When the pandemic forced the world into various stages of lockdown and social distancing in early 2020, office life experienced unprecedented changes. White-collar staff in the developed world became subjects in a giant experiment in working from home that few firms would ever have dared try of their own volition. Adjusting to the new regime was not easy for everyone - but two years later a substantial percentage of workers in Japan continues to work from home, at least partly. However, as infections and mortality rate drop and the country (slowly) opens up, the experiment might be nearing its end.
In late April, the news came out about Honda issuing a mass communiqué to its staff asking everyone back to the office full time after the Golden Week break. The automaker explained the move by highlighting the importance it places on face-to-face communication, considering to offer employees a 2.5-day weekend in exchange (Friday afternoons off), from October onward.
These positions at either end of the spectrum correctly reflect what our ABOS 2022 survey showed in January, i.e. that executives' opinions about increased/decreased productivity due to remote working are split. In this event, we bring together business leaders from both sides of the argument to present their views, and invite our members to take part in the discussion as to whether or not employee productivity has grown or shrunk while working from home.
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