(Tokyo Shimbun: February 27, 2015—p. 6)
Women, compared with men, have a stronger sense of trying to improve work productivity by reviewing work priorities and acquiring new knowledge, according to a fact-finding survey conducted by Japan Management Association.
The survey was conducted online in December last year, targeting a total of 1,000 working men and women in their 20s to 60s. In the survey, respondents were asked what they can do to improve productivity. Multiple answers were allowed.
The most common answer among male and female respondents was to “acquire new knowledge and skills,” at 34.9% among women and 30.9% among men, followed by “review work priorities” (27.3% among men, 32.9% among women), and “maintain and improve health” (22.7% among men, 29.3% among women). For the majority of questions, the response rate of women was higher than that of men, indicating women are more proactive. (Abridged)