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Half of Canadians would look for another job if forced back to the office: survey

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More than half of Canadians say they'd look for another job if their employer forced them back to the office full-time. And almost one-quarter say they would quit on the spot if they were asked to return to the office.

The details come from the results of an Angus Reid Institute survey released Thursday, March 23, that found Canadians are more reluctant to return to the office than they were last year.

In the summer of 2021, almost 40 per cent of Canadians said they'd "roll with it" and return to the office full-time without complaints.

However, the recent Angus Reid survey suggests attitudes have changed, with only 29 per cent of people surveyed saying they "roll with it" now.

"Overall, Canadians are more likely to say the work from home experience has not hurt their productivity... though they are more split when it comes to its effect on their connections with colleagues," Angus Reid says.

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Eighty per cent of Canadians say their productivity when working from home is "good" or "great" with 50 per cent saying the same about their digital connection with colleagues.

However, 50 per cent say the digital connection has been "challenging" or "awful."

Just under 60 per cent say they've had no trouble staying in the loop on projects, with 41 per cent saying it was a struggle.

"However, perhaps it is the non-work considerations that are the more significant reasons workers from home are less than enthused to return to the office full time," the release says.

Those who work from home are more likely to say that their work/life balance, as well as their relationship with their spouse and life overall has improved during the pandemic.

Thirty-five per cent of people working from home say their work/life balance is good, compared to 21 per cent that doesn't work from home.

"The great home-office reorganization brought on by the pandemic wasn’t the only effect COVID-19 had on the job market. Public health restrictions forced many businesses to close, and many Canadians lost their jobs. More than one-third of Canadians (35 per cent) say they left or quit their job during the pandemic," the release says.

For those who lost their job, 30 per cent, say their mental health is "a lot" worse than two years ago - twice the number that stayed in the same job.

While 30 per cent of those who lost their jobs say they are in a "bad" or "terrible" shape, 58 per cent of Canadians say they come through the pandemic in "good" shape financially.

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