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New Report: A “Work Anywhere” Workplace Is What Canadian Employees Are Excited About
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New Report: A “Work Anywhere” Workplace Is What Canadian Employees Are Excited About 

Sixty one per cent of Canadians prefer a hybrid or remote work model, according to a recent report from Accenture.

A research report entitled, “The Future of Work: Productive Anywhere,” that encompassed 9,326 workers from 11 countries reveals that 37 per cent of workers in Canada feel they can remain productive and healthy while working remotely, while another 41 per cent feel they can have productivity and remain healthy from working anywhere. That includes fully remote, onsite or a combination of the two ─ as the hybrid workplace evolves.

Internationally, the 85 per cent who say they plan to stay long term at their workplace, are also those who say there are able to remain productive and healthy anywhere. However, the challenge arises in finding a hybrid model that works for all generations. A whopping 74 per cent of Gen Zers want more face-to-face collaborations with colleagues, which is higher than Gen Xers at 66 per cent and Baby Boomers at 68 per cent.

Shockingly, while global research found 42 per cent of people thriving, only a mere 26 per cent of Canadians were identified as thriving. This showcases less optimism and more fatigue in their workforces than that of their international peers. Consequently, 28 per cent of Canadians feel their companies are meeting their emotional health expectations (compared to 36 per cent globally), and only 26 per cent say their companies are meeting their physical health expectations (compared to 34 per cent globally).

“Canadians have adapted and have quickly become the ‘productive, anywhere’ worker,” said Janet Krstevski, managing director and Canada Talent & Organization/Human Potential practice lead at Accenture. “However, the state of Canadians’ mental health is concerning and as responsible leaders, we need to advance the future of work dialogue to be not just about location, but to also address what drives the productivity, health, and resilience of Canadian workers.”

Surprisingly, the report uncovered what differentiates those Canadian workers who are productive, no matter their whereabouts, from those who are disconnected and frustrated, is not the factor of stress, but having the right resources on an individual level as well as an organizational level to help them be productive anywhere. These resources have a variety of ranges including, job autonomy, positive mental health, supportive leadership, and a digitally mature organization.

Furthermore, organizations that encourage a workforce to be more productive and healthier from anywhere, reap the financial benefits. The findings show 56 per cent of high revenue growth companies in Canada have already enabled productivity anywhere workforce models.

“People who have the option to work in a hybrid model are better able to manage mental health challenges, have stronger work relationships, and plan to stay with their companies a long time,” added Krstevski. “As future of work discussions continue to be top of mind for businesses, understanding how leaders can maximize people’s potential regardless of their location is imperative.”

As various options for the workforce are taken under consideration, many organizations must still move beyond a focus on physical location and set their sights on shaping a future of work that provides their employees with the resources they need to be productive anywhere. Accenture recommends these specific actions for organizations:

· Increasing Modern HR – With the world in a constant state of change, HR policies and practices must evolve. Develop a strategy that will ensures workers are Net Better Off ─ across six workplace dimensions including relational, physical, emotional and mental —as they transition to new workplaces, teams, and positions.

· Designing work around people – Organizations must acknowledge and accommodate the needs of all workers. Organizations foster trust when they support psychological and physical safety.

· Building digital fluency – Digitally fluent organizations have greater revenue growth and are more often considered great places to work. Focus on tailored skilling and learning paths that contribute to the needs of all workforce segments.

· Leading with humanity – Responsible leaders create workspaces in which the Modern Board, CEO, and entire C-suite work together — no matter their whereabouts.

To learn more about this report, visit: 

https://www.accenture.com/us-en/insights/consulting/future-work.

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