Remote working in Japan falls in July amid telework fatigue
The proportion of people in Japan who are teleworking in July fell from that of April’s, showed a survey by the Japan Productivity Centre.
Many workers are finding their work productivity plummet amid a wave of telework fatigue, despite the government’s calls for employees to work from home under Japan’s latest COVID-19 state of emergency, it said, according to The Japan Times.
The proportion of staff who worked remotely at least some of the time over a recent week stood at 20.4%, compared to 19.2% in April, showed the survey, which polled 1,100 workers on July 5 and 6.
The proportion of people working completely remotely in a recent week in July stood at 11.6%, down from 18.5% in April, and is the lowest since the survey began in May 2020.
Among workers who practiced remote working, the proportion of those who reported to office for three or four days in a week stood at 34.4%, up from 28.4% in April. Meanwhile, workers who went to the office at least five days a week rose to 23.3%, from 20.4% in April.
Some 13.4% of respondents who worked remotely also said that their work efficiency deteriorated, an increase from 8.3% in April.