Most Beijing expats are working from home in response to the coronavirus crisis, according to a poll by the Beijinger website. The survey, conducted over WeChat last week, interviewed 341 expats across eight Beijing-specific WeChat groups.
The results showed that the vast majority of foreigners working in China’s capital (68 percent) are working exclusively from home during this so-called "special period”. Another 20 percent are working partly from home and partly in the office, while fewer than one in 10 are working their regular hours in the office as they did before the outbreak. Overall, 42 percent of respondents said their workload has been reduced due to a downturn in business on the back of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Beijinger admits, however, that there was a flaw in the study, as some respondents said they are still in limbo and have not yet been able to return to work at all. Others, especially teachers, reported that their workload has in fact increased since the outbreak.
Many teachers said that switching to online lessons has increased their hours as more material must be prepared for online lessons given the fact that the typical discussion part of classes has been rendered obsolete. They are also having to spend time doing individual assessments and giving feedback to students whose progress they would normally be able to monitor in class.
In addition, messages and meetings among faculty members trying to navigate the new working system are bleeding in to evenings and weekends. With all schools currently closed across China, teachers with their own children at home are finding it particularly hard to keep up with the workflow.
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I'm sure they have access to all the first and even second-tier cities. But we only seem to get reports on BJ and SH, because news outlets just (seem to) assume that most foreigners live there. I live in GZ and it can be frustrating trying to get reliable news and updates for my area.
Mar 14, 2020 14:57 Report Abuse