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Ten years ago, Nola Simon caught an unlucky break that gave her an extended preview of the future.
Back then, she was taking part in a pilot project at her workplace, which allowed participants to work from home some of the time.
A foot injury left her unable to drive for a bit, forcing her to do all of her work at home.
“I was actually the only person in the whole company that was working [at home] five days a week,” said Simon, a consultant based in Keswick, Ont., who works with businesses on hybrid and remote work matters.
Flexible work would later become the norm for Simon, as it has for millions of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Yet a growing number of workers are facing a shift in their workplace arrangements, as the lifting of pandemic restrictions permits their return to the office.
At the same time, they’re dealing with the impact of inflation, which is making that return more expensive.