It's Time for a National Work From Home Day: MP
Workopolis Campaign Confirms that Canadians Crave More Home "Work"
Toronto (ON), November 24, 2010 - Over 50,000
Canadians have pledged their support for a National Work From Home Day
and today their voices will be heard by Parliament when Liberal MP and
Human Resources and Skills Development Critic Mike Savage champions the
idea in the House of Commons.
"Fifty thousand Canadians have spoken up in support of a National
Work From Home Day and today the government will hear them," said
Gabriel Bouchard, President and Chief Brand Officer of Workopolis.
"We're thrilled that Mike Savage, one of Parliament's hardest working
MPs, is helping Workopolis champion this initiative to help employers
create the type of flexible, highly productive workplaces that can
deliver many benefits. "
Going Green by Working from Home
According to a recent poll for Workopolis, four in ten (39 per cent)
Canadians said the most important benefit associated with working from
home would be a reduction in traffic congestion and pollution. In
lockstep with this goal, Workopolis will make a $10,000 donation to
WWF-Canada to support the organization's many initiatives aimed at
greening the workplace, such as the Living Planet @ Work campaign.
"As a nation we need to rethink the world of work and the option to
work from home should be part of that national discussion," said Mike
Savage, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth-Cole Harbor. "It's good for
the environment and work-life balance, and will improve our nation's
productivity, which adds to greater business success. I applaud
Workopolis for their efforts to spearhead this initiative and urge the
government to listen to the thousands of Canadians who support a
National Work From Home Day. This is part of the new reality of work.
Canadian Workers Willing to Make Sacrifices for Option to Work from Home
While the onus is on the employer to ensure that secure technology and
clear policies are in place, workers have made it very clear that
they're willing to go the extra mile to be able to work from home. The
Harris/ Decima poll commissioned by Workopolis reveals:
- Half (51 per cent) of Canadians said they would be willing to use
their own resources, such as their own personal computer, to work from
- More than a quarter (28 per cent) indicated they would work longer
hours, and two in ten (19 per cent) even said they would take a pay cut
to be able to work from home.
- Sixteen per cent of workers would give up vacation days to take
advantage of the added flexibility a work from home day would provide.
A Win-Win for Employees and Employers
- Better health: greater work-life balance and lower stress are strong selling points for working from home.
- Zero commute: the home worker can transition from down time to
work time in seconds and accommodate typical family responsibilities
with little or no impact on the working day.
- Reduced costs for business: employers stand to gain from a lower employee turnover rate and greater productivity.
- Recruitment and retention: offering a work from home option is
also seen as a perk by many employees and can help an organization
attract and retain top talent.
"With a looming labour shortage it is becoming increasingly
important for employers to set themselves apart to attract the right
talent," said Bouchard. "New concepts such as offering staff the
option to work from home allow employers to demonstrate their respect
for work-life balance - something more and more candidates have told us
they are looking for in new career opportunities. "
Research commissioned by Workopolis earlier this year found that good
work-life balance was the top attribute workers are now seeking in a
job opportunity, with over three-quarters (78 per cent) citing this as
their top choice.
The City of Ottawa Takes the Lead
The Mayor of Ottawa, proclaimed Wednesday, November 24, 2010 as a
Telework Day in the City of Ottawa and encouraged employees working in
Canada's capital to work from home, where feasible, on this day to
demonstrate support for an annual National Work From Home Day. The
Proclamation is on the heels of the motion put forward by Councillor
Maria McRae, and approved by Ottawa City Council on August 25, 2010
directing city staff to proceed with telework implementation where
The Evolution of a Work From Home Day
The idea for a National Work From Home Day came to life when a blog
article was posted on the Workopolis site discussing the notion of
working from home and its benefits. A Workopolis home page poll
followed, asking visitors if they would support a Work From Home Day in
Canada. Over 20,000 votes were recorded with more than 80 per cent of
Canadians voicing their support for the movement. A National Work From Home Day would follow on the heels of Work Wise Week which was established in the UK in 2005 and sees an average 5.8 million people telecommute on their designated day.
The following organizations have pledged their support for the
campaign: The Canadian Telework Association; WorkShift Calgary; a
regional initiative to promote, educate and accelerate the adoption of
telecommuting in the business community; and Work Life Harmony; an
organization dedicated to creating supportive work environments, strong
families and healthy communities by facilitating work-life balance.
Visit www.facebook.com/Workopolis today to learn more or to join the movement.
Workopolis provides Canadian employers and candidates with unrivaled
access to one another by combining unique employer branding tools with
the largest pool of candidate resumes on the Internet. Through the
reach and scope of www.workopolis.com,
extended by exclusive partnerships and community sites including social
networking and mobile applications, Workopolis allows employers to
engage with qualified candidates, allowing both parties to best assess
Canadian owned and operated, Workopolis has grown to 200 staff
members across Canada since 2000. Workopolis is in an equal partnership
with Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Square Victoria Digital
Properties Inc. , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Power Corporation of
Workopolis was chosen as the first organization to be given the Best
Emerging Organization distinction as part of Canada's 10 Most Admired
Corporate Cultures program and was a recipient of the 2010 50 Most
Engaged Workplaces award.
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