Updated on August 29, 2018
Sony believes that strong revenues are sustained by providing a worker-friendly environment where each employee can perform to their full potential. Under this vision, Sony considers employee health and work-life balance as essential to creating innovation and sustaining strong revenues as a company. Sony offers flexible working provisions and work conditions for employees to realize this work-life balance, while adhering to the customs and laws in countries and regions where it does business.
|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.|
|Maternity leave is offered with full pay.|
|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.|
|Sony Group (Japan, China, USA)||On annual family day, family members are invited to see and get to know where employees work.|
Each employee of the Sony Group plays a part in the sustainable growth of the company. As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, Sony has an important responsibility to create inclusive workplaces with attractive working conditions, and to encourage ways of working that enable employees to make the most of their talents while balancing their work and private life, including parenting and family commitments. Sony recognizes the need to accommodate diverse ways of working to secure the health and motivation of employees.
Since 2017, Sony Group companies in Japan in the electronics business have been implementing a work-style reform project that is furthering existing initiatives such as no-overtime days and encouraging employees to take their paid leave. Meanwhile, the Sony Group worldwide is sharing and adopting best practices such as business process improvements and techniques for making meetings effective.
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 2017, employees of Sony Corporation took an average of 15.8 days off and employees of the Sony Group in Japan took an average of 14.0 days off, compared with the national average of 10.4 days off at other companies.
Sony Corporation offers human resources programs that enable employees to make the most of their talents within their preferred lifestyles.
In 2015, Sony Corporation began offering a Flexible Career Leave program that enables employees to take up to five years off to pursue studies or work on upgrading their language or communication skills, when accompanying a spouse who has been assigned abroad or embarks on international studies or take up to two years off to pursue studies at their own expense to further develop their expertise.
In 2018, Sony Corporation expanded the scope of its Telework policy by making all employees eligible. At the same time, it also broadened the condition to allow up to ten full telecommuting days per month and in principle removed restrictions on the number of partial telecommuting days that employees can take. Accordingly, it was renamed the “Flexible Work policy.” The company will continue to expand programs to provide employees with flexible and efficient work options, with the aims of enhancing the business efficiency of its organizations, fostering an organizational culture that generates ideas, and increasing the productivity and output of each employee.
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 the option of reduced working hours and take paid annual leave on an hourly basis for child care or nursing care.
In fiscal 2017, Sony Corporation introduced a Career Plus program that supports career development while employees take parenting or nursing leave, by enabling employees to keep doing some work from home and also by subsidizing development programs such as language courses. The program provides greater flexibility for employees to continue their career development.
|Number of employees taking child care leave|
|Sony Corporation||195 employees (including 7 male employees)|
|Sony Group in Japan||513 employees (including 18 male employees)|
|Percentage of employees who took child care leave*1|
|Sony Group in Japan||98.5%|
|Percentage of employees who returned to work|
|Sony Group in Japan||95.7%|
|Number of male employees who
took special child care leave
|Child Care Leave||1990||
|Reduced Working Hours for Child Care||1995||
|Child Care Grant||2007||
|Special Child Care Leave||2007||
|Flexible Work (formerly called Telework)||2008||
|Use of Paid Annual Leave||2008||
|Child Care Flex-Time||2013||
|Babysitter / Child Care Subsidy||2015||
|Career Plus Leave||2017||
In addition to establishing programs 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. As part of Diversity Week in fiscal 2016 and 2017, Sony organized workshops and seminars on parenting and nursing. On balancing parenting and work, Sony conducted a Working Fathers Meeting and a Working Mothers Meeting, both with the involvement of managers of working parents. The participants heard from speakers and shared their thoughts and experiences with one another in a group setting.
Starting in 2018, Sony established a tie-up with a daycare provider to assist employees of Sony Group companies in Japan in the electronics business who find it difficult to secure a daycare for their children and return to work. The tie-up enables the use of corporate-led daycare facilities*1 throughout Japan. Sony also conducted a seminar on nursing, responding to the growing number of interested people. The seminar explored strategies for balancing nursing and work, while providing essential information about nursing. Through these initiatives, Sony is helping employees to continue developing their careers while balancing it with parenting and nursing.