A Japanese research carried out by the government itself showed that a day of teleworking – the home office – can bring many benefits to workers. They are happier.
When we are talking about Japan, it is still necessary to take into account that, in the country, many people die from work and exhaustion. In this way, making them feel happier can be a step towards ensuring that this does not happen.
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Long working hours and work-life balance are issues that Japan’s workforce continues to struggle with.
To share the latest findings on workers’ happiness and health resulting from this overworked culture, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare released this year’s karoshi hakusho, or overworked death report, on Dec. October 2022, continued practice by many workplaces of allowing workers to work partially from home as a result of the pandemic.
To investigate the possible influence of telecommuting on workers’ happiness, the Ministry surveyed 10,000 workers across the country about their frequency of remote work and their happiness levels since October 2021.
On a scale of 10 (with 10 indicating the highest level of happiness), those who do not work remotely rated their happiness level an average of 6.2 (men) and 6.4 (women). Those numbers increased to an average of 6.6 and 6.8, respectively, for those who responded that they work remotely once a week.
Finally, for those who work remotely two to three times a week, workers of both sexes indicated an average of 6.7.
The Ministry further shared that the trend for workers’ happiness levels to increase with more remote work is related to reduced stress in commuting to the workplace, the ability to spend more time with their families and increased sleep.
After all, having a little more time to enjoy family and also not having to stress out in traffic already represents a lot for many people.
Japanese research also reveals increase in disorders
On the other hand, the report also highlighted an increase in the number of mental disorders and illnesses, such as depression, that have been diagnosed among workers and directly linked to work-related stress and are officially classified as occupational injuries or deaths.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare continues to raise awareness to combat these issues by releasing policies that protect workers from workplace harassment and long hours.
Source: Sora News 24.