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Supporting Diverse Work Styles

Promoting Diverse Working Styles

The Brother Group has been supporting employees' diverse ways of working as best as possible so that they may choose their own working style, given the differing laws in each country and region, labor environments and personal situations. We, as a true global company, have been committed to promoting diversity by reinforcing in-house systems and reforming employees' consciousness, with the goal in mind that staff excellent in ability, personality, talent and behavior will be placed in the right jobs across national boundaries to lead the Group.
Last year, in recognition of these efforts, Brother Industries, Ltd. (BIL) won the FY 2015 New Diversity Management Selection 100, the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry's award. We will continue providing employees with a working environment where they can fulfill various kinds of potential as well as the opportunity of taking on a challenging job, regardless of gender or nationality, with or without a disability.

Logo and awarding ceremony of the New Diversity Management Selection 100Logo and awarding ceremony of the New Diversity Management Selection 100

Logo and awarding ceremony of the New Diversity Management Selection 100

Activities to Support the Success of Women

A working group named "Team Ajisai" clarified issues and recommended necessary measures

Members of "Team Ajisai"
Members of "Team Ajisai"
President speaking at the lecture held to raise awareness of employees
President speaking at the lecture held to raise awareness of employees

In FY 2014, aiming to create a workplace environment where every woman working in BIL can fully exercise their abilities and perform well, a working group named "Team Ajisai" ("Team Hydrangea"), consisting of female employees, was formed. Team Ajisai clarified issues for the support of the success of women, and presented necessary measures.
BIL has been positively responding to their suggestions, by devising the Commitment to Promotion of the Success of Women, formulating the Action Plan to Support the Success of Women, introducing a homeworking system, and holding lectures by experts. Since the team also raised the need of experience working abroad to shape their career, BIL is expanding a trainee system with which young employees can work outside Japan.
In FY 2014, a training course started in which female employees expected to become leaders develop mutual understanding and specific career plans with their superiors.

Personnel Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd. Mami Tomida

Opinion of an employee who utilized a trainee system

A valuable experience --- I realized how important it is to approach an issue while developing mutual understanding

Personnel Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd.
Mami Tomida

In the third year since I joined Brother, I worked as a trainee for a sales company in Shanghai for three months from November 2015. I worked on the planning of an in-house training while learning the present status and personnel management in China. Through such experiences, I recognized some common issues between China and Japan although our way of or attitude toward working is sometimes different from each other. We eventually completed our plan after a great deal of trial and error. That gave me a valuable experience to learn how important it is to approach an issue by developing mutual understanding through conversations, seeing things from the same perspective even in a different culture. I will continue working making use of a diversity of insight and a sense of balance I obtained as a trainee, valuing a relationship with those I met there.

Main measures

FY 2014

Discussion with the president about the success of women
Discussion with the president about the success of women

  • "Team Ajisai", a working group aiming at the success of women was launched
  • A meeting with the president to discuss the successful performance of women
  • A new training course was started to support women's career development for female employees and their superiors
  • A seminar to support those aiming at returning to work after taking childcare leave
  • A lecture for managers on promoting the success of women
  • "Career Rainbow", a site to feature the career of female managers was created on the intranet
FY 2015

Lecture to support career development
Lecture to support career development

  • A homeworking system was introduced
  • A meeting with executives to discuss the successful performance of women
  • A lecture for managers to develop the ability of female subordinates
  • A lecture for female employees to support their career development
  • A networking event with other companies for female skilled workers to consider their career development

Supporting Work-Life Balance

Expand systems and create an atmosphere that allows employees to use them

Seminar to support those returning to work
Seminar to support those returning to work

BIL has developed many kinds of systems to support work-life balance, including a flextime system, childcare leave, family-care leave, a short-time working system, and nursing care leave so that employees can continue working vigorously free from anxiety. Meanwhile, BIL has been making efforts to make the systems easier to use and to create an atmosphere sympathetic to those using such systems, listening to the opinions of employees.
A seminar to consider how to cope with both work and family-care has been held since 2011, in preparation for the society with serious family-care problems anticipated in the near future. A seminar to support those aiming at returning to work after taking childcare leave was also started in 2015. Both are held during work hours so that employees can find it easier to attend them.
A homeworking system has been introduced in October 2015 for the employees engaged in childcare or family-care. We now thus have more flexible ways of working.

Number of employees who use various systems of BIL*1

  FY2013 FY2014 FY2015
Childcare leave*2 44(6) 45(9) 57(12)
Family-care leave*2 5(3) 3(0) 0(0)
Short-time working for childcare 114(3) 130(5) 155(11)
Short-time working for family-care 0(0) 1(1) 1(1)
Nursing care leave 21(8) 27(11) 29(7)
Homeworking - - 29(6)
  • *1: The number in parentheses indicates that of male employees
  • *2: Number of those who started using the system in each fiscal year

Development Planning Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd. Yumiko Kawazoe

Opinion of an employee who is utilizing the homeworking system

Carrying out my work systematically with intense concentration

Development Planning Dept., Brother Industries, Ltd.
Yumiko Kawazoe

I have been working one day a week at home since the introduction of the homeworking system. As my husband has been transferred abroad alone, I have to work and take care of our two children by myself. I could not do this without BIL's homeworking system. I must carry out my work at home systematically with intense concentration. Therefore, I usually make an effort to maintain more communication with my superiors and colleagues than ever.