Green initiatives, remote work popular with workers: survey

55 per cent cite greater productivity working from home
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 10/02/2019
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While 93 per cent of respondents say their offices are mostly or fully occupied on a regular basis, 51 per cent say that their jobs can be performed remotely if allowed. Shutterstock

Nearly 60 per cent of Canadian workers want to work for a company that is environmentally friendly and prioritizes green initiatives, according to a survey released by Citrix Canada.

Two-thirds of those between the ages of 18 and 24 agree or somewhat agree that they are most inclined to work for a company that makes green initiatives a priority and 83 per cent say they are most inclined to work for a company that allows them to work remotely. 

Similar results were found for those between the ages of 24 and 34, with 64 per cent agreeing or somewhat agreeing that they are most inclined to work for a company that makes green initiatives a priority and 73 per cent saying they are most inclined to work for a company that allows them to work remotely, found the survey of 750 workers.

Remote preferences

From an environmentally conscious perspective, an important reason for businesses to implement mobile workspaces is to reduce carbon emissions from the 76 per cent of respondents who regularly drive to work, averaging 31 minutes on their commute, says Citrix.

And while 93 per cent of respondents say their offices are mostly or fully occupied on a regular basis, 51 per cent say that their jobs can be performed remotely if allowed.

And 55 per cent say that they would be more or as productive working remotely than in the office.

With climate change producing strong winter storms, companies also need to consider mobile workspaces as part of their business continuity plans, says Citrix.

Of those surveyed, only 53 per cent say their companies has policies or technology in place to work remotely in the case of a natural disaster.

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