Work/Life Balance

Work/Life Balance

In Japan, SII has established and been continually enhancing a variety of systems which support every employee in balancing their careers and family lives so that they can fully exercise their abilities.
In FY 2019, we introduced a system that allows employees to shift their scheduled start and end times within a certain range (work hour shift system). The purpose of this system of flexible work hours regardless of the reasons (i.e., circumstances of childcare or nursing care) is to allow employees the flexibility to enhance their personal lives with other activities such as volunteering or studying. We have also introduced a system that allows employees to work shorter hours for any reason (short-time employee system) and a three-day workweek (short-day work system).

In addition to this, we also have a caregiver leave system that allows for up to three years of caregiving leave for one member of each eligible family, helping them to balance both work and the need for potentially long-term care for their loved ones.
We plan to introduce a telecommuting system on a trial basis in October 2020.

Status of Utilization of the Systems (in Japan)

System FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Childcare leave 26 33 22 18 21 23
Short-hours work for childcare 29 35 38 27 24 22
Caregiving leave 0 0 0 0 0 0
Short-hours work for caregiving leave 0 0 1 1 1 1