47% of Canadian employees work remotely: survey

Nearly half (47 per cent) of Canadian employees work from outside one of their employer’s main offices for half the week or more, according to new research by Regus Canada.

Some 39 per cent of respondents said they mostly work from home and 11 per cent said they work exclusively from home. Also, 54 per cent said they work remotely in order to remain productive while travelling to and from meetings within the same city or in other cities.

“These results show that today’s workforce is truly mobile,” said Wayne Berger, executive vice-president at Regus Canada. “Only a very small proportion of workers are true home-based workers spending all of their time away from the main office in a home office.

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“Workers report that they are not looking to replace one fixed office space with another such as the home, but are declaring that they need places to stop off and regain productivity while travelling to and from business meetings in their own, or in other cities.”

Among the most popular locations for remote work, 16 per cent of respondents chose business centres and only nine per cent would settle for noisy cafes while working on-the-go.

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