LinkedIn’s Latest Data Indicates Canadians Aren’t Convinced On The Return To The Workplace

As Canada’s businesses prepare a range of new protocols for reopening, how many workers would actually be willing to return to their physical workspaces? 

For LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence research, they asked participants across different industries and company sizes how they’d feel if they were allowed to go back – and what their top concerns would be if they did.  

One of the most notable findings indicated that Canadians working for the smallest companies with 1-10 employees (SMB) are the most confident about their employer’s outlook 6 months from now, while Canadians working for the largest companies with 10,000+ employees (enterprise) are by far the least confident about their employer’s outlook 6 months from now. 

Here are some of the major findings from the sixth edition of Canada’s Workforce Confidence Index: 

  • Compared to a month ago, the percentage of Canadians who think the ‘number of jobs they apply to will increase’ went up from 20% to 24% 
  • Similarly, the percentage of Canadians who think the ‘number of new jobs available will stay the same’ went up from 49% to 55% compared to a month ago 
  • Canadians working in Software & IT Services are the most confident (40), followed by Finance as second-most confident (39) and Construction as third-most (37) 
  • Employees in the education space are most likely to return as soon as possible (37) (though they may feel pressured to do so); Tech employees are most likely to continue staying away, with only (15) returning as soon as they are allowed 
  • Employees in Construction are least likely to have any concerns about returning to physical workplace (29); Consumer Goods/Retail employees are most likely to be concerned about working in close proximity to others (47) 

For the full results, visit here

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