Archive for November 7, 2019

88% of Canadians Would Take a Four-Day Work Week if Employer Offered: Citrix

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 7, 2019 by itnerd

Canadian office workers are eager to transition to a four-day work week, but are currently spending an average of four hours each week working outside of their existing contracted hours – according to new research from Citrix which surveyed nine countries worldwide including Canada, Norway, Germany, UK, France, Denmark, Italy, Mexico and Sweden.

The new data – from a survey of 500 office workers in Canada carried out by OnePoll – sheds light on whether a shortened work week could be feasible for Canadians considering average overtime hours.

Top reasons cited for this overtime include feeling like it’s the culture of the business (37%), unrealistic targets and workload (22%) and, for some, it’s wanting to do the extra work (21%).

Outdated working culture despite tech evolution

Despite the existence of new technology that enables greater efficiency and productivity, Canadian employees revealed the pressing need for their organizations to upgrade technology – with improved processes (30%) cited as a top solution to help reduce extra time worked.

The country is divided with just less than half of Canadian workers (45%) believing a national four-day working week is feasible with their current workload, despite the same workers claiming a growing workload is what’s causing them to work overtime.

A working culture where Canadians (32%) still believe employers reward and/or promote those who work longer hours, coupled with outdated technology, are the top barriers preventing Canada from adopting a four-day working week. It’s not to say Canada won’t ever achieve this, but a shift in business culture and decision makers’ mindset must happen first. Embracing a more innovative workplace means measuring employees on the work they produce rather than correlating it to how much was produced during the traditional contracted hours of nine to five. Canadian companies need to focus on discovering how and where their employees work best and providing them with the technology necessary to enable them to do their job most efficiently.

Employees eagerly await 

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the vast majority of Canada employees (88%, compared to the survey average of 87%) would take a four-day working week if it were offered. However more than half (74%, compared to the survey average of 72%) of those employees would only take it if they could keep the same salary, with less than a quarter (14%, compared to the survey average of 15%) being willing to take it if it meant a reduced salary.

Progress is being made, yet four-day working week is still years away

When asked when they might see a four-day working week in their companies, Canadian employees think we could be six years away. Despite progress being made globally, six years was the average among all countries surveyed when asked about the adoption of a four-day work week. UK workers think it will be possible soonest (approximately 5.61 years), followed by those in France (just below six years at 5.89) and then Canada at 6.22 years.

Canada is not alone with workload being the main barrier. Of all countries surveyed on this subject, the average overtime hours spent was four hours and 36 minutes. Notably, Norwegian workers work the most overtime (10+ hours) and Swedish workers work the least (three hours).

When comparing reasons for overtime work, the top reason among all countries was that it’s the culture of the business (23% compared to 37% in Canada). This was followed by unrealistic targets and workload (22% on average and for Canada) and getting paid overtime (20% compared to 18% in Canada).

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Eden: There For All of The GTA This Winter For Snow Removal

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 7, 2019 by itnerd

Eden offers seasonal service and one-time snow removal services at the tap of a button. As easy as using an IOS or android device, Eden has you covered with no contracts and with the seasonal service you can pay per visit, but they come out automatically when there is 5cm/2 inches or more of accumulation!

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Eden prides itself on its excellent service standards. The support team are snow removal industry veterans. The crews are all vetted and insured snow removal professionals with professional equipment.

Eden also wants to provide value to the snow removal community through the newly launched Eden U training program. This is aimed at existing and new professionals within the landscaping and snow management industry who want to grow their business through the use of technology. Find out more on the Eden U page: https://edenapp.com/eden-university.

OpenText Named as a Leader in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 7, 2019 by itnerd

OpenText a global leader in Enterprise Information Management (EIM), announced it has been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms.

The world’s largest and most innovative companies and governments turn to OpenText Content Services to recuse compliance risk with records management and document management capabilities, while embedding collaboration, workflow and other productivity-boosting technologies into their operations. OpenText technology helps customers break down organizational silos, combine both structured and unstructured datasets and extend across on and off-cloud infrastructures. OpenText integrates seamlessly into business-line applications such as SAP, Salesforce and Microsoft, providing access to content across the organization.

According to Gartner, “Content services platforms are key components of the digital workplace and digital business. At a time of increased emphasis on the cloud, ease of use, AI and governance, this report will help those responsible for digital workplace applications find the right vendor for their strategy.” *

OpenText has been named a Leader in this Gartner Magic Quadrant for fifteen consecutive years.

Gartner also released its Critical Capabilities for Content Services Platforms report. This report provides information about OpenText Content Services capabilities. Each year’s Critical Capabilities report is a recommended read for those involved in assessing and evaluating content management options for their organization.

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Click here to download a complimentary copy of both the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the Critical Capabilities report.

*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Content Services Platforms, Michael Woodbridge, Marko Sillanpaa and Lane Serverson, 30 October 2019. This report was previously titled the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management.

*Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Content Services Platforms. Michael Woodbridge, Marko Sillanpaa, Lane Severson, 30 October 2019.