What Canadians are saying about productivity

Inspired by our curiosity about the context of what a return to on-site work may feel like, we asked 36,242 professionals in Canada to share their current experiences and emotions about the future. We received 1,535 responses.

Question 7 asked about productivity in relation to working from home and working on-site. Take a look at the results…


Q7: In your opinion, are you more productive at home or in the office?

*For this question we are reporting on the 1,330 who worked mostly ON-SITE prior to COVID-19. Those already working from home more commonly were not considered because they had preconceived emotions and the necessary arrangements to do so effectively (3 people skipped the question).

75% of respondents said they were equally productive, if not more productive, working at home. Many have highlighted that there are less interruptions at home because there are no colleagues stopping by to chat. However, some noted that children and pets are enormous distractions.

In this question, employees are self-assessing their productivity, which poses some bias.

When working from home, there is a lack of division between “work” and “home” – as they bleed into each other without differentiation. According to an international study conducted by network service provider NordVPN Team, workers in the UK, France, Spain and Canada have increased their work day by an average of 2 hours since March 11th, with most starting their day earlier.

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-23/working-from-home-means-working-longer-hours-for-many-chart

This may be a result of not commuting, but it may also be a direct correlation with economic challenges faced by most organizations under COVID-19.


For the full results of our survey, view the PDF below. 

A Pulse on the Current Workforce

Curious about the context of what a return to on-site work may feel like, we asked 36,242 professionals in Canada to share their current experiences and emotions about the future.

Download our resource here