The purpose of this report is to dispel myths concerning remote work and encourage local employers to adopt innovative work strategies to better accommodate their employees.

Remote work is defined as working outside of a central office operated by the employer, whether that be from home or in a shared office space elsewhere. Implementing or maintaining remote work in our community post-COVID can prove to be beneficial for both employers and employees, if done correctly. Therefore, it is essential to understand the many misconceptions attributed to remote work and the various ways in which remote work can improve productivity, boost worker satisfaction, and reduce costs for employers. The efficacy of a remote work environment may vary depending on the staff, industry, and level of collaborative work, but the numerous benefits make remote work an initiative worth pursuing.

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“As we see a growing interest from employees and jobseekers for remote work and work from home employment, employers need to understand how their workforce can grow from these opportunities. Improving onboarding and orientation for remote employees will ensure that employers can benefit from this opportunity to address recruitment and retention challenges.”

  • Tashlyn Teskey, Manager of Research Projects, Workforce WindsorEssex
  • << Alors que nous constatons un intérêt croissant de la part des employeurs et des demandeurs d’emploi pour le travail à distance et à domicile, les employeurs doivent comprendre comment leur main d’œuvre puisse croître à partir de ces opportunités. L’amélioration de l’orientation et de l’intégration des travailleurs à distance et à domicile assurera que les employés pourront profiter de cette occasion pour relever les défis de recrutement et rétention.>>
    • Tashlyn Teskey, Responsible de projets de recherche, Workforce WindsorEssex

“There’s a growing misconception that remote work only benefits employees and it does so at the expense of productivity, but remote work can be just as advantageous for employers. If we can close the gap between what employees want and what employers need, everyone can benefit from a stronger work environment, an increase in job satisfaction, a drop in attrition, and a reduction of overhead costs through a remote work model.”

  • Kal Fakhreddin, Local Board Research Associate, Workforce WindsorEssex

<<Il y a une idée fausse croissante selon laquelle le travail à distance ne profite qu’aux employés et qu’il le fait au détriment de la productivité. Par contre le travail à distance peut être tout aussi avantageux pour les employeurs. Si nous pouvons combler l’écart entre ce que les employés veulent et ce dont les employeurs ont besoin, tout le monde peut bénéficier d’un environnement de travail plus solide, d’une augmentation de la satisfaction au travail, d’une baisse de l’attrition et d’une réduction des frais généraux grâce à un modèle de travail à distance.>>

  • Kal Fakhreddin, Associée de recherche du conseil local, Workforce WindsorEssex

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About the Author

Mikal (Kal) Fakhreddin is a Local Board Research Associate. She has a BA[H] in International Relations and Development Studies with minors in French and Sociology from the University of Windsor, where she is currently completing her Masters in Political Science. Kal’s studies have sparked an ardent interest in diversity and migration in the region, and she is excited to learn from and contribute to the research team at Workforce WindsorEssex.



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