Findings from Randstad’s latest Global Workmonitor, surveying employees in 29 countries around the world, reveal Canadian employees have mixed feelings when it comes to working from home in 2012. Survey results indicate 31% of Canadians say they expect to work more from home in 2012, while 36% say they expect to work less.
Worldwide, nearly one third of employees indicate they expect to be working from home more in 2012. This is especially the case in India (62%) and Mexico (63%). But the worldwide responses also report that roughly 40% of employees across the globe expect to be working from home less in 2012. Especially in China where 74 per cent of employees say they expect to work from home less than they did in 2011.
The absence of a sharp upward or downward trend is similar to recent data from Statistics Canada’s Working at home: An update: “The number of employees working at home in 2008 was 1,748,600, compared with 1,425,700 in 2000. Despite this increase, the proportion of employees working at home remained relatively stable during the 2000s. While there is an upward trend, the increase is small and the pace moderate”.
So why aren’t there more employees working from home?
Jan Hein Bax, President of Randstad Canada explains that home working doesn’t suit all jobs or sectors. “There many forward-thinking organizations who welcome teleworking, but there are some sectors where teleworking is impossible – retailers, construction workers, manufacturers – there are certain roles where people must be at the workplace.”
According to Bax, working from home can be a suitable arrangement for a number of employees and employers. “Through our own research and studies, we have found that having a good work life-balance is a key factor for Canadians when looking for an employer. But flexibility can mean more than just allowing employees access to work from home, it can be better access to wireless networks for commuters, flexible working schedules, or daycare facilities in the workplace. Those are just a few of the alternatives that also help workers get achieve more flexibility.”
“As the workforce continues to shrink, it’s important for businesses to find creative ways to leverage the skills of talented, productive employees,” says Bax. “Assessing how to best adapt to the ever-evolving needs of Canadian employees will be a critical task for employers looking to attract and retain the best talent.”