The majority (85 per cent) of Canadian employees say they’re interested in jobs that offer hybrid or fully remote working arrangements, according to a new survey by Robert Half Canada Inc.

The survey, which polled more than 1,100 workers, found 73 per cent of employees who could work when and where they’re most productive put in more hours than they did three years ago. More than two-fifths (43 per cent) also reported higher job satisfaction despite working longer hours.

Read: Canadian employers increasing salaries, offering remote work to attract talent: survey

A quarter of workers said they’d take a pay cut for the ability to work fully remotely, a percentage that increased among marketing and creative professionals (40 per cent), employees aged 18 to 25 (33 per cent) and working parents (32 per cent). However, two-fifths (40 per cent) of employees who are working remotely said they’re concerned about being passed over for project opportunities and promotions.

The survey also found two-thirds (65 per cent) of respondents reported having more effective relationships with colleagues they’ve met face to face versus those they haven’t. And more workers said they’re comfortable collaborating with colleagues in person (47 per cent) than virtually (34 per cent).

“Flexibility over where and when they work is a major priority for professionals and companies should continue to offer employees a level of autonomy over this, to attract and retain top talent and boost productivity and employee satisfaction,” said David King, senior managing director at Robert Half Canada and South America, in a press release. “However, it’s important to take into account how relationships with colleagues can benefit from in-person collaboration and team-building opportunities.”

Source: Benefits Canada


Leigh Mitchell is an inclusive, innovative HR Strategist and Marketing Professor at the University of Guelph Humber and York University. Leigh is committed to equality and belonging in workplaces and founded Bee Happy HR & Marketing Co. to improve diversity and inclusion results within organizations committed to making a difference but unsure where to start. Bee Happy HR is a full-service brand management and diversity-driven HR company.

She supports professionals, business owners, busy recruiters & HR departments to provide a variety of diversity coaching, HR, and business branding services with a certified team of experts in her Bee Happy HR Hive. Leigh is proud to be building Canada’s leading diverse Human Resource and Brand Management Organization focused on employer and business branding, position promotion, recruiting, and retaining diverse talent for your workplace.

Leigh is also the founder of Women in Biz Network (WIBN). She produces Time to Thrive Podcast, curates mentorship initiatives, promotes WIBN’s diversity-driven career board, and delivers skill-building events to various audiences.

Leigh is known for developing unique influencer marketing campaigns at live events for national brands. Leigh’s writing has been published by TRCA, Active for Life, Sage, and Microsoft Canada. Throughout her career, she has developed unique experiential marketing campaigns for Microsoft Canada, SAGE, TELUS, TD Canada Trust, Staples Canada, and Chevrolet Canada. Her work has been featured in the CBC News, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Living, The Wall Street Journal, and as a speaker at numerous industry events. Connect with Leigh on Linkedin and across social media channels via @womenbiznetwork.

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