November 11, 2020
IWATA, November 11, 2020—Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it will introduce three new personnel systems in January 2021 as part of its initiatives to promote work-life balance: 1) A work-at-home system as a special measure for living with COVID-19; 2) a special “life support leave” system for taking leave from work on an hourly basis for injury and illness treatments, long-term care, childcare and fertility treatments; and 3) a system for shorter working hours to help create a better balance between work and medical treatments.
The Company’s corporate mission is “Offering new excitement and a more fulfilling life for people all over the world.” As part of achieving this mission, these new personnel systems are based on the concept of “My Work Style, Yamaha’s Work Style,” and offers each employee options for choosing a working style that fits them best, therefore helping them continue to take on challenges with passion and energy.
In recent years, the need for a diverse approach has grown and in addition to providing support that provides peace of mind with the current paid leave system, Yamaha Motor will create an environment where employees can work while being better able to respond to life events as well.
1) New work-at-home system as a special measure for living with COVID-19
Toward establishing work styles for the “new normal,” in order to promote diversification of working styles as well as enable every employee to independently maximize their performance, we have reviewed the provisional work-at-home system and will institutionalize it as a new company work scheme.
- Provision of a telecommuting allowance to subsidize the communication and utility costs incurred from working at home due to COVID-19.
- Promoting upgrades to the IT environment for product development work, where working remotely is innately more difficult.
2) New support system for leave on an hourly basis for injury and illness treatments, long-term care, childcare, and fertility treatment
To address the needs presented by various work styles, such as short-term/long-term illness treatments, nursing care, and gradual returns to work from extended leave, we have newly established a “life support leave” system for taking leave on an hourly basis to support employees as they continue working and taking on challenges.
- Employees can take leave for injury and illness treatments, family care, childcare and fertility treatments by the hour, half-day or full day.
- The number of days granted for life support leave is three days a year, and the maximum number of days that can be taken annually is six.
3) New system for shorter working hours to help create a better balance between work and medical treatments
We have established a new system of shorter working hours to support employees with the motivation and ability to continue working while injured or receiving medical treatment, creating an environment where they can choose a flexible working style that best balances their treatments with their jobs.
- Shorter working hours (6 hours or 7 hours) for those returning to work after extended leave due to injury or illness caused by cancer, cerebrovascular disease, mental illness, etc.