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Updated on September 7, 2016

Providing Systems to Support a Healthy Work-Life Balance

  • Average Annual Paid Holidays for Sony Corporation Employees in Japan
In Japan, Sony Corporation has introduced a flex-time system and a discretionary working system, which enables employees to work with versatile options. Sony employees regularly use a high percentage of their allotted annual paid days off. In fiscal 2015, they took off an average of 17 days.

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Source for average for other companies in Japan: Comprehensive Survey of Wage Conditions (Fiscal 2015), Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Surveyed companies had a workforce of more than 1,000 employees.

Supporting Employees Doing Child Care or Nursing Care

Under a work-life balance initiative, Sony Corporation provides paid leave programs which can be used along with Child Care Leave such as Special Child Care Leave (up to 20 days) and Accumulated Leave used for pregnancy, childbirth, child rearing, fertility treatment, and nursing care purpose. These programs are widely used by employees.
For employees who have child care or nursing care responsibilities, Sony provides support by offering systems which give the option of reduced working hours for child care or nursing care and allow employees to work at home or take paid annual leave on an hourly basis. As of fiscal 2016, Sony has moved beyond its previous telecommuting system, under which employees were allowed to work from home only for the purpose of child care or nursing care. Now, the Group has introduced an expanded telecommuting system that is designed to improve organizational efficiency, foster a corporate culture that encourages the creation of new ideas, and enhance the productivity and output of individual employees. Sony is expanding programs of this nature not just to support employees with child care and nursing care needs, but also to ensure that all employees can work more flexibly and efficiently.
Number of Employees Taking Child Care Leave at Sony Corporation in Fiscal 2015
Number of employees taking child care leave 205 (including 9 male)
Percentage of employees who took child care leave*1 100%
Percentage of employees who returned to work 98.1%

*1
Calculated with employees who gave birth in fiscal 2015.

Number of Male Employees Taking Special Child Care Leave at Sony Corporation in Fiscal 2015
Number of male employees who took special child care leave 356
Work-Life Balance Systems at Sony Corporation
System Introduced
(FY)
Description
Child Care Leave 1990
  • Up through April 15 of the year following the date on which the child reaches 1 year of age
  • Can be used in combination with Special Child Care Leave when child reaches 8 weeks of age (for men)
Reduced Working Hours for Child Care 1995
  • Until the child is sixth grade of elementary school
  • Flex-time system can also be used during period of reduced working hours for child care
Child Care Grant 2007
  • Grant of 50,000 yen/month during period of Child Care Leave
Special Child Care Leave 2007
  • Provides for 20 days' paid leave
  • Can be used in combination with Child Care Leave when child reaches 8 weeks of age
Working at Home 2008
  • Enables employees to work at home when involved in child rearing or providing nursing care for a family member
  • A wider range of employees is now eligible to work from home. The purpose of this expanded eligibility is to promote diverse and efficient work styles that help employees tap into their creativity.*2
Use of Paid Annual Leave 2008
  • Can be used on an hourly basis, for child rearing or providing nursing care for a family member
Child Care Flex-Time 2013
  • Can be used until the child has graduated from elementary school
Babysitter / Child Care Subsidy 2015
  • Until the child is third grade of elementary school *2
  • Babysitter / child care fee subsidy

*2
Systems expanded as of April 2016.

  • Child Care Leave Systems at Sony Corporation

Promoting Work-life Balance


  • Working Parents' Meeting
In addition to establishing systems that promote work-life balance, all Sony Group companies in Japan strive to create a corporate culture in which employees seeking to balance the demands of child care (or nursing care) and work can build careers. Sony designated the week beginning October 31, 2015 as Diversity Week. During that week, top management issued a message about changing the way Sony people work. In addition, Sony held various lectures as well as roundtable discussions among employees with child care and nursing care responsibilities. In fiscal 2010, Sony launched the Working Mothers' Meeting, an annual event that supports female employees by providing them with information relevant to work-life balance and career planning. Now, this event has been renamed the Working Parents' Meeting so that male employees with child care responsibilities can attend together with their partners and children. While listening to outside lecturers, people with experience dealing with work-life balance issues and other participants have chances to exchange information, and information is presented to help participants think about how to change the way they work.

Regarding nursing care, which is likely to become a key work-life balance issue in the future, Sony holds lectures where Sony's nursing care firm provides both basic information and information on how to balance nursing care responsibilities and career considerations. In these and other ways, Sony is striving to promote work-life balance by taking an approach that gives due consideration to how individuals work and build their careers.

  • Kurumin Mark, certifying companies with next-generation child care systems, from Japan's Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
In 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2015, Sony was certified by the Tokyo Labor Bureau as a company that actively supports parenting initiatives in line with the Law for Measures to Support the Development of the Next Generation. Sony received high marks for the ease with which employees can make use of its various parenting support systems, its support for employees' work-life balance, high rates of participation in its various systems and its support for male participation in child rearing.
Main Sony Group Work-Life Balance Initiatives around the World
Electronics
(Latin America)
Since fiscal 2008, Sony Latin America Inc. has held a number of events promoting work-life balance, including family picnics and company tours for employees' families.
Contribution to employee health Some group companies provide services and take other steps designed to promote employee health, such as offering on-site fitness facilities and dental clinic, and holding in-house sports competitions.
Services for employees raising children Some group companies provide a private area for nursing mothers, emergency child care and other services for employees who are raising and/or expecting children. There are also child-raising support programs that aim to build communities of employees who are parents to facilitate the sharing of information on such topics as children's education.
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