If you work from home on Mondays and Fridays, there is a cheeky nickname for you

A trend is emerging among Canadian employees who divide their time between working at home and at the center’s offices, and it has earned a nickname.

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

This new type of work schedule has become so popular that it has resulted in a raw abbreviation.

It is an acronym, formed by the first letters of the days of the week that these employees are in the office, which forms a slang term for female genitals: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Better than WTF (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Using anonymous cell phone location data, commercial real estate company Avison Young has tracked the gradual return of workers from downtown Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

Traffic on foot in urban centers, such as Toronto, was lighter on Mondays and Fridays, according to Avison Young. (Evan Mitsui / CBC)

Over the past five months, walking traffic in these urban centers has been heavier on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and lighter on Mondays and Fridays.

A pattern similar to public transportation in three Canadian cities was observed in May. In Toronto, the average number of boarding subway trains was 663,000 on Mondays compared to 751,000 on Thursdays.

Also in May, there were noticeably fewer passengers taking the Toronto subway south from Bloor-Yonge station to downtown on Mondays and Fridays, compared to Wednesdays and Thursdays.

People boarding buses and trains that will leave downtown Vancouver between 3pm and 6pm would have a peak in the middle of the week and drop off on Mondays and Fridays, according to TransLink numbers.

The number of users on Calgary buses followed a similar pattern, peaking in mid-week and falling on Mondays and Fridays, according to city numbers.

TW-T workers mean coffee sales have gone down

With more employees setting their own schedules and working from home on Mondays and Fridays, some companies that depend on office workers are feeling the pinch, such as Cecile Lau’s coffee kiosks, which are online of downtown Calgary catwalks.

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“Time [over] last month, Monday and Friday are doing half the sales compared to half a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, “Lau said.” It’s like we’re operating four days. But it is an expense on the fifth day, because even if it is slow, I have to put staff here ”.

TW-Ts go out for downtown luxury coffee less often, either in downtown Toronto or downtown Calgary. No idea if Nashville cafes, like the one shown in this 2015 archive photo, have the same problem. (Mark Humphrey / The Associated Press)

The caffeine provider said it is also receiving fewer requests to attend corporate lunches on Mondays and Fridays, which it calls a big blow after overcoming a few years of pandemic restrictions and office closures.

Lau would love to see the TW-T crowd become an MTWTF crowd again.

He told CBC Radio’s The Cost of Living that it would be much better for all of his clients to come back, see each other’s smiling faces and meet in person. They could also more easily enjoy the benefits of enjoying a coffee in person, rather than a video call.

“It smells like aroma,” Lau said.

Favorite soft pants Monday and Friday: poll

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

When asked what days motorists preferred to work from home, most respondents said Friday, followed closely by Monday. Wednesdays and Thursdays were below Monday and Friday, and the least popular day to work from home is Tuesday.

A manager of the Business Development Bank of Canada, who asked to remain anonymous as he was not allowed to speak on behalf of his employer, said almost all members of his team follow a work schedule from home on Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday.

“After the weekend, you can relax, sleep [and] take your time. And then on Fridays, stop working and enjoy the weekend, ”he told The Cost of Living.

“Highly trusted environment” can work for a TW-T

Employers like software company Wave Financial said that even if employees extend the week (and weekends) by working from home on Mondays and Fridays, that doesn’t mean they don’t do their job.

Ashira Gobrin, director of people and culture at Wave Financial, says the new normal to work for the company will be to allow the company’s 350 workers to do their jobs wherever they do their best jobs: at home or at work. office. (Tina MacKenzie / CBC)

“We have a very trusting environment,” said Ashira Gobrin, the company’s head of culture and staff, from her home in Toronto. “Everyone has shown that we can work productively from home.”

Wave Financial has about 350 employees in North America. Before the pandemic, these 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 these times. We would like people to keep the flexibility they’ve enjoyed so much and be able to get closer to what spaces they are in. The best for their job.” said Gobrin.

Hybrid work is now a reality for many companies, according to Cissy Pau, chief consultant at Clear HR Consulting in Vancouver.

Pau’s perspective is that managers who force workers to return to the office on certain days must be prepared to lose staff, because right now, given the lack of manpower in some sectors, many employees have the cards.

HR consultant Cissy Pau says managers who are not flexible can lose workers who like the idea of ​​being a TW-T. (Jonetsu Studios / Posted by Cissy Pau)

“I think there will be employees who say,‘ I don’t. That just won’t work with my life, ”Paul said.

“They’ve had flexibility for two years and … employees can vote with their feet, they can walk, because there’s a shortage of talent.”

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