Main reasons not to use remote working in Italy before COVID-19 lockdown

At the end of February 2020, the Italian government started to implement measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Among these measures, the closing of most workplaces forced whoever could to work from home. This was an unusual situation for many workers, as the majority of them was not used to work from home before the lockdown. A survey conducted in May 2020 investigated the reasons why Italian people were not working from home before the lockdown. It was found that companies' policies were the main reason, with almost 65 percent of the respondents indicating a ban on remote working as the cause for not working from home.

Why were you not working from home before the lockdown?

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YouGov Italy
Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

May 28, 2020

Number of respondents

165 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

Employees who would not/rarely work from home before the lockdown

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Hai detto che, in passato, non usufruivi regolarmente dello smartworking. Quali dei seguenti descrive meglio i motivi?"

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