In-person return to work is controversial among federal public servants

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In-person return to work is controversial among federal public servants

Several public servants who have adapted well to working from home due to COVID-19 have said in interviews that it is a controversial issue.

Rumors of x27;a mandatory partial return to the offices of federal departments worries and irritates some officials.

Until now, departments made their own decisions about remote work and the applicable hybrid formula, with several having opted for telework.

However, thoughts of a possible hybrid formula requirement, which could mean two to three days of in-person work per week in the office, are generating intense debate within the federal public service.

Several public servants who have adapted well to working from home due to COVID-19 have said in interviews that it is a controversial issue, especially because the pandemic is still raging.

Candice Tremblay, who works at the Department of Justice, is only required to report to the office once a week at present. This single mom, who has had to contend with constant school closures during the pandemic, says work-life balance is much better today.

I wish everyone could have that option, but some jobs just don't allow it, said Ms. Tremblay.

She received an email from her union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, who informed her of a possible upcoming change. The union said it is ready to fight for the rights of its members.

However, on social media, some people expressed the opposite opinion, saying that if employees were hired to work in person, it shouldn't be a problem now.

Chris Aylward, national president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, believes it's not that simple. For many people who work remotely, returning in person means longer commute times, the need to rearrange already established schedules, and the need to readapt to metro-work.

Chris Aylward, National President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (archives)

M. Aylward says that while this is all speculation at the moment, the union is nervous since several rumors in the past have proven to be true. We have been working remotely for two and a half years and we are doing it effectively, he pleaded. federal civil service administration, said last month that the hybrid formula was here to stay. His cabinet indicated Monday that it would not comment on the file for the moment.

Mr. Aylward contacted Treasury Board last Friday for more information, but was told no announcement was expected.

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