Microsoft Canada announces "Get It Done Day" for Canadians who want more out
of life and work
A majority of Canadians say they want more flexibility over when and where
they work - Microsoft Office 365 makes it easier
TORONTO, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Microsoft Canada is unveiling their global "Get
It Done Day" today to spark a conversation about new ways of getting things
done away from the office. The campaign launches with the goal of raising
awareness about how Canadians could have more flexibility over when and where
they work using Microsoft Office 365.
"Get It Done Day" is a part of a Microsoft initiative to start a global
conversation about better ways to get things done. As part of the movement,
Microsoft is telling its employees around the world to avoid the office today.
But Microsoft isn't closing up shop; instead, it's encouraging its employees
to take advantage of breakthrough technologies like Microsoft Office 365 to
demonstrate on a massive scale that individuals and teams do not have to be
tied to their desks to be productive.
"We really want to get the message out that people want more flexibility and
more control over when and where they work, and there's no better place to
start than right in our own backyard," said Gareth Oystryk, Office Product
Manager at Microsoft Canada. "With integrated tools like Microsoft Office 365,
which offers solutions that allow employees to be productive and connect with
each other virtually anywhere, Canadian employers and employees can have the
best of both worlds when it comes to productivity and work-life balance."
Microsoft Canada will celebrate the day by hosting a unique art installation
by acclaimed artist Justin Broadbent, who will be taking over the southwest
corner of Bay & Wellington in Toronto's Financial District and putting old,
unneeded office desks to a new use - as art. The installation aims to
demonstrate how "ditching the desk" can free you to get great work done in new
places that inspire, focus and motivate you, which is beneficial to both
employees and employers alike. To join the conversation Canadians are
encouraged to tweet using #ditchthedesk and share ideas of where they are the
"Get It Done Day" follows a Canadian survey of attitudes to work, life and
productivity technology commissioned by Microsoft and undertaken by Ipsos
Reid. The survey found that many working Canadians think flexibility should be
a core tenet of business, as most of them believe that today's workforce can
be productive from anywhere and that the traditional "9 to 5" desk job is a
thing of the past. According to the survey, more than eight in ten (84%) of
working Canadians agree that "flexibility in working from anywhere is one of
the most important things a 21(st) century business or organization can offer
"Having the flexibility to work from virtually anywhere, anytime can make our
offices at a desk, in our homes, in a coffee shop, or even the open sea," said
John Felice, Vice President of Franchise Operations for Expedia(®)
CruiseShipCenters(®). "With the help of Office 365, we're providing our
Franchise Partners and Vacation Consultants with tools to successfully run
their business from anywhere in the world."
Interestingly, while a majority (61%) say their workplace offers its employees
the proper tools to maximize productivity from wherever they're most
productive, two in five (39%) cite their workplace as not offering the proper
tools- stating this is due to management valuing more traditional work styles.
Furthermore, the importance of having the proper tools to complete tasks has
provided more flexibility and less stress to the majority of working Canadians
(49%). To help address these findings, Microsoft is also announcing a number
of updates to their Office 365 offerings, including real-time co-authoring in
Office Web Apps, and extra SkyDrive space for four more members of a household
in Office 365 Home Premium*.
"Clearly, there's a need to raise awareness about the benefits today's
productivity tools can provide to both employees and employers," said Gareth
Oystryk. "And that's really what "Get It Done Day" is all about."
Additional highlights from the survey include:
-- Nine in ten (90%) working Canadians, including managers,
believe employees can be fully productive from any environment
given the right tools
-- Most managers and executives (89%) and general employees (85%)
'agree' that 'maintaining the perfect balance of flexibility
and productivity is the most important factor for an effective
manager in today's workforce'
-- A sizeable portion (45%) of Canadians would even go so far as
to say they would not work in an environment that isn't
-- Half of respondents (49%) indicate feeling less stress on a
daily basis, due to flexibility and the ability to accomplish
tasks from anywhere
* Today, Microsoft is announcing the following updates and improvements:
-- Microsoft Office Web Apps. Microsoft has updated Office Web
Apps with two highly anticipated features - the introduction of
autosave in the Word Web App and real-time co-authoring, a
feature that allows multiple people to contribute to and edit
documents simultaneously in the Word Web App, PowerPoint Web
App or Excel Web App.
-- New Sharing Updates to Office 365 Home Premium. Starting next
month, Office 365 Home Premium subscribers, can share
subscription benefits with up to four members of their
household. Each household member can use any of the available
installs on their own PCs, Macs, or mobile devices, they get an
additional 20 GB of SkyDrive storage, and can manage their own
installs from their "My Account" page.
-- Yammer. All Microsoft Office 365 plans now ship with Yammer
Enterprise, and all existing Office 365 customers will receive
Yammer Enterprise licenses. In addition, Office 365 customers
no longer have to purchase individual new licenses for external
users within their external networks. Microsoft has also
created the Yammer Partner Enablement Program, designed to
provide deeper insight and best practices for how to sell,
implement and integrate a successful enterprise social
-- Power BI for Office 365. Currently in public preview, Microsoft
is announcing that Power BI will be generally available in the
first half of 2014. This feature makes it simple for people to
combine private and public data in the cloud to create rich,
insightful visuals and drive quicker decision making. To learn
more and register for the preview visit
About Microsoft Canada
Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of
Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting
and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in
Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country
dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place
and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit
About the Study
These are some of the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between October
18(th) to 23(rd), 2013 on behalf of Microsoft Canada Inc. For this survey, a
sample of 1,023 working Canadians (including 503 in a manager or executive
role) from Ipsos' Canadian online panel was interviewed online. The survey
is accurate to within +/- 3.5 percentage points had all working Canadians
adults been polled.
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with an interactive installation. Artist Justin Broadbent destroyed old desks
to create inspirational art, reminding Canadians that incredible things can
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