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Working from home comes with many distractions. MoMoProductions/Digital Vision via Getty Images

Surveys of scientists show women and young academics suffered most during pandemic and may face long-term career consequences

Many scientists stuck at home during university closures dealt with increased domestic responsibilities. But some groups had it worse than others.
Legislation on the right to disconnect sounds promising. But does it really address why workers are putting in so many hours long after their work day should be done? (Victoria Heath/Unsplash)

The right to disconnect: Why legislation doesn’t address the real problems with work

The right to disconnect can be the catalyst an organization needs to review its workplace policies. But what’s really needed is a cultural shift that gives workers more control over how they work.
Listening is often referred to as a muscle — it has to be developed. Building good listening skills can be a boon to any workplace. (Alexander Suhorucov/Pexels)

How ‘deliberate listening’ builds bonds between managers and workers

With the rise of remote and hybrid work, employees are more isolated than ever. Here’s how ‘deliberate listening’ can help create a foundation for collaboration in this changing world of work.
People are shoulder to shoulder inside a city bus while commuting at rush hour during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

As people continue working from home, the monthly transit pass needs to change to remain worth it

Increasing even part-time remote work disrupts public transit revenue. Agencies need to adapt fare structures and business models to meet the changing work market.
The likelihood of commuting during both peak periods was slightly lower for telecommuters than for workers who commuted to work. (Shutterstock)

Telecommuting can reduce congestion, but might create other traffic problems

The potential benefits of telecommuting could quickly be erased because of the behavioural changes it brings about in the medium and long term.
Some workers, irritated that their employers didn’t trust their work habits during the COVID-19 pandemic, may be thinking of jumping ship once the crisis passes. Here’s how organizations can build morale and stop valued employees from leaving. (Shutterstock)

4 ways companies can avoid post-pandemic employee turnover

The post-pandemic return to work will provide an opportunity for employers and employees to reconsider relationships. Here’s how organizations can build morale and stop valued employees from leaving.
For workplace teams returning to the office post-pandemic, it will still be important to protect the benefits of remote work: uninterrupted time for strategically important projects, and respect for personal preferences. (Pixabay)

How to create effective, engaged workplace teams after the COVID-19 pandemic

Post-pandemic, the world of work will probably never be the same again. And that’s probably a good thing. We now have an opportunity to make it better.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that many jobs can be performed remotely. It’s time to consider moving federal goverment positions into other regions of the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Is it time to move Ottawa out of Ottawa?

If work doesn’t need to be done in Ottawa-area offices, does it need to be done in Ottawa at all?
The hesitancy of companies towards distance can lead to situations that are detrimental to the well-being and performance of teleworkers. Shutterstock

To demonstrate their commitment, teleworkers are making themselves more available than ever

In a context where physical presence is still highly valued, employees are extending their working hours to gain the trust of their superiors.

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