NTT Docomo to allow works to split day between home and office

JIJI

NTT Docomo Inc. plans to allow employees to combine working from home and the office as part of its work style reforms, Jiji Press has learned.

The mobile phone giant will start a program in October to enable employees to split their daily work hours, covering 25,000 workers across the group, informed sources said on Thursday.

NTT Docomo will launch the program after setting out conditions for its take up.

In Japan, only a handful of big companies have such a program. The spread of flexible work programs would be a boon to employees rearing children and caring for older family members.

At NTT Docomo, a regular work day is 7.5 hours.

The envisioned program will allow employees to work 3.5 hours in the office and the remaining four hours from home.

In addition, employees will be able to use the program for overseas video conferences at night and inspections of construction sites. The program is expected to help reduce overtime.

In April, NTT Docomo expanded the scope of its telework program from just the parent company comprising 7,600 regular employees to the entire group. Some 2,500 employees, or 10 percent of the total group workforce, are expected to use the program in fiscal 2017.

The company also introduced a flextime program for about 5,600 workers at its head office.