Panel Discussion: Future of the Workplace after COVID-19
Date & Time
Thursday, October 7, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dr. Farzad Rayegani, P.Eng. FEC Melanie Lalonde, P.Eng. Jason Brooksbank, P.Eng. Dr. Kim Jones, Ph.D., P.Eng. Angela Wojtyla, P.Eng.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact on all facets of the economy. Research shows that the negative impacts of the pandemic on employees has been felt more significantly by women and members of equity-seeking groups. Balancing household responsibilities, concerns about career progression, safety, burnout, and a lack of connection are only some of the challenges employees have faced in the past two years.

In a study conducted by Statistics Canada, 80% of employees surveyed stated that they would prefer to work at least half of their hours from home once the pandemic ends. A recent study by PWC demonstrates the specific challenges faced by field workers, who are often left out of the work transformation discussions, as they have continued to work on-site during the pandemic.

Organizations are at a point of inflection, with the ability to transform working arrangements permanently. However, as decisions are made, it is important to consider: who benefits? How do organizations drive inclusion in this new reality? How will we build mechanisms that prevent the attrition of women and other under-represented groups in times of crisis? This panel will focus on the future of the workplace and ensuring transformation doesn’t leave anyone behind.