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According to Statistics Canada, a relatively small number of Canadians (around 4 per cent) worked permanently from home prior to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. This number, of course, ballooned in 2020 to around 40 per cent of workers, and has continued to be relatively high with around one-quarter of Canadians still working remotely in the summer and fall of 2021. Throughout the pandemic, these expanding and contracting remote work numbers have caused a thorough reevaluation of what it means to be part of an organization when you can complete your tasks from home, and has raised important questions about the pros and cons of an office environment when it comes to fostering a sense of belonging and strengthening teamwork.
To reflect on what we’ve learned over the past 18 months, and which elements of remote work are likely to alter working life in Canada on a long-term basis, The Globe and Mail gathered a group of experts to join in a live conversation with Opinion Content Editor Adrian Lee. Panelists included Paula Allen, Senior Vice-President and Global Leader of Research and Total Wellbeing at LifeWorks; Jason Brommet, Head of Modern Work and Security for Microsoft Canada; Linda Nazareth, a renowned economist and Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at the Macdonald Laurier Institute; and Jean-Simon Venne, Chief Technology Officer of Montreal’s BrainBox AI.
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