In today’s remote work news, 63.3 percent of employers in Taiwan surveyed by a job-search website plan to reestablish work-from-home policies as a result of an increase in domestic COVID-19 cases.
According to a survey performed by local job-hunting website “yes123,” 58.1 percent of businesses that participated in the poll had developed work-from-home protocols since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization more than two years ago.
According to the survey, 50.3 percent of organizations say working remotely from home is less efficient than working in an office, 38.1 percent believe remote work is comparable to in-office work, and 11.6 percent believe remote work is more effective.
Meanwhile, 63 percent of employees claimed they had worked from home before, with 41.6 percent claiming remote work is “nearly as efficient as in the office,” 36.2 percent saying it is “less efficient than in the office,” and 22.2 percent saying it is “more efficient.”
Before allowing employees to work from home, businesses must overcome five challenges, according to Enterprises, including immediate reporting and control of work progress, maintaining customer service quality and business promotion, and avoiding blurring the line between employees’ personal and professional lives during remote work.
According to the poll, businesses must also address a lack of opportunities for teamwork or brainstorming, as well as the need to improve communication during video conferencing.
When asked about the benefits of remote work, 50.4 percent of employees said it helped them save money on travel and transit time, 33.6 percent said it allowed them to get more sleep and rest, and 32 percent said it provided for more flexible work schedules.
In terms of drawbacks, 40.2 percent of office workers said working from home would cause them to be easily distracted by family members or pets, 37 percent said the border between work and life was blurred, and 35.4 percent said the expense of meals and utility costs would be greater.
According to yes123 spokesperson Yang Tsung-pin, the poll also revealed that 80.2 percent of employees had seen a decrease in their monthly income as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, and 60.3 percent stated they had suffered increased stress due to financial debt.
According to Yang, 66.8% of enterprises planned to raise employee compensation, but with domestic COVID-19 instances reaching new highs, 25.6 percent were considering decreasing employee wage hikes, and 32.2 percent were considering cancelling pay raises.
The survey was conducted among full-time employees and companies on the job-search website from March 30 to April 7.
The survey had a confidence level of 95% and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.82 percentage points, with 1,210 valid samples taken from 615 men and 595 women. It also collected 976 valid samples from businesses, with a 95 percent confidence level and a margin of error of 3.14 percentage points.
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