According to the study, there is also a misunderstanding between workers and their managers over what employees value and need in Canadian workplaces.
TORONTO — Employers in Canada are struggling to convince their people to work from the office but are overlooking a willingness from employees to return in a four-day working week, according to a study by Unispace.
Returning for Good, a Unispace Global Workplace Insights report found that half of workers are in the office four or more days a week, but just 31 per cent like being in the workplace this regularly. The disconnect between what employees want and the work set-up on offer is a potential driver, as 41 per cent of employees currently “hot-desk,” or share a workstation with other employees, but 79 per cent suggested they would be more inclined to head into the office if they were given their own assigned desk.
According to the study, there is also a misunderstanding between workers and their managers over what employees value and need in Canadian workplaces; more than half (55 per cent) of the employees surveyed feel reluctant to return to the office, above the global average of 51 per cent, with the main factors including a lack of privacy (34 per cent), lower levels of productivity (29 per cent) and feeling they are less effective in a busier working environment (28 per cent).