To improve the quality of employee output, it is essential to focus not only on skill development but also on the physical and mental health of each employee. Good physical and mental health and a fulfilling private life are the foundation of a dynamic workforce. A dynamic workforce means a vitalized company, which is why we make the flexibility to balance work and private life a high priority.
●System Supporting Employees during Pregnancy, Post-childbirth and Childcare
We provide various types of leave and flexible work style options, such as maternity leave, childcare leave, and reduced working hours for parents in order to support employee efforts to balance their work and family life. Parents can take advantage of shorter working hours, for example, in several shift patterns until the child completes the third grade of elementary school. Short-term childcare leave has also been turned into a form of paid leave, and delayed the application deadline to the day before, making childcare leave easy to take for both male and female employees.
●Support for Employees on Childcare Leave
A forum is organized in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, and Fukuoka every year to support employees who have taken childcare leave to return to work smoothly. In fiscal year 2016, the forum was attended by a total of 560 employees nationwide. Not only employees on childcare leave, but also their supervisors and colleagues attend the forum to address their concerns about returning to work and create a more comfortable workplace for them. At the forum, the updated information about our important policies is communicated to employees on childcare leave.
●Support for Employees Engaging in Long-term Nursing Care
Long-term nursing care has become a common issue due to the rapid aging of Japan’s population. To help employees balance their work and care responsibilities, we expanded the option to offer long-term family care leave (up to 365 days in total), nursing leave, shift work for nursing care and reduced working hours, and held a seminar for balancing work and care responsibilities that was attended by about 300 employees in fiscal year 2016.
A home-based telecommuting program is in place to increase productivity and efficiency of employees. Employees are not restricted to working at home but are also allowed to work outside the home or to telecommute for all or a part of their working day. In an effort to boost diverse working styles among employees working shorter hours to provide family care, we arranged for additional company devices to be available to those who want them so that employees can work away from the office in sudden unexpected situations.
We introduced a kind of flextime program that promotes diverse work styles. Employees can choose what time they start their work from nine patterns between 7am and 1pm.
●Career Transfer Program
General area staff (a position for an employee in which the location of residence in principle does not change because of a job transfer) can apply for a job for Group companies in other area, if certain conditions are met, to continue work in the case they have to move for a personal reason such as job transfer of their spouse.
●Planned Long Vacations and "No Overtime Days"
To increase productivity and efficiency of employees, employees are encouraged to both take planned long vacations and to leave work on time on company-wide "No Overtime Days." Managers of each workplace are also requested to urge their staff to take holidays as well as to submit an annual plan for increasing the operational efficiency of their respective workplaces.
A mental health industrial physician is stationed at our Headquarters Building under a partnership agreement with Sompo Risk Management & Health Care. The physician works together with nurses and other dedicated staff to provide mental health checkups, counseling, and other services.
Self-tests for stress have also been introduced to have individual employees discover any signs of mental health issues at an early stage in order to prevent, alleviate, and treat them. We also established a system that helps our managers to manage and support their staff who are experiencing stress, distress and mental health issues and create a healthier workplace environment.