Posted yesterday at 8am
I work in the IT sector in the Quebec region and the reality is that the return to face-to-face will not happen.
Teleworking is finally here, it is now part of the working conditions of many major players in the region. I don’t think it’s a generation issue either, I’m 46 and I don’t know anyone my age who wants to return to the office on a regular basis, be it in IT or business.
New hires and work organization are now based on telework. What worries me is that this new reality is not being taken into account in the development of urban planning. Both the Quebec streetcar projects and the third link are rooted in a reality where people commute downtown for work.
Face-to-face office work will decline significantly over the next decade, it is already happening, and it will be even more so when the government abolishes mandatory face-to-face communication (pilot projects are already underway).
Face-to-face work is less effective than remote work and we waste a lot of time on the go. Also, most of the time we do video conferencing in the office. The management structure in large companies today is often matrix and employees are rarely all present at the same time.
Yves Malenfant, IT professional who has worked for two large companies and for the government for the past three years
Young and happy in the office
I am about to complete my legal training and this summer I had the opportunity to work in a large law firm in Montreal. This statistic surprises me because the majority of my fellow interns and students were very enthusiastic about working in person in the office, despite the possibility of teleworking! Most of us were very happy to be downtown for dinner or drinks after work, not to mention the pleasure of being a nice “gang” together! The vast majority of young people in the office were present three days a week.
Better at home
After experiencing full-time telecommuting from March 2020 to October 2021 and then a return to hybrid mode for two days a week in the office, I’ve come to the conclusion that my happiness is one day in the office a week. I’m much more productive at home because I’m much less bothered by the blah-blah of my colleagues at the coffee machine. I have to drive two and a half hours every day to get to the office. I come home tired and just want to rest. Teleworking, I take my messages in the evenings when I have time and get up later the next day, not to mention lunch and clothes that I don’t have to prepare. My quality of life is much better at home than in the office.
Good for “newbies”
I work in a call center for a major tour operator downtown and we all have to be in the office at the same time two days a week. I find this option perfect for the sense of belonging to my team. The biggest advantage, in my opinion, is the welcoming of the newcomers. We can do shading [NDLR : du mentorat] on the same computers and on the phone with them and they are well surrounded by co-workers when they start. We are much more “human” in person than in version teams ; they feel warmly integrated and see how lucky we are to have them among us!
Annie Isabelle Gauthier
I had a choice of five days at home or one day at the office and four at home. I chose the second formula because I told myself that I miss the office atmosphere; everyone’s hello in the morning and small talk. Unfortunately I can’t find that anymore. Large, well-equipped and well-decorated workspaces, but empty. Since my work is done individually, why travel to be almost alone in the office even if the employees meet to go to the office on the same day? Four to five people for a room that should hold more than a hundred. For the atmosphere we will come back.
Going back to the office two days a week is counterproductive in our case, especially to occupy ridiculously deserted offices, heated, lit, maintained with great effort for nothing, for two or three employees on the floor, the perfect and efficient of being able to work from home… on top of traffic picking up again as the pandemic has shown us bluer skies, the return of birds, not to mention having to pay for expensive gas while we look for ways to help the environment rescue…. it is nonsense. And a great missed opportunity to reduce costs, waste and pollution.
Christine Alain, Quebec
No added value in the office
I work in IT as a programmer for a large food company in Quebec, I’m 41 years old. Since May 2022, a hybrid working mode (one day a week in the office) has been in place so that we can see our team members regularly. The day I go to the office is completely useless to me. On Wednesday I spent more than half of my day in meetings teams with people in person and others at home. So I come to the office to do a gig. I have no added value if I sit in a large room with the others. In terms of productivity, it doesn’t even compare! When I’m at home, I often start earlier and often finish a little later (not exaggerating). When I get to the office I can’t come earlier or leave later as I have my 9 year old son at home.
Marc Andre career