Research on Telework and the Actual Conditions of Workers Under the Spread of COVID-19
July 29, 2020 Keio University
Professor Toshihiro Okubo of the Keio University Faculty of Economics carried out a study on telework and the work, lifestyle, and attitude of workers in Japan under the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), clarifying the actual conditions of workers and telework during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the study, the rate of telework increased by 11 percentage points between January and June 2020; nevertheless, this remains lower than in other countries, and notable differences were also found depending on the type of industry, occupation, and region. The more unsuitable an industry is for telework, the greater the decline in income, and organizational issues specific to Japanese companies and society became more obvious.
This study used a survey ("Questionnaire Survey on the Effects of the Spread of COVID-19 on Telework-based Work Styles, Lifestyle, and Awareness") carried out in a joint research project conducted with the Nippon Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), and an academic paper was accepted by and published in "Covid Economics."
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