Most Canadians Want to Work From Home—Time to Rejig Business Priorities

Updated: Aug 26

Let’s face it, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed pretty much everything, including the way we look at work. Businesses have had to shut down, reopen, shut down again, and reopen again. They’ve had to furlough or lay-off employees, and now are finding it hard to rehire or replace those employees. Many businesses have experienced their office workers picking up their laptops and monitors and setting up make-shift offices at home.

All of this turmoil has resulted in a big shift in thinking of where work needs to happen—and a lot of people like it.

According to a study done by the Business Development Bank of Canada, more than half of Canadian employees would like to work from home as much or more than they do now. The main benefit, of course, is the avoidance of a lengthy commute.

Canadians (and I’m sure this holds true for other countries as well) have discovered they far prefer the commute from the bedroom to the home office space over the time spent in cars or public transit. They’ve found they like having the extra time spent with family members, in physical activity, or even in just enjoying a relaxed (versus rushed) cup of coffee.

This study, just released, tells about the same story as a study published by RBC in January of this year, which showed that as many as 80% of employees want to work from home, at least part time.