To attract and retain the highest level of talent, some companies have gotten more flexible with their work policies. Mercer surveyed 331 Canadian and 548 US businesses to compare and contrast compensation philosophy, work hours, and telecommunication practices.

On average, Canadian companies allow somewhat greater work flexibility and less managerial oversight than those in the US. 90% of the Canadian companies surveyed allow flexible start and finish times versus 78% in the US. While flex-time and telecommuting is being practiced in both countries, the majority of companies (89% in Canada and 85% in the US) have not established formal telecommuting policies. The majority of top-level employees (executive and managerial) in Canada telecommute, for most a few times per month. In the US, these telecommuters are the minority. Companies who allow employees to work from home often provide the equipment as well. 89% of Canadian and 84% of US companies provide laptops. Some also give cell phones, office supplies, and a desk for added employee comfort. Mercer breaks down their findings visually in the infographic below.