad Canada shows that almost 50 per cent of employees are not satisfied with their existing work schedule and at least 65 per cent would like the option to work remotely, when needed.

Canada ranks 10th among 25 countries surveyed in their level of happiness with current work arrangements. The work environment in Canada, like workplaces globally, is changing rapidly,” said Marc-Étienne Julien, CEO of Randstad Canada. “Employers looking to remain attractive in the eyes of today’s workforce need to evolve, align with changing attitudes and offer flexible workplace solutions that work for the business and its employees.”

The results show that like other countries worldwide, Canadians are expecting some more work flexibility from their employers. The surprising factor in the results was the age groups that most preferred the ability to work remotely was not in the 18-44 age range, but it was 45-65, proving that even the older generation is seeing the appeal of working flexibility.

Are Canadian employers going to change?

MaryAnn Mihychuk, the Minister of employment, Workforce Development and Labour launched a consultation mid-May to bring the right to request Flexible Work Arrangements (Flex Work) to Canada.  In the UK, this has been long implemented and referred to as Flex Time.  The results from the UK show that by adapting Flex Time in the workplace they have a higher employee retention rate and it is easier to attract top talent.   By supporting their workers, their business results are increasing.

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