Staples Canada and Staples Advantage Canada offer solutions to improve
TORONTO, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - While technology limitations and employee
burnout rank high on the list of things that decrease productivity,
more than 70 per cent of both employers and employees believe that
Canadian workers are more productive today than they were five years
ago, according to a recent survey from Staples Canada, leader in office
supplies and Canada's largest online retailer, and Staples Advantage
Canada, the business-to-business division of Staples.
For 55 per cent of employers and employees, mobile technology is
important and viewed as aiding productivity in the workplace today
while 40 per cent feel break times are beneficial. Telecommuting is
viewed as an option that increases productivity among 58 per cent of
companies that allow their employees the flexibility to work remotely.
On the other hand, both employers and employees feel that technology
limitations (56 per cent), employee burnout (44 per cent) and
non-collaborative work environments (36 per cent) are the top three
reasons for decreased productivity in the workplace.
Both employers and employees agree that there are a number of other
hurdles to productivity including the selection of the wrong items to
meet office needs, such as office supplies, furniture, technology and
cleaning supplies is also limiting productivity in the work place (52
percent believe these purchasing activities are limiting productivity
in the work place).
Texting or e-mailing friends and family (59 per cent) or socializing
with co-workers in the office (56 per cent) are viewed as the primary
'personal business' time-wasters and productivity- limiting activities
that employees engage in at work.
Employers and employees also weighed in on how a Bring Your Own Device
(BYOD) policy impacts productivity. Despite mobile technology being
touted as a tool for greater productivity, only 34 per cent of
companies have a BYOD policy.
"We're seeing a trend in the right direction with more than 70 per cent
of employers and employees saying they're more productive now than five
years ago," said Michael Zahra, president of Staples Advantage Canada.
"But there are still improvements to be made, especially when it comes
to having the right tools and resources. To help improve office-wide
productivity, we make it easy for businesses to find everything they
need including technology, breakroom supplies, furniture and office
For companies looking to increase productivity in their offices and
overcome some efficiency hurdles, Staples offers the following
Collaborative workspaces - Create workspaces where employees can easily communicate and share
ideas for group collaboration. Office furniture options now go far beyond the traditional chair, desk and cubicle.
Designing an open office environment by including a mix of casual and
formal meeting areas encourages spontaneous conversation and teamwork.
Breakrooms - Stepping away from work in nearby breakrooms helps foster productivity by allowing healthy mental breaks, an
opportunity to refuel and have casual conversations. Including
comfortable furniture and offer a variety of snacks for workers help
make a breakroom inviting and effective.
Technology -Equip employees with the technology needed to get work done efficiently - from printers and PCs to products
that help enable telecommuting, such as tablets and remote access
About the Survey
From June 10 -13, 2013, Staples Canada, Staples Advantage Canada and
Vision Critical conducted a national online survey among n=386
employers and n=304 employees through the Staples Ideas on Work and
Staples Advantage panels.
About Staples Canada
Staples, Canada's largest office products company is committed to
providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products.
Serving all types of business - from the small home office to large
enterprise - Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their
offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection
of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as
well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance,
and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the
province of Quebec and Staples Canada in all other provinces, the
company employs over 15,000 associates at 330+ stores and at their head
office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada's top ten
Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine's Marketing/Leger 2011
Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to
offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to
shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros
also is invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively
support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in
Canadian communities from coast to coast. Visit www.staples.ca for more information, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Staples Advantage Canada
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, works
with companies of 20 or more employees to develop customized programs
with dedicated account management and offers a complete assortment of
products and services to meet business needs.
As the leading supplier in Canada, Staples Advantage works with business
partners to provide office supplies, technology products, facility
supplies, furniture, and business services. Staples Advantage Canada is
headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, with eight distribution centres
across Canada. Visit www.staplesadvantage.ca for more information, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE: Staples Canada Inc.
For further information:
Marketing Communications Specialist
905 737 1147 ex. 2714.
Marketing Communications Manager
Staples Advantage Canada
905 696 3733