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Perception and Preference for Home-Based Telework in the COVID-19 Era: A Gender-Based Analysis in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Faculty of Transport Economics, University of Transport and Communications, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
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AME-DEST, Université Gustave-Eiffel, 77447 Marne la Vallée, France
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Sustainability 2021, 13(6), 3179; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063179
Received: 4 February 2021 / Revised: 28 February 2021 / Accepted: 10 March 2021 / Published: 14 March 2021
The rapid and widespread of COVID-19 has caused severe multifaceted effects on society but differently in women and men, thereby preventing the achievement of gender equality (the 5th sustainable development goal of the United Nations). This study, using data of 355 teleworkers collected in Hanoi (Vietnam) during the first social distancing period, aims at exploring how (dis)similar factors associated with the perception and the preference for more home-based telework (HBT) for male teleworkers versus female peers are. The findings show that 56% of female teleworkers compared to 45% of male counterparts had a positive perception of HBT within the social distancing period and 63% of women desired to telework more in comparison with 39% of men post-COVID-19. Work-related factors were associated with the male perception while family-related factors influenced the female perception. There is a difference in the effects of the same variables (age and children in the household) on the perception and the preference for HBT for females. For women, HBT would be considered a solution post-COVID-19 to solve the burden existing pre-COVID-19 and increasing in COVID-19. Considering gender inequality is necessary for the government and authorities to lessen the adverse effects of COVID-19 on the lives of citizens, especially female ones, in developing countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: telework; telecommuting; COVID-19; ICT; pandemic; social distancing; preference; perception; gender inequality; Hanoi telework; telecommuting; COVID-19; ICT; pandemic; social distancing; preference; perception; gender inequality; Hanoi
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Nguyen, M.H.; Armoogum, J. Perception and Preference for Home-Based Telework in the COVID-19 Era: A Gender-Based Analysis in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3179. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063179

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Nguyen MH, Armoogum J. Perception and Preference for Home-Based Telework in the COVID-19 Era: A Gender-Based Analysis in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sustainability. 2021; 13(6):3179. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063179

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Nguyen, Minh H., and Jimmy Armoogum. 2021. "Perception and Preference for Home-Based Telework in the COVID-19 Era: A Gender-Based Analysis in Hanoi, Vietnam" Sustainability 13, no. 6: 3179. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13063179

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