Throughout the pandemic, USJE fought to ensure the smallest footprint possible in our members’ workplaces so as to keep our members safe. What was learned from the resulting small footprint is that the vast majority of USJE members can successfully meet their work objectives by working, at least partially, from home. As workplaces begin to establish the “new normal”, USJE will continue to fight for hybrid working arrangements for members who would like to work from home.
In support of this, USJE launched a new normal workplace safety survey in January of 2022. Thanks to the over 500 respondents from 12 different departments, USJE has been able to compile the following data:
- 9 out of 10 members indicate that they are successfully able to meet their work objectives while working from home;
- 2 out of 5 members believe they could be equally successful in meeting their present work objectives if they worked more days a week from home than they presently do;
- 3 out of 5 members have concerns for their health and safety due to the number of days they are working in their workplaces; and
- 4 out of 5 members indicate that there is no clear policy regarding how many days a week they can work from home.
It is clear that the employer must, with the involvement of USJE, create clear policies regarding working from home. USJE is committed to continuing to advocate for our members with the Minister’s office, the CSC and RCMP Commissioners and the leadership of all departments in which our members work. USJE will continue to fight for the possibility of hybrid working arrangements for those members who would like to work from home.