As a consequence of coronavirus pandemic lockdowns and restrictions, it looks like remote work is here to stay, and will likely have a lasting impact on how work is conducted.
According to a recent survey by Statistics Canada, nearly one-third of businesses report that their employees are working remotely during the pandemic lockdown. That’s almost double the level reported before the lockdown began.
The survey also found that just over one-quarter of employers said they’re likely to offer more employees the chance to continue remote work once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, with almost 15 per cent saying they plan to make it mandatory.
Interviewed workers suggested that almost all of their companies will allow employees at all seniority levels to work from home, at least part-time, going forward.
It is hoped the positive changes observed in the workplace continue whether people are at home or in the office.