As prolonged teleworking due to the coronavirus pandemic leaves remote workers feeling isolated, an increasing number of Japanese companies are using online services such as personal consultation software to look after their employees' mental wellbeing.

Network technology company NTT Communications Corp., which currently has about 80% of its employees working remotely, has adopted specialized software to arrange online consultations between the workers and their superiors.

Using software provided by Kakeai Inc., a female worker in her 20s at NTT Communications, for instance, has a 30-minute discussion online with her boss every other week.