On March 12, 2019, a lecture was given by Yoshie Komuro, President of Work-Life Balance Co., Ltd., and 17 of the Company’s executives attended. Titled, “Work Style Reforms as Management Strategy,” Ms. Komuro, explained the changes in society which had occurred from the past to the present and the real reason why work style reforms were necessary. Ms. Komuro talked about how work-life balance was necessary for all employees as well as women and explained that work and life were not in a relationship that took away each other’s time but in a relationship of synergy.
Nissui is promoting initiatives so that everyone working at the Company can strike a balance between “work” and “life,” and can feel rewarded and fulfilled both in “work” and “life.”
Pursuant to the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children, which aims to create an environment that will enable the healthy birth and growth of children who are to become the next generation society leaders, the Company carried out its First Phase Action Plan (July 1, 2005 to March 31, 2010) and was awarded the “Kurumin” mark certification by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare as a childcare supporting company in May 2010.
Subsequently, it was awarded the “Kurumin” mark certification in June 2013 for the implementation of its Second Phase Action Plan (September 1, 2010 to March 31, 2013) and once again in July 2017 for implementing its Third Phase Action Plan (April 1, 2013 to March 28, 2017).
Currently, Nissui is in the midst of initiatives to achieve the Fourth Phase Action Plan (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2021).
By supporting employees strike a balance between work and family and creating a pleasant working environment, Nissui hopes that employees will be able to demonstrate their full potential and to this end has formulated the following action plan.
4-year period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2021
Expand the scope of “Leave for taking care of sick children” and improve support for balancing work and family for employees who are raising children.
Posted August 30, 2017
During the 4-year period from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2021, the target rate for taking leave for childcare has been set at:
(i) Female employees: 90% or higher
(ii) Male employees: 7% or higher
Additionally, in order to support the child rearing of male employees, the first five days of childcare leave will be treated as paid leave.
Number of Employees Taking Childcare Leave
Nissui has a nursing care leave program, in which 10 days of leave per year is allowed to employees with one person in their care, and 20 days per year for employees with two persons or more in their care. Nissui holds nursing care seminar biannually and has established specialist consultation counters where employees can receive consultation free of charge via phone and email by contracting with agencies specializing in nursing care.
Number of Employees Taking Nursing Care Leave
Nissui has been considering the teleworking system, as a way of enabling work styles that are not restricted by time and place through the utilization of IT and telecommunications technology. A trial run was conducted from October 2017 through fiscal 2018, and Nissui decided to adopt this system from fiscal 2019, as it became evident that by combining regular commuting work with working at home and remote work, the efficiency of operations and the improvement of the work-life balance could be achieved.
As part of efforts to create a comfortable and rewarding work environment, Nissui is implementing initiatives for the systematic taking of paid leave and promoting improvement in employee health. Individuals prepare their own plans for taking annual leave, which enables the sharing of leave taking within each division, facilitates advance adjustment of the work load and assists in managing the progress of leave taking.
Number of Days of Paid Leave Taken
Starting from fiscal 2019, Nissui has adopted “Anshin” leave, a new personal sickness leave system where, if the need arises, employees can take paid leave not for the reason of refreshment. If an employee is injured or afflicted with an illness (including short-term illnesses such as colds) and cannot come to work, he or she may take up to five days of leave each year. This leave system was adopted in conjunction with efforts to further increase the ratio of leave-taking by employees, as the taking of paid leave of 5 days or more has become mandatory, and in response to employees requesting “to keep unused days of annual paid leave in case they must call in sick due to a sudden illness.” Nissui hopes to encourage its employees to take paid leave more proactively by improving its leave system.