City Council will be asked during their meeting Monday evening to recruit the Innovation Centre, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and Future SSM to set up a taskforce to develop a targeted recruitment plan to attract and retain remote workers in the knowledge-based industry from the Greater Toronto area to locate here to the Sault.
“The collective missions of the Innovation Centre, the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and Future SSM all include attracting new business to our community,” a report in the council agenda says.
“The modern workforce is changing in terms of corporations allowing flexible and remote work agreements, especially in knowledge-based industry.”
Findings from a 2017 global survey of over 24,000 workers by Polycom Inc.reported that the vast majority of respondents (98 per cent) agree that an anywhere working approach boosts productivity, as people can choose to work where they are most efficient, the report says.
The survey also revealed that 62 per cent of the global working population is working flexibly – more than ever before, with over 400,000 people working in the Technology Industry in Toronto, with 1,800 technology based companies located in Toronto.
“Growing our business community helps grow a healthy community,” the report says.