Beverage manufacturer Kirin Holdings has implemented a “work at home” system to give employees time for child and elderly care.
According to a report in the Nikkan Kogyo paper, employees who have worked more than three years will be eligible to work from home once a week, four times a month. The work period at home will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (including one-hour break). Employees report when they start and finish to their boss via email or phone.
The “work at home” system is still fairly new for Japan, but has been enthusiastically embraced by those who have children or elderly people in need of care or supervision. However, many Japanese companies still hesitate to implement it because they feel the system “does not fit into a typical Japanese business culture,” Nikkan Kogyo reports.
The success of Kirin’s program may herald the arrival of new working style in Japan.© Japan Today