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Various Systems for Supporting a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Overview of various systems aimed at supporting employees juggling work and family life (promotion of a healthy work-life balance) (Ricoh in Japan)

Overview of various systems aimed at supporting employees juggling work and family life (promotion of a healthy work life balance)

Common Support Days Off A program to save unused paid days off during a year to a reserve to use them in the future for designated purposes (20 days maximum). The paid days saved in the reserve may be used for sick child care, family care, maternal protection during pregnancy, support for a pregnant spouse, absence for personal illness, clinic visit for fertility treatment, volunteer activities, and child care during class closure due to the spread of infectious diseases.
Annual Paid Time Off by the hour For five days out of their annual paid days off, employees may take time off by the hour (up to 40 hours), for any reason.
Effective Working Time System A work style system that allows employees to determine their daily work start and end time between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm. Employees work the prescribed working hours per month. No core time.
Remote work A work style system that allows employees to work at home, in internal or external satellite offices, public spaces, and other places away from their assigned workplaces. No limit is set for the number of days of remote work.
Staggered Work Hours A work style system that allows employees to stagger their prescribed work start and end times for caring for a child under the sixth grade of elementary school, caring for a family member in need of personal care, or for protecting the mother’s health during pregnancy.

Short work

A work style system that allows employees to work shorter hours to realize a diverse work style that suits their life events, including childcare, family care, and any other reason. Employees may choose to work shorter hours (six or seven hours) or work four days a week.

Rehire Program for Work/Life Balance

This program provides future rehire opportunities for employees who are resigning for marriage, pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, family care, or spouse transfer, and who wish to be rehired in the future.
Childcare Sick Child Care Days Off Employees may take days off for caring for a sick child under the sixth grade of elementary school, up to ten days per year for two or fewer children, from the third child, an additional five days for each additional child. Sick Child Care Days Off may be taken by the hour.
Maternity Days Off A program that allows pregnant employees to take breaks and time off for avoiding commuting rush hours or taking a rest.
Female employees may also take rests and time off for visiting a maternity clinic during pregnancy and after childbirth as well as rests and time off after childbirth.
Maternity Leave A leave of absence of six weeks before childbirth and eight weeks after childbirth.
Childcare Leave Employees may take a leave of absence until their child becomes two years old. Male employees may take a childcare leave from the expected date of birth or the birth date of their child. If an employee elects to take three months or shorter childcare leave, the first ten days are treated as paid leave.
Short Work for Childcare Employees may work shorter working hours until their child enters the third grade of elementary school. They may choose from three patterns of working hours and nine patterns for the starting time. (Patterns may be changed up to three times.)
Seminars A seminar is held once a year to support return after leave of absence.
Family Care Family Care Days Off Employees may take Family Care Days Off up to ten days a year regardless of the number of family members who need personal care in daily life. Sick Child Care Days Off may be taken by the hour.
Family Care Leave Employees may take a leave of absence for caring for a family member in need of personal care for up to two years.
Short Work for Family Care Employees may work shorter hours for caring for a family member in need of personal care for up to two years. They may choose from three patterns of work hours (the choice may be changed up to two times).
Personal Sick Leave Employees may take a leave of absence for up to three years for a personal illness or injury.
Special Leave for Volunteer Activities Employees may take a leave of absence for up to 28 months for volunteer activities.
Special Leave for Spouse Transfer Employees may take a leave of absence for up to three years for a spouse’s transfer to a remote location.
Special Leave for Skill Enhancement Employees may take a leave of absence for up to two years for returning to school (graduate school) or studying abroad to acquire business qualifications.

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