COVID-19 and the Workplace: Employees in Canada Weigh In

By Robert Half on April 30, 2020 at 2:50pm

COVID-19 AND THE WORKPLACE: EMPLOYEES IN CANADA WEIGH IN

Here’s a glimpse of how professionals are faring amid the coronavirus crisis and how they feel about returning to the office.

WORKING FROM HOME IS WORKING

79% of employees surveyed are currently working from home.
60% now realize their job is doable outside the office.
55% say their work-life balance has improved without a commute.
26% are more comfortable using technology.

PARENTS’ PERSPECTIVES

Compared to their peers without children, parents working from home are nearly 20% more likely to say their work-life balance has improved.

RETURNING TO THE OFFICE: THE NEW NORMS

Top measures workers want their company to take as a result of COVID-19:

85% Allowing employees to work from home more frequently.
73% Having better cleaning protocols.
68% Holding fewer in-person meetings and trainings.
48% Staggering employees work schedules.
40% Changing the office layout.
26% Requiring employees to wear masks

The case for personal space

72% will rethink shaking hands with business contacts.
59% will reconsider traveling for business.
56% anticipate spending less time in common areas of the office.
46% worry about being in close proximity to others at the office.

Source: Robert Half survey of more than 500 workers normally employed in office environments in Canada.

©2020 Robert Half.

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