Back to the office: rising trend in downtown Montreal, according to CCMM

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Back to the office: upward trend in downtown Montreal, according to the CCMM

The presence of workers has increased sharply this fall, concludes the CCMM.

Some 81% of workers in downtown Montreal are back in the office at least one day a week. This rate was 47% a year ago, reveals a survey by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM), which sees it as “good news for downtown traffic.”

Several findings emerge, including one related to the organization of work: Hybrid modes are well established within companies, says the CCMM.

Already last May, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal noted that more and more downtown workers were abandoning full-time telecommuting in favor of a hybrid formula.

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Of returning workers, 63% show up at the office one to three days a week. Some 9% attend four days a week and 28% visit five days a week.

The survey also reveals that 46% of companies have a return plan that requires being in the office at least one day a week, while 44% let employees determine when they come.

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Even if these figures seem to favor a trend towards a certain return to the office, full-time in-person work will not be favored in the near future.

According to this survey, of the 46% of companies that require a certain presence, 93% answer that they will request a presence of one to three days between now and the holidays. Only 4% of these companies plan to require attendance five days a week.

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However, we learn that 29% of managers are worried about a loss of productivity linked to teleworking, identifying at 52% the loss of team spirit, 32% the loss of commitment and 25% the lack of collaboration between colleagues.

The last sounding, carried out by the firm Léger between September 12 and 23, 2022, is based on a sample of 609 managers and employees located on the island of Montreal aged 18 and over who can speak French or English.

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