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Most of us… have better work-life balance since COVID-19

COVID-19 has sent many Canadians into unemployment, but those fortunate enough to stay working and do within the confines of their home have reportedly achieved greater work-life balance.

A poll from Robert Half Canada, conducted by an independent research firm, found 55 per cent of remote office workers had noticed an improvement in meeting their life demands. Pollsters asked 500 working Canadians about their current work situation and 60 per cent of respondents said their transition to a home office set up has made them realize that their job is doable from a distance. And of those polled, 74 per cent would like the opportunity to work remotely more often than they had prior to the outbreak.

“COVID-19 has impacted so many aspects of our daily lives — and when buildings reopen, the office environments we return to may look very different from the ones we left,” said David King, Robert Half senior district president in a press release.

“Now is the time for both organizations and employees to explore new ways to create safe, motivating and engaging spaces as business needs, and work cultures, evolve.”

Workers were also asked how they expected to see employment change. More than 8 in ten respondents said they expect people will work from home more frequently and 73 per cent said they expect to see better cleaning procedures implemented.

More than 70 per cent of professionals said they would rethink shaking hands with business contacts.