As part of our efforts to improve work-life balance, we have been implementing an on-site workstyle reform project aimed at rethinking traditional styles based on long working hours.A trial version of the project was launched in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015; our goal is for all Group companies to be part of the project by March 31, 2019, and to independently and voluntarily incorporate the project in their organization’s culture as part of efforts to sustainably increase productivity.
More specifically, the project centers on how to use time efficiently, ways to focus and get the job done, along with types of inefficient work and how to make work more efficient. This teamwork helped to raise organizational strength by raising the awareness of all employees involved and improving their communication and mutual understanding.
In April 2017, we introduced a new telecommuting system to provide employees with more flexible workstyle options. The new system is available to all employees with at least four years’ service time. This new system expands workstyle options for employees, making it possible to pursue self-improvement, provide childcare and nursing, and make other choices that balance their work and lifestyle needs. The system is also expected to boost productivity by reducing the physical and mental stress of commuting and promoting efficient, concentrated work at home. With the aim of shifting to a new workstyle within this new normal, we introduced a new telecommuting system on a trial basis in October 2020 that expanded the number of eligible employees and improved convenience. We will continue to improve the value we provide to customers and the motivation of employees by finding the best balance between telecommuting and working at the office.
The Morning Win! morning work system was also launched in fiscal 2017. Employees have shifted their overtime to the mornings, before the workday officially starts, instead of evenings, to become more aware of their start and finish times, learn how to work efficiently in a limited amount of time, and raise productivity. This system is running alongside the flextime work system, helping employees improve their work-life balance.