Remote, Office, or Hybrid? Employee Preferences for Post-Pandemic Work Arrangements

The Conference Board of Canada, 39 pages, December 13, 2021
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Remote, office, or hybrid? This impact paper, based on the 2020-2021 Employee Wellbeing in Times of COVID-19 survey, reveals employee preferences for post-pandemic work arrangements.

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Remote, Office, or Hybrid? Employee Preferences for Post-Pandemic Work Arrangements presents findings from the 2020-2021 Employee Wellbeing in Times of COVID-19 survey conducted by Carleton University in partnership with The Conference Board of Canada. It found that employee preferences regarding post-pandemic work arrangements vary widely along the virtual–office work continuum. On the one end of the continuum are those employees (23 per cent) who want to return to full-time work at the office, and at the other are employees (28 per cent) who want to work remotely moving forward.

Employees want to continue doing what they did during the pandemic. If they spent most of their time working remotely during the pandemic, then they want to continue with this arrangement. Similarly, if they spent most of their time working on-site during the pandemic, they prefer to get back to the office full time once it is safe to do so.

Table of Contents

Key Findings
COVID-19 Has Been a Catalyst for Change
The Virtual–Office Work Continuum
For Those Considering a Move to Permanent Remote Work
For Those Considering a Return to the Office
Who Wants to Work at Home and Who Wants to Work On-Site?
For Those Considering Hybrid Work
Who Wants to Work a Hybrid Arrangement Post-Pandemic?
Employee’s Hybrid Work Preferences Depend on Sector, Job Type, and Unionization
Moving Forward—What Needs to Be Done to Make Hybrid Work?
Conclusions
Appendix A—Methodology
Appendix B—Bibliography

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