What Canadians are saying about the cost savings of working from home

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.

Questions 8 and 9 of the survey discussed the cost savings people are experiencing as a result of working from home full-time. Take a look at the results…


Q8: How much money do you think you save by working from home full-time? (Think gas, lunch, clothing, parking, etc.)

*For this question we are reporting on the 1,332 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 (1 person skipped the question).


Q9: What is your number one cost savings?

*For this question we are reporting on the 1,328 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 (5 people skipped the question).

The biggest cost savings is clearly transportation: parking/gas and public transit adds up to 70% of respondents.

Here’s the challenge employees may face when they return to work on-site only part of the time after COVID: do they invest in a monthly parking pass? Do they purchase a monthly transit pass? Will carpooling still work? Will Uber, Lyft and ride sharing be available?

We’re asking our clients what they are contemplating in this regard. One employer is considering each employee working one month on-site and one-month off-site so that employees can share an expensive downtown parking spot, and also share one office space that is sanitized between monthly use.

We’re wondering out loud about commute times: will they increase as people are afraid of public transit due to health fears, or will they decrease as so few people are commuting (due to work from home arrangements)?

As for food, it’s interesting to note that men are saving almost twice as much money on lunch compared to women (28% male vs. 16% women).


 

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