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Coronavirus measures promise relief for Japan's labor crunch

Flexible work styles mean happier employees, with big benefits for companies

Teleworking in Japan: The more flexible companies are during the coronavirus outbreak, the better chance they have of retaining valued employees in the long run, experts say. (Photo by Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Japanese companies have stumbled upon a possible solution to their chronic labor shortages as measures introduced to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus are also keeping workers happier and more engaged.

Companies that have adopted teleworking and other special workings arrangements during the outbreak have seen a sharp rise in employee satisfaction, according to a recent survey, and experts believe that managers who fail to "be aligned with the new normal" will have a hard time hiring and keeping talent.

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