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1 in 3 Canadians willing to change jobs to continue working from home: Ipsos survey – national | Globalnews.ca

A new survey by Ipsos shows that many Canadians want to continue working from home and are even willing to change jobs to find an employer that will allow them to do so.

The survey, conducted exclusively for Global News, found that one in three Canadians (32 percent) say they would look for another job if their employer forced them to work exclusively in an office, a sentiment widely shared among those aged 76. 18 years and 34 (42 percent) of those aged 35-54 (29 percent) and 55 and older (22 percent).

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The pandemic has had a profound impact on the workplace, and many Canadian workers do not want to go back to what it was before. “This is an enduring change, and an enduring impact of the pandemic,” said Shaun Simpson, senior vice president of Ipsos.

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“Many appreciate the new flexible work environment, want it to remain that way, and are willing to change jobs to find it,” he added.

Last year, the survey showed that 15 percent had already changed jobs so they could continue to work from home, a pattern again found to be more common among 18-34-year-olds (24 percent) of working Canadians. Those aged 35 to 54 (11 percent) or 55 and older (six percent).


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“The important thing is that commuting takes time and money…and for young people, if they can save money by staying home, that’s something they want to do,” Simpson said.

According to the survey, nearly half of Canadians surveyed (44 percent) admitted that employers had adopted flexible work arrangements that did not exist prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Simpson also believes that the choice to work remotely is closely related to Canada’s housing crisis.

“Young people are struggling to save for down payments and buy houses… Young people are saying, ‘If I can save money by eating at home and staying at home instead of going to work, why shouldn’t I?’” “


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The survey showed that workers in Ontario are most likely (51 percent) to say their workplace has adopted a flexible model, followed by those living in Atlantic Canada (43 percent), British Columbia (43 percent), Quebec (38 percent) ), Alberta (34 percent), and Saskatchewan and Manitoba (28 percent).

“I think it’s because housing prices in Ontario … are very high, and we know a lot of people have moved away from their desks,” Simpson said.

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“Their commute is greater. It takes longer to commute in Ontario due to congestion than many other places in the country.”

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The survey found that many Canadians are willing to forgo some of their salaries in order to achieve flexibility: Four in 10 (36 per cent) say they would get a job for less pay if they could work at home instead of in the office.

While younger Canadians see the benefits of working from home, a recent study shows that it may impact productivity and creativity.

Study entitled Virtual communication limits the generation of creative ideas Published in Nature on April 27, video conferencing at work has been found to make it difficult for employees to come up with creative ideas because the creative process focuses on people on screen, reducing cognitive focus.

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The results of the study, which was based on field experience in five countries, including Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia, suggested that “virtual interaction comes at a cognitive cost for generating creative ideas.”

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“When two people look into each other’s eyes on a screen, neither partner appears to be looking into their eyes, which may affect communication coordination,” the study said.

However, although the study suggests that there is a unique cognitive advantage to in-person collaboration, researchers still acknowledge that using virtual teams helps reduce the cost of mobility and real estate.

“There are tangible and immediate economic advantages to the virtual interaction,” the researchers stated. “To capture the best of both worlds, many workplaces are planning or currently combining in-person and virtual interaction…Our results suggest that in these mixed settings, it may make sense to prioritize generating creative ideas during in-person meetings.”


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The Ipsos survey showed that despite the economic advantages, not all Canadians want to work permanently from home. In fact, four in 10 (42 percent) say the pandemic has made them realize they are happiest when they work in the office.

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Perhaps surprisingly, nearly half (48 per cent) of 18-34 year olds say this is the case.

Simpson said the pandemic has made differences among younger Canadians.

“Almost half [of younger Canadians] say that [the pandemic has] “It affected them in some way…so it creates this divide for younger people with half saying they like flexibility and the other half saying they have bad influences from being more isolated at home,” Simpson said.

He said the Ipsos poll does not see this level of division between the older generations.

“It’s the younger people who split evenly in the middle,” Simpson said.

These are some of the results of an Ipsos survey conducted April 14-19, 2022 on behalf of Global News. In this survey, a sample of 585 working Canadians aged 18 and over were interviewed. Quotas and weight were used to ensure that sample composition reflected the composition of the Canadian population according to census criteria. The accuracy of Ipsos online surveys is measured using the Credibility Period. In this case, the poll is accurate to within ± 4.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, all employed Canadians over the age of 18 were surveyed. The validity period will be broader among subgroups of the population. All surveys and surveys from other sources may be subject to error, including, but not limited to, coverage error and measurement error.

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— with files from Anne Gaviola of Global

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2022-05-06 08:00:57

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