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highly skilled and valuable workers cannot afford to ignore how
important providing good work-life balance has become.”
CANADIAN COMPANIES ARE CONFUSED BY
Companies in Canada need to go beyond providing remote access
to email in order to address the need for greater workplace
productivity and meet employee demands for improved work-life
balance. According to Enabling the Remote Workforce in Canada,
a recent survey of IT decision-makers by Citrix Canada, a concerning
disparity exists between how companies define a mobility
strategy and what tools employees actually need to do their jobs
and be productive remotely.
More than eight in 10 IT decision-makers report having employees
who work remotely. Yet, the same number admit their
companies’ definition of enterprise mobility is giving employees
the basic ability of sending and receiving emails from a mobile device.
Further, two-thirds describe their organizations’ concept of
enterprise mobility as providing employees with mobile devices.
Michael Murphy, country manager for Citrix Canada, believes
this misunderstanding to be a major barrier in creating a successful
workplace mobility strategy.
“The biggest problem we’re seeing is companies not creating a
mobile environment conducive to working collaboratively remotely,”
said Murphy. “Providing mobility means more than simply
enabling access to email. It’s about minimizing restrictions so
people can do their jobs successfully outside of the office. This includes
giving employees secure access to essential applications and
data from anywhere, providing a seamless user experience and allowing
More than two in five IT decision-makers admit to not having
a comprehensive enterprise mobility strategy in place for their
“When a company only partially supports a remote workplace
environment, there is a higher likelihood it will fail,” said Murphy.
However, of those who do have a mobility strategy in place, an
overwhelming majority say it is integral to the competiveness of
More and more, employees want the option of working remotely.
In a separate survey of Canadian working professionals commissioned
by Citrix, 75 per cent of employees say all employers should
offer the ability to work remotely while the overwhelming majority
(96 per cent) want jobs that provide good work-life balance.
MORE AND MORE, EMPLOYEES
WANT THE OPTION OF
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