The Canadian workplace: What’s in and what’s out for 2020?

A new survey of senior managers across Canada has revealed their changing opinions of some do’s and don’ts for the modern workplace. While certain behaviours are still frowned upon, nearly all of the participants (90 per cent) agreed that their organization has become more informal over the past decade.

Casual dress, tattoos and piercings, swearing and pets: employers share their thoughts on the changing work culture.

So, why the change?

Staffing firm Accountemps surveyed over 600 senior managers from Canadian companies employing at least 20 people. The results show that the majority – 65 per cent of mangers – say that the workplace has become more relaxed due to looser societal standards in general. An additional 54 per cent attribute this to their companies catering to younger professionals.

Furthermore, 44 per cent of companies pointed to the tech culture’s influence on organizations as the reason for adopting a more casual environment.

The new rules

Roughly one-third of all employers surveyed said that these formerly career-limiting employee behaviours have become acceptable over the past decade.

  • Non-traditional piercings (34 per cent)
  • Visible tattoos (32 per cent)
  • Casual attire (32 per cent)
  • Non-traditional hair colours (32 per cent)
  • Casual language and emojis in emails (27 per cent)

Still unacceptable

Not everything has changed, however. There are still behaviours that some people try to incorporate into their work life that are a no-go for their employer. Here’s what bugs your boss the most.

  • Politics. Wearing political slogans on your clothing, putting up political posters, streaming political events and talking politics remains frowned upon.
  • Pets. Nowadays, it seems like everybody wants to bring their pets to work. More than half of the employers surveyed say they hate the idea.
  • Swearing. As casual as workplaces have become, most bosses still frown on foul language.

Other office pet peeves reported by the managers surveyed include employees streaming sporting events at work and listening to music without headphones.

You can read the full survey results from Accountemps here.

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