Research shows that 56% would quit if employers didn’t allow working from home

Quit before returning to the office?

Carol Eugene Park / Glacier Media – † Story: 364455

Life has been good for Canadians who work from home.

But some workplaces have asked employees to return to the office, at least on a hybrid basis.

A new study from the Angus Reid Institute finds that employees are reluctant to return to the office.

The report states that HSBC has opened two new offices in Vancouver and Toronto with a 50 percent capacity.

Fifty-six percent of Canadians surveyed said they would look for a new job if they worked full-time in the office, while nearly a quarter said they would resign on the spot. Younger Canadians are most likely to quit immediately if asked to return to the office full-time.

The survey found that Canadians over the age of 54 prefer to work from home full-time, compared to younger people, who like the hybrid model.

The report also highlights WFH’s changed attitude, compared to the summer of 2021, when 39 percent of people said they would not complain about returning to the office full-time. But right now, only 29 percent hold that mindset.

A gender analysis shows that women are less willing to return to the office than men.

The survey found that most Canadians feel they are productive when they work from home; three in five Canadians indicate that they have no trouble managing projects.

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