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Canadian Mobile Workforce Under the Microscope

Posted by Caroline Le Brun | February 7, 2014 8:00 AM

Canadians want flexible hours and more access to new technologies

Today, the workplace is in constant evolution – it keeps getting more connected, more mobile, and more flexible. These changes have an impact on the way Canadian employees want to work in terms of:

  • Telecommuting
  • Access to new technologies
  • Flexible hours

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According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Décima on workplace connectivity and technology use (available in Slideshare), these changes have become so significant in Canada that:

  • 33% of Canadians would give up a portion of their salary, vacation days, and employee benefits to have an opportunity to work remotely
  • 59 % of Canadians said that flexible working hours and telecommuting would be the principal priorities in seeking their next job

However, many Canadians find that in-person interactions make their work life much more enjoyable and productive. They want to preserve this degree of personalized communication even as they gain access to new technologies. Notably: 

  • 47% of Canadians agree that the access to new technology would improve their work life
  • 70% of baby-boomers and 66% of Gen Y also think that it is a priority
  • 76% of Canadians find that workplace collaboration and exchanges benefit productivity

The BYOD factor

Opinion is divided when it comes to personal device for use in professional projects. The use of new technologies in the employee lifecycle plays a decisive role in their motivation and commitment. The BYOD trend situates technology in the workplace as a bridge between professional and private life:

  • 23% of Canadians use two smartphones because corporate governance policies restrict the use of personal devices on corporate servers
  • 54% of Canadians have one smartphone for business and another for private use to observe policy and security measures established by the company

More transparency and mobility in the workplace

Many wonder if PC use is still relevant in the mobile era. After all, the mobile workforce is more comfortable with mobile equipment and services. However, landline hardware remains less expensive and more manageable. That’s why just nearly half of Canadians questioned (45%) still use hardwired computers and wireline telephones (10%) in the office.

But in the minds of Canadian employees, mobile devices should be the main tools of the future in the workplace: 

  • 40% of Canadians would rather use laptops
  • 15% prefer tablets
  • 10% gravitate toward smartphones

In the future, companies should adapt their policy for device- and employee-mobility as a means of satisfying their workforce, securing productivity, and achieving work-life balance. The possibility of switching between devices and different physical locations is a possibility in many companies; demand for this feature will increase as greater numbers of employees adopt a mobile work philosophy. Ultimately, more transparent and flexible workplaces will preserve employee and customer loyalty.

Cimpl can help Canadian companies answer their employees’ needs while keeping control of assets. Need help figuring out how to manage workforce in a mobile environment? Want to know how to manage the employee lifecycle? You can do all of this simply by using our all-in-one solution that allows you to manage your employees’ total costs by tracking their expenses, their use, and their usage quotas. With Cimpl,  IT and telecom expense management is now made simple.

For more information, please contact Cimpl here or click below!


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Topics: Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), Mobile Devices, Asset Lifecycle

Written by Caroline Le Brun

Having worked in marketing for 16 years, Caroline has significantly improved Cimpl’s online presence and industry recognition as Marketing Director. Working closely with analysts and highly focused on keeping up with IT industry trends, she is most knowledgeable in the realm of technology and IT expense management best practices. As a passionate, driven marketer, she works side by side with her marketing team to bring Cimpl beyond its greatest achievements.

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