Poll: telecommuting is here to stay

Survey: telework is here to stay

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The “Working together” report from the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ) reveals the growing popularity of teleworking among young workers in Quebec, as well as its weaknesses. 

Without dividing Quebec workers, the question of the permanence of teleworking distinguishes those who hope for it from those who fear it.

A survey by the RJCCQ and Léger lifts the veil on the future hoped for by young professionals in their workplace.

Telecommuting highly appreciated

Although the initiative was introduced in a difficult pandemic context, the popularity of telecommuting does not seem to be waning with the return to the office.

In fact, 66% of young professionals who have worked remotely hope to continue doing so full-time, according to the survey, while 33% would prefer a hybrid model, i.e. sharing between home and the office.

The reasons given are those of work-life balance, that of “having more time”, and that of the savings made by avoiding having to travel to the office.

When it comes to choosing an employer, 53% of young workers consider working conditions, including salary and benefits, to be the most important research element.

The other side of the coin

Although it is hailed with praise by some, telework is not without flaws in the eyes of respondents. Indeed, 35% of new employees under the age of 35 surveyed believe that the “more difficult” integration represents the main disadvantage of teleworking, while 33% designate “the difficulty of imposing one's own limits on the hours worked” as being the main annoyance.

The office would also help 43% of respondents aged 16-24 to improve their productivity, their well-being and their ability to “integrate into the labor market”.

The lack of real contact, caused by teleworking, can lead to a lack of social contact among some young people, according to the RJCCQ.

Thus, the mental health of 42% of young people aged 16 to 35 would not have improved since the pandemic period. The portrait is less gloomy for the 36 to 64 year olds who believe that 58% of them have recovered their mental health.

“It's quite worrying, it really seems that it's a consequence of the pandemic, the confinements and the loss of social life for those who were studying,” lamented Pierre Graff, president and CEO of the RJCCQ, in an interview with the QMI Agency.

As a result, 30% of young workers under 35 consider “the measures taken by their employer to promote their mental health” to be insufficient, i.e. access to psychological support, therapeutic consultations and the possibility of maintaining an open dialogue. about it.

“Fifty years ago there were not enough jobs available for everyone in the labor market. Today we have an opposite imbalance. […] So inevitably it brings a situation of comfort which is reflected in the statistic that 62% of young professionals prioritize their personal life over work,” explained Mr. Graff, when asked if the profile of the contemporary worker has drastically changed since then. 50 years old.

At least 600 respondents from the labor market aged 16 to 35 were surveyed on their preferences in terms of working conditions, according to the press release.

The RJCCQ has conducted three surveys since 2021, with the help of Léger, in order to draw “a global portrait of the interests and needs of young people with regard to working conditions”.