New research says many Canadians working harder, longer hours since COVID

It turns out that the pandemic can’t slow Canadians down. In fact, the opposite is true. New research finds that since many people transitioned to remote work, they find themselves working longer hours than ever before. (However, many of these workers are starting to feel their efforts are under-appreciated.) The team at Robert Half surveyed…

The most common video conference pet peeves

Are you sick of Zoom meetings yet? It turns out that many Canadians are. A new study from staffing firm Robert Half shows that video calls are starting to grate on workers. Almost three-quarters of professionals surveyed (72 per cent) said they participate in regular virtual meetings. Those respondents reported spending about a quarter of…

How to impress employers looking to hire remote workers

It looks like working from home is here to stay for many companies and workers. This adds a whole new challenge for your resume to overcome in catching the eye of potential employers. Not only do you have to demonstrate that you are the best person for the job, but you also have to show…

Survey: Workers confess what they are really up to during virtual meetings

Remember meetings? Those time-consuming get togethers that would interrupt your work several times throughout most days at the office? While we did like to grumble about them, regular business meetings did have their advantages. Many of these benefits are becoming clearer now that the vast majority of meetings have gone virtual because of COVID-19. For…

Survey: Remote workers admit to slacking off (and worse)

Can you resist the temptations and distractions available when working from home? Staying productive in the relatively unsupervised environment of your home office takes discipline. You have your household projects nearby, your family at home, and easy access to all your entertainment devices. With many more people teleworking right now, it seems that many are…

Stats Can: Less than 40 per cent of Canadians can possibly work from home

The physical distancing rules we’ve all been following in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in a large number of Canadians working from home, many for the first time. This sudden transition to how we do business raises interesting questions about just how many jobs can reasonably be done remotely. While…

Study: People can’t remember the last time they wore pants

Have you noticed a number of new phrases and words entering your vocabulary lately? Suddenly you can’t turn on the radio or look at a screen without encountering a reference to ‘physical distancing,’ ‘covidiots,’ and ‘flattening the curve.’ I saw a new one over the weekend. Social media users were referring to ‘hard pants.’ It…

Red flags that a work-from-home opportunity is actually a scam

The past few weeks have taught us that many jobs can be successfully done from home. There is a host of tools and resources that make remote working and communicating easy. Recent surveys have shown that many Canadians would like this trend of remote work to continue even after the economy opens back up. Unfortunately,…