Canadians concerned about making small talk, dressing for work as end of lockdowns approaches


Published July 12, 2021 at 3:29 pm


With Ontario’s vaccination rates continuing to climb, and the Province announcing Ontario will be moving into Step 3 of the reopening framework on Friday (July 16), many residents will be re-entering society for the first time in months.

During the course of the pandemic, many people have become acclimated to doing everything remotely from home, and as a result, forgotten how to conduct themselves around other people.

Because of this, many are feeling concerned about certain inevitabilities that will come with Ontario entering Step 3, according to a survey from Modern Concierge.

According to the findings, the top concern among respondents was making small talk—27 per cent said they were worried about this.

Additionally, 22 per cent said they were concerned about their ability (or lack thereof) to pretend to be interested in what someone is saying to them, while 11 per cent are concerned about having to ditch their comfortable work-from-home clothes for more office-appropriate attire, and 10 per cent are worried about eating in front of others.

Further, when it comes to social interactions people are dreading, the most common answer was parties—23 per cent of respondents said this was the interaction that made them most nervous followed by 19 per cent who said it was taking a crowded elevator, and 15 per cent who said it was eating at a restaurant.

“We’re in the business of seamlessly making things easier for our varied clients, but we all know that our return to normal is going to be a little messy after months of restrictions and lockdowns,” Tina Iaquinta, founder of Modern Concierge, said in a news release.

“It seemed like a great time to humorously remind Canadians of important social graces like people can actually see you when you are eating at a restaurant,” she continued.

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