Coronavirus: Canadians want to keep the flexibility to work remotely

Canadian employees are becoming aware of more resilient working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic and want to maintain them once the crisis is over, a new survey by Ernst & Young reveals.

According to the results of the Reinventing Work Survey, 93% of respondents indicated that they were likely to remain employed in their organization for at least 12 months if they had flexibility in their workplace and workplace.

However, 54% would be willing to leave their company if flexibility in working hours and workplaces was not maintained.

Even if they had the opportunity to enjoy first-class services in a dedicated office, two-thirds of them would prefer to have control over their workplace and schedule. Respondents are 1.4 times more likely to want more flexibility in table selection.

Additionally, about 61% of respondents want their businesses to require a COVID-19 vaccination before actually returning to the office.

Nearly half say the company culture has improved since the pandemic began in early 2020.

“The Final Transformation”

“Whether you know it — and accept it — or not, your employees have undergone an eventual transformation, and it will be impossible to turn the tide,” Daryl Wright, associate advisory services for people at EY Canada, said in a statement. “Employees have embraced the flexible working conditions made possible by remote working technologies. They do not expect this fact to end after the pandemic. So this is a pivotal moment for all senior leaders. […] In order to redefine the model that will ensure both a safe return to work and a physical transformation of the workplace. “

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Whether you know it—and accept it—or not, your employees have undergone an eventual transformation, and it will be impossible to turn the tide.

While early data suggests that employees are quite productive working from home, studies have not yet looked at the long-term effects of remote work, particularly with regard to the disappearance of in-person interactions such as training and mentoring.

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