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RTO Mandates Risk Employee Alienation

Four years post-pandemic, employers advocating for return-to-office mandates face potential employee alienation, as over half of Canadian workers prefer some form of remote work, a LinkedIn survey reveals.

The survey, conducted from September to December 2023 with 2,658 Canadian professionals, found 58% favour either a hybrid (33%) or fully remote (25%) work setup, significantly higher than the 20% working from home as per a Statistics Canada report. Meanwhile, 39% prefer mostly onsite work. This preference varies by age, with Gen Z and millennials favouring hybrid models, Gen X leaning towards fully remote, and boomers preferring onsite work.

The trend also reflects a desire for flexibility among parents and an environmental benefit, potentially reducing household greenhouse gas emissions by 12%.

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