New LinkedIn Data Reveals Canadian’s Post-Pandemic Office Expectations

As most of Canada continues its reopening from coronavirus-related closures, more employers are making plans to bring remote employees back to the office or physical workplace. But are employers and their employees on the same page?

In the latest edition of the Workforce Confidence Index, LinkedIn looked at what employers are planning and sharing for reopening, and what the workforce has to say about it. LinkedIn also asked Canadian professionals across different industries whether they thought their companies would be better or worse off in six months.

  • Nearly a third of employees still in the dark on office return – 10% have been told that they won’t be returning to the physical workplace within that period, while a further 33% of employees said they’ve been left in the dark
  • The biggest draws of the physical workplace were opportunities to collaborate on work in person (66%) and the chance to socialize with others in person (65%).
  • Workers in finance remained the most optimistic about the future for their employers over this period, education, health care and public administration workers were the least confident that the situation for their employers would improve.

For the full results, including generational and gender-based viewpoints, read the report here. Research methodology is as follows:

LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index is based on a quantitative online survey that is distributed to members via email every two weeks.

Roughly 10,000+ members respond each wave, based in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, India and Australia. Members are randomly sampled and must be opted into research to participate.

Students, stay-at-home partners & retirees are excluded from analysis so we’re able to get an accurate representation of those currently active in the workforce. We analyze data in aggregate and will always respect member privacy. 

Individual confidence index scores are calculated by assigning each respondent a score (-100, -50, 0, 50, 100) based on how much they agree or disagree with each of three statements, and then finding the composite average score across all statements.

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