63% of Taiwan firms plan to reintroduce remote work: poll

63% of Taiwan firms plan to reintroduce remote work: poll

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Due to a spike in domestic COVID-19 cases, 63.3 percent of companies in Taiwan surveyed by a job-hunting website have plans to reintroduce work-from-home policies, according to the poll’s results released Thursday.

Since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization more than two years ago, 58.1 percent of enterprises that participated in the poll have implemented work-from-home protocols, according to the survey conducted by local job-hunting website “yes123.”

The survey also indicated that 50.3 percent of businesses believed that working remotely from home was less efficient than working in an office setting, 38.1 percent thought the efficiency of remote work was similar to in-office work, and 11.6 percent believed remote work was more effective.

Meanwhile, 63 percent of employees said they had experience of working from home, with 41.6 percent saying that the efficiency of remote work is “almost the same as in the office,” while 36.2 percent thought it was “less efficient than in the office” and 22.2 percent believed it was “more efficient.”

Enterprises said employers have to overcome five challenges before allowing employees to work from home including the immediate reporting and control of work progress, maintaining customer service quality and business promotion, and avoiding blurring the line between employees’ life and work during remote work.

Meanwhile, employers also have to tackle the lack of opportunities for teamwork or brainstorming, and the need to improve communication during video conferencing, according to the survey.

When asked about the advantages of remote work, 50.4 percent of employee respondents agreed that working from home helped save commuting costs and transportation time, while 33.6 percent believed that it could increase their sleep and rest time, and 32 percent thought it allowed for more flexible work schedules.

In terms of disadvantages, 40.2 percent of office workers said that working from home would cause them to be easily distracted by family members or pets, 37 percent thought the line between work and life was blurred, and 35.4 percent pointed to the higher cost of meals and utility fees.

The survey also found that 80.2 percent of employees had experienced a reduction in their monthly income due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and 60.3 percent said they had faced more stress regarding financial debt, according to yes123 spokesman Yang Tsung-pin (楊宗斌).

It also revealed that 66.8 percent of companies had planned to raise employee pay but with domestic COVID-19 cases continuing to hit new highs, 25.6 percent were considering reducing employee salary hikes, with 32.2 percent considering cancelling pay raises, according to Yang.

The survey was conducted from March 30 to April 7 among the job-hunting website’s members with full-time employment and companies.

The poll collected 1,210 valid samples from 615 men and 595 women, and had a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.82 percentage points. It also collected 976 valid samples from enterprises, with a confidence level of 95 percent and a margin of error of plus or minus 3.14 percentage points.

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