Summary of the event produced by The Globe and Mail’s Events Team. The Globe editorial staff was not involved.
According to Statistics Canada, a relatively small number of Canadians (about 4%) were permanently working from home before the closures of the COVID-19 pandemic. That number, of course, swelled in 2020 to around 40 percent of workers, and continued to be relatively high with around a quarter of Canadians still working remotely in the summer and fall of 2021. All through pandemic, these increases and contractions in remote work numbers have led to an in-depth reassessment of what it means to be part of an organization when you can perform your tasks from home, and have raised important questions about the benefits and disadvantages of an office environment when it comes to fostering a sense of belonging and strengthening teamwork.
To reflect on what we’ve learned over the past 18 months and what elements of remote working have the potential to change working life in Canada in the long term, The Globe and Mail has assembled a panel of experts to participate in a conversation. live. with Opinion Content Editor Adrien lee. Panelists included Paula allen, senior vice president and global leader in research and total wellness at LifeWorks; Jason brommet, Head of Modern Work and Security for Microsoft Canada; Linda nazareth, renowned economist and senior researcher in economics and demographic change at the Macdonald Laurier Institute; and Jean-Simon Venne, Chief Technology Officer of BrainBox AI in Montreal.
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