More Canadian Women given the flexibility to Work Part Time

According to Randstad Canada's latest global Workmonitor survey, employers are making it easier for women to work part time.

TORONTO, Nov. 15, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Findings from Randstad's latest Global Workmonitor, surveying employees in 29 countries around the world, reveal that employers are giving more Canadian women the opportunity to work part time.

According to the survey more than half of the world's employers facilitate part-time work: 52% overall. Other countries at the high end (between 71-60%) are the Nordics, UK, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Australia, Germany and New Zealand.

In Canada, female employees indicate more often than male employees that their employer facilitates employees wishing to work part-time (60% vs. 44%). These numbers are in line with data from Statistics Canada, showing that in 2010, more than twice as many women as men worked part-time in the country.

Stacy Parker, Vice-President Marketing, Randstad Canada says an increasing number of employees (both male and female) want flexible work arrangements. "The current needs of our society require flexibility in work schedules. As working mothers and fathers with young children struggle balance work and family responsibilities, they are more likely to require a flexible work arrangement," she says.

In another study conducted earlier this year, Luxembourg-based Regus PLC, polled approximately 17,000 businesses in 80 countries, and 117 in Canada. The survey results indicate 88 per cent of Canadian businesses are now offering their employees some form of flexible work arrangements. The study also found that 66 per cent of Canadian employers said offering more flexible work arrangements saved them money (due to less office space costs and desk sharing due to employees operating from remote locations). Additionally, nearly one-third of the Canadian companies that took part in the survey said allowing flexible working arrangements improves employee productivity.

According to Parker, an organizations ability to offer work-arrangement flexibility plays an important role in its ability to recruit, retain and motivate top quality staff. "Work arrangement flexibility increases an employee's ability to attain a realistic work-life balance. Achieving a healthy work-life balance leads to a decrease in stress levels and work-life conflict, improved loyalty and morale from employees, a boost in productivity and drops in absenteeism," she says.

"Both workers and employers have a role to play in terms of promoting work-life balance," says Parker. "Facilitating and taking part to open discussions, setting expectations clearly and raising awareness on existing HR programs can go a long way in building trust between employees and employers in order to efficiently align family and personal obligations, career goals and business objectives.''

The Randstad Workmonitor: After the successful introduction of the Workmonitor in the Netherlands in 2003 and more recently in Germany, the survey now covers 29 countries around the world, encompassing Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas. The Randstad Workmonitor is published four times a year, making both local and global trends in mobility regularly visible over time.The quantitative study is conducted via an online questionnaire among a population aged 18-65, working a minimum of 24 hours a week in a paid job (not self-employed). The minimal sample size is 400 interviews per country, using Survey Sampling International. Research for the third wave of 2011 was conducted July 18 and August 8, 2011.

About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country, we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca. Visit randstad.ca

Randstad Canada anticipates tremendous growth in 2011 and is seeking top talent to fill positions in nearly every area of the business. Visit http://www.randstad.ca/about/internal_careers.aspx for internal job openings and to learn more about why Randstad is one of the best places to work.

SOURCE Randstad Canada

For further information:

Dayana Moreno
Marie-Noelle Morency

Telephone
416.962.9578 x2317
514.350.5309 x233

Source: Randstad Canada
A complete press report, including detailed regional differences, is available on
http://www.randstad.com/press-room/research-reports


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