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As we know, the world of work has changed a lot since the start of the pandemic and young workers have taken a liking to their new habits. So much so that some consider quitting their job if their working conditions no longer suit them.

While nine out of ten young workers want to continue working from home full-time or in hybrid mode after the pandemic, a quarter of them would rather quit than return to the office five days a week, reveals a survey by the Regroupement des jeunes chambres de commerce du Québec (RJCCQ). 

Furthermore, four out of five workers also want to obtain greater flexibility in the organization of their schedule, whether in the number of hours worked according to the tasks to be done or the time of day when they are to be carried out. They want to get rid of the traditional 9 to 5, what.

“Young people have taken on new habits in teleworking which must remain,” underlines Pierre Graff, president and general manager of the RJCCQ. They crave flexibility, and employers must offer them if they want to attract talent, but above all, keep it.

As the telework obligation decreed by Quebec ends in less than a week, February 28, managers must quickly find solutions.

“We are fighting for talent and if we lose it for such a trivial issue as flexibility, it could be a major issue for employers who will not understand this reality, especially in the context of a labor shortage. “, explains the CEO of the RJCCQ.

Paradigm shift 

What these data testify is that a real paradigm shift takes place, believes Pierre Graff. According to him, workers are now prioritizing the pursuit of well-being and the balance between personal life and work. 

So much so that many would be ready to take a pay cut if it allowed them to better reconcile their personal life and their work. was pretty much everyone's goal. But through our series of surveys, we realized quite quickly that there was a paradigm shift, since 80% of young workers said that they now prioritize their personal life. The career side tends to fade,” he says.

Knowing this, it is necessary to put in place “alternative management methods” that go beyond salary increases to be able to deal with the phenomenon of labor shortage, says Pierre Graff.

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“The workers have the big end of the stick” 

The context of labor shortages also means that it is the workers who currently have the big end of the stick to get the working conditions they want, says Pierre Graff.

Again, employers need to know what their employees want. The RJCCQ probe shows that there is a big shortfall in terms of employee feedback to their employer. Only 35% of workers can speak out anonymously about their needs through employee satisfaction surveys, for example.

While the responsibility lies with the employer to put such an initiative in place, an employee should not hesitate to report their comments to their manager, at the very least to open a dialogue on what is possible to implement as flexible working conditions.

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