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
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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.
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