The theme of Randstad’s Q1 2018 Workmonitor report is “working at the office during opening hours still rules, but an agile way of working is underway.” That report highlights the trends between traditional and agile work as well as working from home or an office. 38% of Canadians responding to the report state that they have an agile way of working. Work Evolution wants to increase that number.

Traditional vs. Agile (Flexible) Work

Randstad defines working in a traditional manner as everyone works at the office during opening hours. They define agile working as from multiple locations and outside standard opening hours. Their definition of agile work roughly aligns with Work Evolution’s definition of flexible work. (More details of the Work Evolution definition).

The data in the report highlights some gaps for the Canadian workforce:

  • 68% state that they work in a traditional manner
  • 40% state that the way of working is shifting from traditional to agile (flexible)
  • 38%  say that they have an agile (flexible) way of working

At Work Evolution, we provide services to organizations to support the implementation of flexible work practices for employees. We believe that flexible work options are good for employees and organizations and want the number of Canadians working flexibly to increase over time. (More details about services for organizations).

Likes and Dislikes of Agile (Flexible) Work

The Randstad report also highlights what Canadian respondents like and dislike about agile (flexible) work:

  • 81% like agile working because it allows them to maintain good work-life balance
  • 81% like agile working because it increases their productivity, creativity, and job satisfaction
  • 41% believe that agile working causes a lot of pressure on their private life as they never seem to be ‘disconnected’ from work themselves

At Work Evolution, we know that the decision about whether to work flexibly (or not) is highly personal for many professionals. There are many factors that influence the decision including finances, family,/care-giving responsibilities, and personal productivity, to name a few. Work Evolution supports professionals in their pursuit of flexible work. (More details about services for professionals).

Working from Home

The Randstad report shared information about opportunities and preferences related to work location:

  • 64% prefer to work from home or another location from time to time
  • 63% state that their employer provides them with the technological equipment that allows them to perform their job to the full extent from home or another location
  • 65% would love to work from home or another location, but in their job they don’t have the ability to do so
  • 63% prefer to to work at the office

At Work Evolution, the opportunity for remote work is only one aspect of flexibility, but it is an important one. In addition to employers providing the technological equipment to support remote work, there are other considerations such as policy, communication, health and safety. (More details about how to hire and manage flexible staff).

Source: Randstad 2018 Q1 Workmonitor Report