Survey of Canadians working from home due to Covid-19 solicits positive responses

The team at ClickMeeting – specialists in video conferencing, online meetings and webinar software designed to bring students, customers and team members together – recently researched the state of our nation as we continue to work and learn remotely. Its timely survey provided some fascinating insights on working and learning remotely in Canada. ClickMeeting also has easy-to-follow printable PDF eBooks and a host of other resources that will help to kick-start online events. You’ll also find helpful guides on best practices, tips and tricks. Here are just some of the survey’s findings:

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• During the pandemic, not surprisingly, there’s been a huge surge in online events taking place with a 375% increase each week and a 560% increase in online audience sizes since the start of the pandemic. In fact, in March alone, the number of webinars organized on ClickMeeting reached nearly a quarter of a million!

• Remote-work employers around the world are coping with previous times (when most employees were physically present at work), and future work environments (when a vaccine will open the possibility of a safe return to the traditional workplace). Yet even when that happens, remote work will have earned a permanent place in the employment mix, the survey revealed.

• Just 19% of those currently working remotely would choose to return to an office during the current pandemic.

• 56% of respondents enjoy remote work and view the ‘hybrid’ work model as an ideal working environment – and one that increases productivity and trust among employees. However, only 27% of respondents preferred an office environment. This presents companies with two challenges. First, how to manage remote-working conditions amid the uncertainty of today, and second, how to prepare for and optimize the ‘hybrid’ working models of tomorrow in which fully in-person and remote work will be the two ends of a fluid spectrum of options.

• The survey also revealed some interesting statistics about remote work. The ‘hybrid’ workforce (working partly at home and partly at the office) was an ideal model for 46% of survey respondents. About 30% preferred purely remote work, while 19% preferred an in-person office environment.

• 74% of people who took part in the survey expect compensation for using their personal Internet, furniture or equipment. And, 28% feel that they should receive a higher salary for working at home.

Educational preferences

• In the realm of education, a combination of conventional and virtual classrooms was an ideal option for 60%, whereas 25% of respondents preferred traditional in-person, at-school education. Only 6% preferred online-only learning.

• Schools and universities are not prepared for online education, according to 44% of respondents, but it’s only a matter of small investments to catch up.

• However, 33% believed that schools are ready to teach online, and the remaining 23% said that there are too many issues that need major improvements.

• With the pandemic is set to continue for at least the next school term, 49% of those surveyed think that schools should only continue online courses for the foreseeable future, and 28% worry about their children returning to school and believe that education should be taken virtually for now.

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