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
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
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
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
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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