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Canada’s first national whitepaper on telework published

Today marks the publication of what is being called Canada's first whitepaper to address telworking.

The paper - "WORKshift Canada: the bottom line on telework" - was prepared by Calgary Economic Development, in collaboration with the Telework Research Network.

The April 18, 2011 news release trumpeting the paper's publication sets out the following stats:

  • Twice weekly telecommuting could save Canadian companies, employees and the community over $53 billion dollars a year, reduce greenhouse gasses by the equivalent of taking 385 thousand cars off the roads and save approximately 390 million litres of gas.
  • Canadian employers can see savings of $10,000 per two-day-a-week telecommuter annually.
  • Telework not only impacts employers; employees who telework can also expect savings between $600 - 3,500 per year through reduced commuting and work-related expenses.
  • Canadian companies could realise annual average savings due to reduced turnover equating to over $1.8 billion. They will likely see an increase of 20 per cent in productivity, a seven per cent reduction in attrition and increased employee empowerment and morale.
  • Four out of 10 Canadians hold jobs that could be done at home, at least part of the time. Eight in 10 would work from home if they could.

The release further states that the paper was compiled using census data and analysis of over 400 case studies, research papers and other documents related to telework. The whitepaper looks at the economic, environmental and societal
implications of telework.