HELSINKI – Quickest shift to teleworking

Following the coronavirus outbreak across the EU, employees in Finland were the quickest to start working from home and switch to ‘teleworking’ as 60% made the switch this spring compared to a 37% EU average, according to a survey published yesterday (12 May) and carried out by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound).

Also, take a look at the latest measures taken to combat COVID-19 in Finland.

In addition to Finland, the other EU member states who saw over half the country’s employees make the switch were Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Around half the employees, with the highest numbers in Greece, Italy, Cyprus and France, saw their working times reduced, according to the survey. For employees in Finland and Sweden, roughly half had not noticed changes in their working hours.

Another survey carried out by five universities and the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, found 66% of respondents being content with working from a distance, citing positives such as fewer interruptions and enhanced concentration.

However, 74% considered working alone as a negative thing and more than half were missing social interaction. (Pekka Vänttinen |

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