But the Robert Half survey found drawbacks: isolation, abuse of the benefit and strained interpersonal relationships

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Mario ToneguzziA survey by employment agency Robert Half says 65 per cent of Canadian professionals are more likely to accept a job offer it there’s the possibility of telecommuting at least some of the time.

That number was 79 per cent for people in the 18-to-34-year-old age bracket.

“The ability to work remotely is just one of many perks job seekers look for when considering a potential employer,” said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half, International Staffing Operations. “To appeal to top talent, managers must evaluate what candidates want against their total compensation package, and determine where they can incorporate benefits like flexible work options in ways that align with business goals and obligations.”

But the survey also found these top drawbacks of telecommuting: feeling isolated and missing a team environment (26 per cent), people abusing the benefit (20 per cent) and strained interpersonal relationships due to lack of face time (16 per cent).

Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.


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