Support for Every Individual: Diverse Work Styles and Work-Life Balance
Support for every person means helping each and every individual, with their diverse individualities, to face their challenges. We are working to help people achieve a healthy work-life balance by creating an environment and structure that allows them to choose diverse and flexible work styles.
The Panasonic Group has introduced a Role/Grade System in which employee benefits are determined based on the work or role they currently perform. In this compensation system, there are no disparities based on gender, gender identity, or other individual attributes. We are also working to maintain the diversity of our managerial staff, ensuring that senior positions are filled by people from all walks of life.
Support for a healthy work-life balance
As part of our efforts to create an environment in which diverse human resources can take on challenges and flourish in the workplace, we are committed to supporting our employees in achieving a healthy work-life balance. While it is necessary for individual employees to take a proactive approach in balancing work with childcare or nursing care, it may not be possible to overcome this challenge alone, and requires the understanding and support of the workplace, including superiors. We have also prepared guidebooks that explain the various systems to help employees achieve a healthy work-life balance and which outline the relationship between managers and staff. By doing so, we aim to support employees in continuing their careers with peace of mind, regardless of their situation with childcare or nursing care.
Promoting e-Work and establishing a new remote work system
We have been promoting e-Work as an efficient work style that is not restricted by time or location, and have introduced a remote work system for approximately 40,000 employees. In response to the strong push toward utilizing remote work and the penetration of new ways of working using IT and digital technology due to the impact of COVID-19, we established a new remote work system in April 2021 as a new way of working that does not necessarily require employees to come to the office. Over 10,000 employees are now making use of it for more than half of each month.
Supporting diverse and flexible work styles
We have revised our systems to allow all employees to take annual paid leave in half-day or hourly increments, regardless of their work style or position. In addition, we have also made it possible for employees to take leave for personal reasons during working hours and to allocate their leave for this purpose, thereby supporting more diverse and flexible work styles. By accelerating the adoption of diverse and flexible work styles, we aim to improve productivity and realize a better work-life balance for employees.
Support for employees during pregnancy and childcare
Leave before and after childbirth—childcare leave systems
Career support for employees during pregnancy and childcare
We use the Guidebook for Supporting Work-Life Balance (Work and Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Childcare) to promote understanding of the company’s systems. This guidebook also serves as a management guide for supervisors, promoting communication tailored to each employee’s circumstances, from pregnancy through to the childcare period.
Panasonic Kids House
We established Panasonic Kids House, an internal childcare facility, in the Hoshida Company Housing (directly managed rental housing) in Katano City, Osaka Prefecture, with the aims of helping ensure a good balance between work and childcare for employees and contributing to the creation of a society in which it is easy to have and raise children.
Support for employees caring for a family member
Support for employees caring for a family member
We use the Guidebook for Supporting Work-Life Balance (Work and Caregiving) to promote understanding of the company’s systems. This guidebook also serves as a management guide for supervisors, promoting communication tailored to each employee’s circumstances, from the stage before they start providing caregiving to after.
Nursing care seminars
Since FY2017, we have been holding seminars at each of our business locations and offices to raise awareness of the need for basic knowledge and preparation for balancing work and nursing care, as well as to promote understanding and foster a workplace culture among those in positions of responsibility through the seminars.
We have also been holding online seminars for employees and managers since FY2022.
*Definition of terms used on this section:
- Fiscal year: from April 1 to March 31 of the following year (e.g. Fiscal 2021: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021)
Website for Helping Strike a Balance between Work and Caregiving
This website provides a summary of internal and external support systems and basic information available to employees at each stage of nursing care, from the stage before they start providing caregiving to after.
In addition, we have established a nursing care consultation service in partnership with a company specializing in nursing care, and have a system in place where employees can consult with them at any time about their nursing care concerns.
Action plan on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children
Formulation of action plan leading to support for raising the next generation
We have formulated an action plan in accordance with Japan’s Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children. We aim to be a company that contributes to supporting employees in balancing work and childcare/nursing care, to making great strides in the advancement of women’s activities, and to supporting the development of the next generation.