The percentage of Canadians who worked exclusively from home decreased from 24 per cent in January 2022 to 19 per cent in April, while just six per cent said they’re in a hybrid work arrangement, according to a survey by Statistics Canada.

The survey, which polled 49,000 working Canadians, found nine in 10 (88 per cent) employees who worked exclusively at home during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic said it was easy or very easy for them to fulfill personal obligations during their workday. A vast majority (84 per cent) of employees with a hybrid arrangement also enjoyed a high amount of flexibility, while only six in 10 (61 per cent) employees who worked exclusively in the workplace felt the same.

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Despite the greater flexibility afforded to teleworkers and the higher prevalence of regular daytime hours, they were just as likely as in-person workers to indicate that they had sometimes, often or always found it difficult to fulfill their family responsibilities because of the amount of time they spent working (32 per cent compared to 30 per cent, respectively), which could be attributed to the challenge of maintaining a separation between work and home in a remote working setting or that a large percentage of these workers are in full-time positions, the survey noted.

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