by Ewa Nowogorski
With the Rise of COVID-19 the global economy has taken a harsh beating costing it trillions of dollars. Governments, forced to take action in order to prevent the spread of the virus, put restrictions on many businesses. A response to these restrictions has been the rise of teleworking (working from home).
Japan has been no exception to this trend as companies desperately try to stabilize their losses and operate under new conditions. During this transition many found the change to be troublesome (few companies knew how to effectively utilize teleworking). On the other hand, many found it to be freeing, as it was found that the work they were doing at the office could’ve just as easily been done at home, but this time without the turmoil of public transportation or uncomfortable clothes.
While the tragedy of COVID-19 is absolutely horrific, it is important to seek light in even the darkest of places. We find that this catastrophe has allowed not only Japan but the world to reexamine their working policies and rid themselves of many unnecessary traditions.
While many may blame the older generations for being too conservative, we must remember that we live in an age of technological advancement unprecedented by previous generations. As humans our constant challenge is to continuously adapt to a changing environment.