As part of our efforts to create a worker-friendly environment for a diverse range of employees, we have established systems and structures such as the work-from-home system, the flextime system, and satellite offices that could help reduce the burden of commuting.
From April 2021, we formalized the adoption of the more flexible working hours introduced as an emergency measure during the pandemic in fiscal 2020 and were able to establish a more flexible work environment. We are also still considering how to use this pandemic experience to realize new workstyles in the post-pandemic era. Furthermore, to promote new workstyles, we formulated guidelines for online communication and meetings, creating a framework that enables employees to work with more flexibility.
As for the management of working hours, we use the work management system to appropriately grasp the actual working conditions of employees and to regularly raise their awareness of working hours, aiming to increase productivity. In fiscal 2020, overtime work hours increased due to a temporary increase in workload during the early period of management integration. Through efforts to improve workplace culture and engagement, we aim to ensure employees improve work efficiency and productivity and enhance their quality of life (QOL).
We are working to further promote the use of paid time off and reduce working hours to foster a culture where it is easier to work and enable diverse employees to thrive.