Along with its activities to promote employees' health and manage related risks, Sony implements comprehensive mental health support measures with the aim of helping employees demonstrate their full potential. Sony makes its health counseling services known to employees via email and its internal website, offering them access to counseling in face-to-face sessions or by telephone or email. Employees can receive health counseling from Sony's staff of professionals, seek guidance from managers and human resources personnel, as well as obtain referrals to medical specialists and related information when needed.
Sony provides a mental health training program for various levels of employees and management, including new employees, newly promoted section chiefs, and general managers. In addition, all employees receive training on personal healthcare. The Group has already introduced the Stress Check System, which was required by a law enforced in December 2015. Sony's human resources department and occupational health department, for example, will work together to provide the support for stress management when necessary, utilizing the results of workplace stress checks and various other methods.
In addition, Sony has put a program in place to help employees return to work after taking a leave of absence. In cooperation with an outsourced employee assistance program, Sony offers such employees assistance with readapting to the workplace according to their individual circumstances. Sony also has a mental health program for helping employees cope with unforeseen accidents or disasters, such as a major earthquake. Implemented whenever necessary, the program provides such employees and their families with the assistance they need.