Canadians Challenged to Think Outside the Cubicle on June 1st

Workopolis Champions an Unofficial National Work from Home Day

TORONTO, April 19 /CNW/ - Discussion about a National Work from Home Day began at the federal level of government last fall when Workopolis first brought the issue into the spotlight. Fast forward five months and now over 65,000 Canadians have pledged their support for the campaign. While politicians have other more pressing matters to attend to, Canadian employees and employers alike are being encouraged to adopt June 1st as an official Work from Home Day.

According to a recent report from the Telework Research Network eight in ten Canadians said they would work from home if they could and the latest Statistics Canada data shows that 1.4 million employees in this country already work at home at least part of the time.

"Working from home is already embedded into our modern corporate DNA," says Gabriel Bouchard, President of Workopolis. "With secure technology, trust and clear policies in place it's never been easier for Canadians to work remotely. We are simply encouraging Canadians from coast to coast to demonstrate the increased productivity, decreased environmental strain and strengthened quality of life that is associated with working from home.  With their support we can keep working towards making a National Work from Home Day a reality in Canada."

For these reasons and more, Workopolis is rallying Canadians to support the campaign for a National Work from Home Day to emulate the Work Wise Week (May 16-20) which was established in the U.K. and sees an average 5.8 million people telecommute on their designated day.

Tips for maximizing productivity for Canadians working from home on June 1st:

  • Establish a schedule. Keep work hours similar to the ones you would keep if you were working at your office. Your manager and your co-workers appreciate knowing when you are available.
  • Keep the lines of communication clear. Provide your manager and colleagues with the best telephone number to reach you. You may also consider using call forwarding to your home or cell phone so that you receive incoming calls wherever you're working.
  • Limit distractions. Be careful not to replace office-based interruptions with home-based ones (such as children, neighbors and friends).
  • Plan ahead. Take the appropriate work home with you and determine if you will be able to log on to your network remotely. You may also need to inquire whether confidential material can be taken off site (in paper or electronic form).
  • Set up a dedicated workspace. Ensure that your workspace is well-lit and comfortable and that you have everything you need to be efficient.
  • Maintain a professional attitude. If you have frequent client interactions, be careful to answer the phone or respond to their emails in a professional way. Wearing something other than pajamas will help put you in the right frame of mind and help keep you productive.

Supporters can visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/workopolis or join the conversation on Twitter by following @workopolis

The whitepaper which includes information on the Work from Home Day campaign is available at www.workshiftcalgary.com

About Workopolis

Workopolis provides Canadian employers and candidates with unrivalled 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 fit online. 

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 Canada.

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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