Roy Gilbert

Posthaste: What Canadians should consider in a post-pandemic work-from-home world

financialpost.com

There are a few mental health and labour law considerations employees and their bosses need to take into account in this hybrid world. Article content

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There’s little doubt that the pandemic has been the number one driver of the work-from-home trend lately, having many Canadians feel accustomed to working from the comfort of their couch, their home office, and even their bed.

So accustomed, in fact, that 61 per cent of surveyed Canadians prefer a hybrid work model that sees them spending some days of the week in the office and other days at home, according to professional services and consulting firm Accenture Plc. However, there are a few mental health and labour law considerations employees and their bosses need to take into account in this hybrid world.

When it comes to the demographic breakdown, it turns out that 74 per cent of young Gen Z workers are excited about the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in an onsite face-to-face setting. Younger millennials in large urban settings were also more likely to feel more productive with onsite work, according to the report. Article content

This is juxtaposed with nomadic remote workers that prefer more flexible options, often being Generation X and older millennial employees, usually based in rural settings where getting around may be more difficult.

However, the demographics don’t necessarily define the attitude. Much of these workplace preferences are based on whether or not employees feel that they have the proper resources to address their concerns, whether […]