Monday, October 3, 2022

If you work from home on Mondays and Fridays, there’s a talismanic nickname for you. Nation World News

A trend is emerging among Canadian employees who split their time between working in their home and city offices – and it has gained a crude nickname.

When given the option, more hybrid workers stay in their soft pants on Mondays and Fridays, while the rest of the week gets dressed.

This new type of work schedule has become so popular, it has given rise to a crude acronym.

It is an acronym made up of the first letters of the days of the week these employees are in the office, which is a slang term for female genitalia: Teathat day, wooadnesday OneRa TeaThursday.

Better Than WTF (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)

Using anonymized location data from cellular phones, commercial real estate firm Avison Young is tracking the gradual return of downtown workers in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

A man crosses a street in downtown Toronto's business district.
According to Avison Young, foot traffic was light on Monday and Friday in urban centers such as Toronto. (Ivan Mitsui/CBC)

Over the past five months, those urban centers had the highest foot traffic on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – and the lightest on Mondays and Fridays.

In May, a similar sight was seen on public transit in three Canadian cities. In Toronto, the average boarding number on subway trains was 663,000 on Monday, compared to 751,000 on Thursday.

Also in May, the number of passengers taking the Toronto Metro south from Bloor-Yonge station was significantly lower on Mondays and Fridays than on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

According to TransLink’s numbers, people boarding buses and trains will peak in the middle of the week to depart downtown Vancouver between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and disembark on Mondays and Fridays.

Riders on Calgary buses followed a similar pattern, numbering from the city, falling in the middle of the week and on Mondays and Fridays.

TW-T workers mean coffee sales are down

With more employees setting their own schedules and working from home on Mondays and Fridays, some businesses that rely on office workers are feeling the pinch – such as Cecil Lau’s Coffee Kiosk, located in Calgary’s are located within a network of downtown walkways.


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“So [over] Last month, Monday and Friday are doing half the sales compared to mid-week — Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,” Lau said. “It looks like we’re working four days. But this is spending on the fifth day, because even if it is slow, I have to have staff here.”

If you work from home on Mondays and Fridays, there's a talismanic nickname for you. Nation World News
TW-T’s less often go out for fancy downtown coffee, whether in downtown Toronto or downtown Calgary. Don’t know if coffee shops in Nashville, as shown in this 2015 file photo, have the same problem. (Mark Humphrey / The Associated Press)

The caffeine purveyor said she is getting fewer requests to cater for corporate lunches on Monday and Friday, which she calls a big blow after two lean years of pandemic restrictions and office closures.

Lau wants to see the TW-T crowd turn back into the MTWTF crowd.

he told cbc radio the cost of living That it would be great if all his customers came back, looked at each other’s smiling faces and met in person. They will be able to more easily enjoy the benefits of enjoying a coffee in person rather than over a video call.

“Smell the scent,” said Lau.

Soft pants preferred on Monday and Friday: Survey

Between April 11 and May 2, 2022, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) surveyed riders about their intentions as they transitioned from working full-time to hybrid arrangements from home.

When asked which days riders prefer to work from home, a majority of those surveyed said Friday is followed by Monday. Wednesday and Thursday are ranked below Monday and Friday, with Tuesday being the least popular day to work from home.

A manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada, who asked to remain anonymous because he didn’t have permission to speak for his employer, said nearly everyone on his team would follow a Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday work-from-home schedule. obeys.

“After the weekend, you can rest, sleep” [and] take your time. And then Friday, stop working and enjoy the weekend.” the cost of living.

The ‘high-trust environment’ is a TW-T . can work for

Employers like software firm Wave Financial said that even if employees are resting their week (and weekend) by working from home on Mondays and Fridays, that doesn’t mean they aren’t doing their jobs.

If you work from home on Mondays and Fridays, there's a talismanic nickname for you. Nation World News
Ashira Gobrin, chief people and culture officer at Wave Financial, says the new normal for work at the company will be to allow the company’s 350 employees to do their jobs wherever they do their best work: at home or in the office. In. (Tina McKenzie/CBC)

“We have a high-trust environment,” said Ashira Gobrin, the company’s chief people and culture officer from her home in Toronto. “Everyone has proven that we can work productively from home.”

Wave Financial has approximately 350 employees throughout North America. Before the pandemic, those workers traveled to their offices daily. But since then, the company has taken a hybrid approach.

“We don’t want to tell people that they have to come back these days, or at these times. We want people to retain the flexibility they have enjoyed so much, and to be able to take ownership of the spaces that are their jobs. Best for,” said Gobrin.

According to Sissy Pau, a principal consultant at Clear HR Consulting in Vancouver, hybrid work is now a fact of life for many companies.

Pau’s view is that managers who force employees to return to the office on certain days need to be prepared to lose employees, because right now, due to labor shortages in some areas, many employees keep cards. Huh.

A woman of East Asian descent in a maroon dress poses for a headshot.
HR consultant Sissy Pau says that managers who aren’t flexible can lose out on employees who like the idea of ​​being TW-T. (Submitted by Jonetsu Studios/Sissi Pau)

“I think there’s going to be employees who say, ‘I’m not going to do this. It’s just not going to work with my life,'” Pau said.

“They have the flexibility for two years and … the staff can vote with their feet, they can walk, because there is such a dearth of talent.”

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