More than half (55 per cent) of Canadians employers say they want their employees to work onsite full time as coronavirus pandemic restrictions ease, according to a new survey by Robert Half.

The survey, which polled more than 800 senior managers, found 44 per cent said they support long-term hybrid schedules and employees’ ability to choose where they work. Managers at large companies with 1,000 or more employees are most open to flexibility at 54 per cent.

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A separate research from Robert Half found a full return to office may lead to more resignations. Polling more than 500 Canadian employees, it found 53 per cent of those currently working from home would look for a new job that offers remote options if their company required employees to return to the office five days a week. Millennial professionals (68 per cent) and working parents (59 per cent) are most likely to quit if called back.

“It’s clear professionals want continued flexibility in where and how they work — however, some companies appear to be out of sync with their employees’ priorities as they plan for the future,” said David King, Canadian senior managing director of Robert Half, in a press release.

“In today’s tight talent market, eliminating remote work options will only make hiring and retention more challenging. Employers need to move past the idea that collaboration and innovation only happen in the office and recognize that people are more engaged and motivated when they have a say in where they work.”

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