The Montreal Chamber of Commerce announces the end of remote work for its employees

Finally, Elon Musk may not have gotten everything wrong. Like the head of Twitter, Montreal Chamber of Commerce management (CCMM) has announced the end of public remote work and now expects its employees to return to working in the office full time.

The decision was communicated to approximately 105 home employees yesterday morning. from 1any May, that is, in twelve days, the most important group of Montreal businessmen wants their premises in the World Trade Center to become, as before, “the regular workplace of their employees.”

Michel LeBlanc, CEO of the Metropolitan Montreal Trades Council, tells business owners:

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“We have to stop being afraid,” Michel LeBlanc, CEO of the Metropolitan Montreal Trades Council, tells business owners.

“It’s kind of a return to working downtown full-time,” he sums up in an interview with its CEO, Michel LeBlanc. Full-time, of course, but with all the flexibility the remote work experience has afforded us during the pandemic, he immediately ditches.

temporary growl

For just over a year, the Chamber has embarked on a process of gradually returning its teams face-to-face. Today, its employees are required to report to the office no fewer than three days a week, two of which are determined by management. After this limit – from the fourth day – employees benefit from payment by their employer for their monthly public transport card.

“There were of course some grumblings at first, he admits. But while some threatened to leave, he says, others came to work with us precisely because they could no longer tolerate the isolation at home. Many of them — especially early in their careers — understood that choosing Working remotely means depriving themselves of a lot of learning, [ce] Which, in the long run, risks limiting their career prospects.

Despite Quebec’s perceived lag compared to other major cities in the country, the chamber’s senior chair says he feels a desire among business leaders here to return to pre-pandemic practices. Two weeks ago, Royal Bank of Canada announced to its staff at the head office in Toronto that their presence in the office was henceforth required up to four days a week, to keep it competitive.

Stop being afraid

He also expects the Chamber’s approach to be emulated by several other companies in the coming weeks or months. It thus calls on all levels of government (federal, regional and municipal), especially lagging behind the private sector in this regard, to adopt policies without delay to accelerate the return of their employees to workplaces.

The main office of RBC in Toronto.

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The main office of RBC in Toronto.

According to Michel LeBlanc, even if employees have a feeling — often rightly — that they are doing work that is similar or better than what they did before, more and more organizations are seeing a real decline in the group’s productivity and competitiveness against competitors, in the US on For example, where remote work has not become widespread.

For companies, I tell them to stop being afraid. You will not lose your employees. On the contrary, by asking them to return to the office, to make it their regular workplace, you enhance your organizational culture, your ability to integrate newcomers as well as retain your employees. You do not lose, on the contrary; You have to memorize what you’ve learned and take the means to stay in the race.”

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