The Globe and Mail reports in its Thursday edition that the skyscrapers and underground tunnels of Toronto's financial district will remain quiet throughout the fall as banks, law firms and accounting companies take a cautious approach to reopening head offices.
A triple-bylined item led by Mark Rendell quotes TD Bank saying that employees working from home should expect to continue working remotely "until the end of the calendar year, and possibly into 2021," according to a staff memo. Return-to-work procedures have become part of the weekly conversations Stuart Raftus, chief administrative officer at Canaccord Genuity, is having with his staff.
About 30 per cent of the investment dealer's employees in Vancouver have returned to the office, but just 12.5 per cent in Toronto.
"The word that comes to mind when we discuss the return to work policy is fluid," he told The Globe. "It was a lot easier to get people to stop working in the office, and set them up to work from home, than it is to get people back into the office from a logistics and safety perspective."
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada's largest law firm, has installed plexiglass walls in high-traffic areas such as reception desks and mailrooms.
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