Oct. 29, 2018
Sumitomo Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation to adopt teleworking and super-flextime

Sumitomo Corporation (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Hyodo) will roll out teleworking and super-flextime for its staff from November 1, 2018. The move is part of the company’s effort to create an environment conducive to working autonomously and flexibly, unrestricted by hours, place or style. The goal is to promote high-value-added, output-oriented work styles, and to maximize the potential of each worker.

In 2016, Sumitomo Corporation launched a company-wide project team for drawing up the roadmap for reforming workplace environments and work styles. Outcomes to date include measures to encourage employees to actually use their paid leave entitlements; introduction of “Premium Fridays;” greater use of RPA and IT tools; and year-round adoption of the “Cool Biz (no tie, no jacket)” dress code. Since relocating its head office in September 2018, the company has also been improving its ICT infrastructure environment, and has created open spaces and lounges designed to promote active communication, both of which are expected to contribute to well-balanced work styles.

Teleworking will be adopted as a new approach for driving work-style reforms. In principle, the scheme will cover all Sumitomo Corporation employees working in Japan, who will be entitled to either work from home, do mobile work, or work from a satellite office up to two days (14.5 hours) a week.

Super-flextime, which does away with the conventional core time*, will be introduced at the same time to give employees greater choice of working hours.

To achieve mid- to long-term growth and development, Sumitomo Corporation is determined to continue driving work-style reforms by building environments conducive to both high-quality output and rewarding healthy personal lives. Under the “Declaration of Iki-iki Waku-waku (energy and excitement) Health and Productivity Management” announced in September 2018, the company is looking to maintain its commitment to health and productivity management.

*Core time: A period of the day when flextime employees must be at work.


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