This June 19, 2017 file photo shows a person working on a laptop in North Andover, Massachusetts. An Ernst & Young poll found that the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way Canadian employees view work, and more than half are said to be willing to quit. if the flexibility of the working hours and the place of work is not maintained. THE CANADIAN PRESS / AP / Elise Amendola
An Ernst & Young poll found that Canadian employees have embraced workplace flexibility and want it to continue after the pandemic.
The 2021 Work Reimagined employee survey found that 93% of respondents said they would likely stay with their organization for the coming year or longer if they were in control of where and when they worked.
But 54 percent would be ready to resign if flexibility over time and location were not maintained.
Even though top-notch on-site office equipment is offered, two-thirds would prefer to control where and then they work, with respondents being 1.4 times more likely to opt for control of working hours.
Some 61% want their business to require vaccines before returning to physical workplaces.
Almost half say the corporate culture has improved since the start of the pandemic in early 2020.
“Whether you know it – and accept it – or not, your employees have been transformed forever, and reversing this sea of change is not an option,” says Darryl Wright, Partner, People Advisory Services at EY Canada.
“Employees embraced the flexibility made possible by remote working through technology. And they don’t expect it to end in the aftermath of the pandemic. This is a critical time for collaboration among all senior executives… to reinvent a model that supports both a safe transition and a physical transformation to the workplace. “
While early data suggests employees are just as productive working from home, the jury is still out on the long-term effects of remote working, including the loss of coaching and mentoring.