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
|Objective 1||Raise the rate of employees taking leave for childcare during the plan period to the following levels.
(1) Male employees: Leave-taking rate of 7% or higher during the plan period
(2) Female employees: Leave-taking rate of 90% or higher during the plan period
Fiscal 2017 By treating the first five days of childcare leave as paid leave, make it easier for male employees to take childcare leave, aim at raising the leave-taking rate and disseminate company-wide the importance of taking childcare leave.
|Objective 2||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.|
Fiscal 2018 Expand the age of children subject to leave for taking care of sick children from the current “Children prior to entering primary school (Statutory)” to “Children who are in primary school” and provide a safety net for times of crisis.
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
As of March 2020
Scope： Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (Nissui)
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 semi annually 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.
To achieve styles of work that are not constrained by time or place through the use of IT and communications technologies, since FY2019 the Nissui Group has been working to implement a teleworking system. For example, in September 2019, almost all of the staff at the Nissui head office participated in an office-wide teleworking day as part of the effort to get the system to take root. Nissui will continue to make styles of work more flexible by combining ordinary in-office work with working remotely from home or with mobile devices, and to use these work modes to make operations more efficient and improve work-life balances.
With the declaration of a State of Emergency associated with the spread of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, with some exceptions, such as production work, Nissui made telework the general rule. The transition was accomplished relatively smoothly, and we were able to continue operations while taking steps to protect the health of employees and their families.
Going forward, Nissui will continue its efforts to shift to new modes of work that lead to higher individual productivity and to the sense on the part of all employees that their work is worthwhile.
Office-wide Teleworking Day at Nissui’s Head Office
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 department, facilitates advance adjustment of the work load and assists in managing the progress of leave taking.
Number of Days of Paid Leave Taken
As of March 2020
Scope： Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (Nissui)
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.