With encouragement from the government, two groups of employees have emerged as most likely to seek secondary jobs in Japan.
In the coming fiscal year, organisations will receive financial support to offer allowances to employees covering colleagues on parental leave.
Many organisations operating in Tokyo have not drawn up continuity plans that will help them manage the spillover effects of natural disasters.
Remote work remains popular amongst employees in Japan, but organisations are demanding employees return to work onsite.
The financial and insurance sectors led in paternity leave uptake at 37.28%, while the hospitality and retailing showed modest 9.06% participation.
While there has been an improvement in gender diversity, the government is pushing for more listed organisations to embrace gender diversity.
The hike is seen as crucial for overall wage growth despite organisations struggling to secure employees amid a labour shortage.
Organisations like Sony and Renesas Electronics are turning employees into stakeholders to foster loyalty and drive organisational success.
Increasing gender equality remains a priority for Japan, where women have reached a 53.2% employment rate.
More employees, especially those who are raising children, will look to quit if their organisation do not offer more flexible work options.
The use of AI-powered tools like ChatGPT differ greatly in usage between countries, due to a gap in awareness and understanding of the tools.
Several firms in Japan have raised concerns about graduates using generative AI tools in job applications, with some calling for a ban.
Japan’s jobless rate declined in April as employment trends continued to improve, supported by raising wages.
The expansion of a remote work programme that started in July 2022 will help to attract and retain the best talent, says NTT.
As family dynamics in Japan shift, more male employees are seeking to reduce their work hours to be involved in housework and childcare.
While measures have been introduced to ensure a level playing field during recruitment, employees still face gendered microaggressions and stereotypes.
Investment in human resources development and the reskilling of employees will also be priorities as the government looks to achieve economic growth.
The government is pushing economic policies that require more female board members to be nominated to achieve gender equality.
Driven by inflation, the gap between nominal and real wages is widening, prompting the government to push for wage growth across organisations.
Over 60% of employers plan to raise wages in response to cost of living and talent retention needs, with many committing to at least a 3% increase.
To promote workplace diversity and strengthen the economy, Japan aims to increase the number of female executives in major organisations.
A new report shows that creativity can be inculcated in employees lower in power when they are given time to engage in it more than once.
Business leaders in Asia-Pacific and Japan are experiencing high levels of decision distress, with many lacking the tools to make successful decisions.
Driven by the need to attract talent, Japan is proposing new laws that will offer more public sector employees a four-day workweek.
Although many organisations have recently introduced a wage hike, Rengo is calling for further wage rises beyond 2023.
Shifting to job-based employment helps firms identify desired skills and provides employees with opportunities for career advancements.
In the face of labour shortages, Japan wants to reverse the decline in the birth rate while remaining cautious about long-term reliance on immigration.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has outlined potential measures to push for higher take-up of paternity leave among male employees in the country.
Organisations in Japan have heeded calls from the government to raise wages to help employees manage rising living costs.
Despite the government’s efforts to push for higher pay, real wages for employees has continued to fall because of inflation.