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As many companies downsize their pricey corporate real estate, an increasing number of Canadians are shifting from a busy office environment to working from home for all or part of their week. (Getty Images/Bonnie Jacobs)
As many companies downsize their pricey corporate real estate, an increasing number of Canadians are shifting from a busy office environment to working from home for all or part of their week. (Getty Images/Bonnie Jacobs)

Earlier discussion

How to make flexible work options work for you Add to ...

I believe companies, regardless of their size or public-sector organizations, need to understand the value and importance of collaboration. They need to recognize the impact it has on productivity and innovation. We need to change Canada's innovation and productivity performance dramatically. It's a well-known fact.

3:19

[Comment From Nitin Kawale]

We all can do our part to make the difference.

3:19

[Comment From Glenn Dirks ]

Our experience shows organizations can potentially reduce their infrastructure costs by 30-40%.

3:19

[Comment From ]

average cost is around $14k per worker per year - increase efficiency and you can lower it incredibly

3:20

[Comment From Jacqueline Sloboda ]

Those are numbers I have heard as well

3:20

[Comment From Glenn Dirks ]

In and out times should be determined between the employee and their manager. Each situation is unique depending on job, individual skills, management style, etc.

3:21

[Comment From Nitin Kawale]

All of these are great points. The most important thing is to ensure it's not a one-off in the organization. There needs to be an holistic strategy around collaboration of which remote working is one part of - to driving lasting benefits.

3:22

[Comment From Sarah Anderson ]

Thanks those are great points (both of you)!

3:22

[Comment From ]

cost reduction, better for the environment, worker happiness (i.e. productivity) why wouldn't a company adopt these practices?

3:22

Niamh O'Doherty - Any final thoughts on the subject Nitin?

3:23

[Comment From Glenn Dirks ]

Agreed, that's why you need policy and guidelines with an expectation that employees and managers will interact and make decisions within that frame work.

3:23

[Comment From Jacqueline Sloboda ]

Many thanks to you and your organization for promoting such an important concept in your company.

3:23

[Comment From Nitin Kawale]

In additon to what I said earlier, this change in how we work is a matter of when NOT if. The longer you wait for the when, the further behind you'll fall.

3:25

[Comment From Glenn Dirks ]

Nitin. Well put. As I said earlier, the future is now.

3:25

Niamh O'Doherty - Great point, Nitin.

3:26

Niamh O'Doherty - Folks, thanks for all your participation today. It's a great topic - feel free to continue the discussion in the comments section.

3:26

Niamh O'Doherty - Nitin, thanks so much for your time today.

3:26

[Comment From Nitin Kawale]

Thanks to everyone. I've really enjoyed this! Good luck to everyone.

3:27

Niamh O'Doherty - Thanks again all.

3:27

[Comment From Glenn Dirks ]

Thank you for hosting this chat session.

3:27

[Comment From Jacqueline Sloboda ]

Best to you as well



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