Telework Employees “No Health Initiatives” Nearly 60% of Companies November 22, 10:28


When asked about health assurance efforts such as interview guidance for telework employees, a survey by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare found that nearly 60% of companies answered that they did not do anything in particular. I did.

This survey was commissioned by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to a research company, and randomly selected 20,000 companies nationwide with 10 or more employees. This survey was conducted from August to last month, and the rate was 3788 companies. There was a reply from 18.9%.

According to this, as of July, 34% of the respondents answered that they have introduced telework as a system and that there are employees who do telework even though there is no system.

The larger the company, the higher the percentage of teleworkers.

In addition to reducing the commuting burden on employees, teleworking was more effective than expected, including reductions in labor costs such as overtime pay and commuting allowances, and reductions in paper and printing costs.

National guidelines also require teleworking employees to take mental health measures and provide advice on how to improve their working environment.

However, when asked about their efforts to ensure their health, such as interview guidance for teleworking employees, 58.1% of the companies answered that they did not do anything in particular, which is close to 60%.

On the other hand, 59.1% of the respondents allowed overtime work in telework, and in many cases they requested a report by e-mail or other means to keep track of their working hours.

Some say that teleworking involves more overtime than working at a company because of reasons such as "difficulty communicating with other employees" or "the office equipment and communication environment are not in place". did.

Based on the survey results, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has decided to review the guidelines for telework and encourage companies to take measures.