World news – Canadians working from home during the pandemic report productive, longer work weeks: StatCan

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TORONTO –
Recent Statistics Canada polls show that people who started working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic are just as productive as at work, but a significant proportion work longer.

The StatCan study found that 90 percent of new teleworkers reported doing as much work, if not more, per hour compared to their time at work.

Among those who reported lower productivity while working from home, preliminary data showed that the biggest factors were lack of interaction with colleagues, childcare, problems accessing work-related information, extra steps to get things done, a poor workspace, and poor ones Internet speeds were.

« Because these numbers are based on a relatively small sample, they are best interpreted as providing preliminary rather than definitive evidence of the barriers to productivity that new teleworkers face. » The study found.

The results of the latest study are in line with recent research from the United States, which found that 84.7 percent of people who work from home due to COVID-19 are at least as productive. 41.2 percent of those surveyed said they had increased efficiency.

In terms of working hours, 35 percent of Canadians said they worked longer from home, compared to just three percent who said their working weeks were shorter in the pandemic.

New teleworkers also seem to enjoy working from home. The research found that 80 percent of teleworkers want to work from home for at least half of their hours after the pandemic ends. 15 percent said that they would like to work from home permanently.

The major exception to this notion are teachers, 54 percent of whom said they would like to spend most or all of their working hours away from home after the pandemic ended.

According to StatCan, 32 percent of Canadian employees ages 15 to 69 were working from home for most of their schedule by early 2021. The agency’s labor force survey found that 3.1 million Canadians were temporarily working from home as of February. 2021.

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