Yahoo! Japan to offer employees one-year sabbaticals


Yahoo! Japan President Manabu Miyasaka announced at a recent press conference that the company would introduce a new system by the end of the current fiscal year which allows employees to take up to one year off from their jobs. The system, which is based on the concept of sabbaticals, allows employees to spend up to one year freely pursing whatever they desire, albeit without pay. Though fairly common in the West, offering such a system of leave is very rare for a Japanese company.

The company is still working out the details; however, the system is reported to be part of a larger effort aimed at creating a “company where employees are happy.” In addition to motivating current staff, the company believes offering attractive working conditions will help it in securing new employees.

“After completing their breaks, employees are welcome to come back and continue working at Yahoo! or, perhaps, they will want to start up their own company, it’s really up to them,” said Miyasaka, explaining that the company was not seeking anything in return from employees by providing the break.

Yahoo! Japan, which also announced results for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, saw a year-on-year increase in sales of 13.5% (342.9 billion yen); net earnings came in at 115 billion yen, an increase of 14.4%.

Source: Chugoku Shimbun

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"Fairly common in the West"?

I'm originally from Australia and no company in their right mind would ever allow all their employees to take a year off and then come back..

Although this is good for employees as it's technically increasing their accrued leave by a year, that's an insane decision by Yahoo!.

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Damn good idea!

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The company is still working out the details

let's wait.

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