One in five Japanese workers are telecommute-ready

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Is a telecommuting environment necessary? graph of japanese statisticsWith the earthquake having knocked out a lot of power generation in the Tokyo area, one of the methods being mooted for saving electricity is to increase telecommuting, the topic of a recent survey by iShare.

Demographics

Between the 8th and 11th of April 2011 670 members of the CLUB BBQ free email forwarding service completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.6% of the sample were male, 2.4% were in their twenties, 46.7% in their thirties, and 50.9% in their forties. All of the sample were employed and worked outside the home.

At work we have a telecommute environment complete with a quite frankly horrendous email client and a remote meeting application that I’ve never used. However, this environment can only be accessed via work notebook computers, but even though we have a draconian set of information security rules I think almost everyone else in the office works around them; I try to avoid working at home, so put no effort into making an easier environment for myself.

Regarding telecommuting and saving power – my employer too will be promoting it this summer, despite being outside the affected areas, and of course everyone in the office noticed that the additional load from a home air conditioner is more than that saved by one less body in the office and one less body in the trains. We’re forbidden from working in a coffee shop, so we can’t even borrow someone else’s cool air for work…

Research results

Q1: Even if connection has become difficult since the earthquake, do you have an environment where you can work at home by connecting to work email or conducting online meetings from a computer at your home, etc? (Sample size=670)

  All Male
N=406
Female
N=264
Yes 21.2% 24.6% 15.9%
No 78.8% 75.4% 84.1%

Q2A: Do you think it is necessary to have an environment where you can work from home? (Sample size=670)

  All Male
N=406
Female
N=264
Definitely 12.2% 11.3% 13.6%
Not absolutely necessary 69.4% 66.7% 73.5%
Not needed at all 18.4% 21.9% 12.9%

Q2B: Do you think it is necessary to have an environment where you can work from home? (Sample size=670)

  All Telecommute-ready
N=142
Not telecommute-ready
N=528
Definitely 12.2% 27.5% 8.1%
Not absolutely necessary 69.4% 69.7% 69.3%
Not needed at all 18.4% 2.8% 22.5%
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