A Third Of Canadians Would Quit Their Job If Required To Return To Office

A new survey has found that one in three Canadian workers would quit his or her job and look for a new one if the employer asked him or her to return to the office on a full-time basis.

The survey by global staffing firm Robert Half found that 33% of Canadian respondents currently working from home due to the pandemic are not interested in going back to their pre-COVID-19 work life.

Just over half of people surveyed (51%) said they would prefer a hybrid work arrangement where they can divide their time between the office and home.

Respondents pointed to several supports their employers could provide to ease the transition back to the office including the ability to set their own hours, contributions to commuting costs, a relaxed dress code, providing onsite childcare, and access to a personal, distraction-free workspace.

The survey found that 59% of people said relationships with their co-workers could suffer from full-time remote work. Additionally, 21% of employees said there are fewer career advancement opportunities due to a lack of visibility with their bosses.

The online survey was conducted between March 9 and 16. A total of 500 Canadian workers were surveyed online.