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    What You Need to Know About Workplace Trends in Canada

    Adrian Miller

    Canadian workplaces are rapidly changing, and it shows no signs of slowing down. From the gig-economy to rising expectations when it comes to technology and focus on workplace wellbeing, recent trends have completely redefining the meaning of the way we work. We're sharing some statistics that support these changes and highlight areas Canadian workplace leaders should focus on in their strategies to improve their workplaces moving forward.

    "Waves of disruptive change have already hit the Canadian workforce." - William Gibson, Canadian futurist.

    Remote Working

    The rise of gig-economy workers and the option for full-time employees to work from home has grown tremendously in the past decade. To remain competitive, employers should consider offering this work benefit to established members of their workforce, or implement a work-from-home policy certain days of the week. This trend also increases the need for additional workplace technology and other tools, like Slack, to help facilitate communication between remote teams. 

    Workplace Environment & Employee Experience

    Your workplace reflects your company culture to everyone that interacts with it, including prospective employees, clients and your current workforce. Canadians expectations have altered, and employees want to interact with their workspace in a way that makes their day less complicated, and seems "frictionless".The effort required to perform everyday interactions on the job, like reserving an open desk, locating a colleague, or ordering food for a meeting, can impact an employee's experience at work. These normal tasks can become an additional stress, which is completely avoidable with the help of workplace technology, like iOFFICE HummingbirdFacilities leaders are making adjustments to meet these needs like adding wayfinding systems and activity-based working options. 

    Elevating the Employee Experience

    Workplace Wellbeing

    As employees continue to blend their personal and professional lives, the lines between work and home have been blurred. And because of this, it is becoming more common that workplaces allocate resources to address the health and wellbeing of their employees - considering they are working into what used to be personal time. With increased hours also comes additional computer eye-strain, increased stress and a more sedentary lifestyle which have become concerns for employee health.  Gallup has defined the five pillars of workplace wellbeing as follows: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. When these categories are fulfilled employee productivity and satisfaction rise, which is beneficial for both your organization and the retention of your workforce. 

    Intelligence Revolution 

    Automation, workplace technology and machine learning are rapidly redefining what it means to be employed. Many workplaces are already seeing these changes firsthand and some experts say that the "work has always been disrupted, it's just the speed that has changed." Workplace leaders need to be prepared for this continual change, and the potential negative consequences that accompany it. While technology provides a wealth of new knowledge and data to help make the workplace better, it also comes with potential job restructuring as AI and certain tech may eliminate the need for certain positions. This is a continuous development that workplace leaders should follow to determine how to address concerns from their workforce and best plan for a bright future. 

    Accepting these trends isn't going to be an easy task, as it will take time and dedication to determine how to best guide your organization through these changes. Workplace technology, employee engagement and data intelligence are areas that will completely redefine what it means to go to work and to hold a job. However, they also promise growth and opportunity to those who want it. Staying on top of these trends and adapting to them accordingly will ensure you and your workforce will thrive in the new world of work. 

    Adrian Miller

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Adrian Miller

    Adrian brings 20 years of experience in enterprise software sales in the EAM, IWMS & BI spaces. The experience he has gained from previous roles encompasses all that the iOFFICE products have to offer Canadian business, but now in one cohesive solution. He is a strong believer that Canadians like to partner with Canadians and his main drivers are; client satisfaction, client advocacy and making sure his clients receive value from the solutions he represents. He has built a successful career based on this philosophy and looks forward to bringing his knowledge and the value of the iOFFICE suite to the Canadian marketplace.

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