Robert Walters supports women who value their careers, as well as companies that are proactively engaged in promoting the participation and advancement of women in the workplace through employment support and recruitment services.

We offer insight into the courage needed for women to take the crucial steps in advancing their careers, advice for women who would benefit from it, and ways for companies, families, and colleagues to help create a workplace where women can achieve success.

Interview: Hopes for women in leadership roles

To this day, there is still a large disparity around the world regarding the number of men and women holding senior management roles. We talked to Rachna Ratra, a working mother who also oversees dozens of employees in her role as director, and asked for her thoughts about how to change society in a way that enables more Japanese women to proactively engage in career challenges. What steps should be taken by women who are striving to become leaders, and what steps should be taken by the people around them?

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Interview: Overcoming unconscious biases

Mayu Isoi once harboured assumptions she would be thought of as overly emotional due to her being a woman, or that she had to act with deference to older staff. This led her to explore what it means to be a leader. We asked her about the mentoring programme that served as the catalyst for discovering her own management style.

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Interview: Achieving professional success while raising children

Heloise Carnet, much to the surprise of her female Japanese colleagues, returned to work five months after having a child and later got promoted to management. She explains that in order to achieve a balance between work and home life, teamwork in the workplace and at home are essential. We discover more about the system that she developed together with her partner and her colleagues which enabled her to achieve her goal of having a successful career.

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Special interview: Career opportunities for direct or temporary contract employees

In circumstances such as starting a family, it is important to achieve a good balance between work and family life.  In such cases contract or temporary work can be very advantageous.  We talk with Yoko Abe, head of the Robert Walters Commerce Contract and Financial Services Contract Team about how the flexibility of direct or temporary contracts can help women attain work-life balance. 

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What do women look for when seeking new employment?

As an increasing number of companies proactively promote women's participation in the workplace, the ratio of men to women among individuals who sought new employment through Robert Walters in 2017 was about 5:5. This indicates a rise in the number of women who seek new employment and who consider flexible work styles to be crucial in forming long-term careers. What are the deciding factors for women who are seeking new jobs? What do women seek in regard to work styles?

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Robert Walters Japan has been granted the third and highest level of the "Eruboshi" certification from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in recognition of efforts to promote women's participation and advancement in the workplace.

We meet all five criteria for a workplace that promotes women's participation and advancement, including hiring rates, continued employment, workstyles including working hours, male/female ratio in management positions, and diverse career paths.

We at Robert Walters believe that diversity enriches the work environment, resulting in a more innovative and creative workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, disability, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation, maternity, pregnancy, age, ethnicity, or nationality.

>>Diversity and Equality at Robert Walters

Robert Walters Japan is a sponsor of Hanalab, an NPO organisation that nourishes the skills of female university students to help them bring about social transformation.

Hanalab provides various programmes for female university students to nourish their creativity and leadership skills for their future careers. The organization also offers the web magazine Hanajob, including features on projects where female university students engage in solving problems held by local governments and companies, as well as stories of successful women in society, all collected and shared by the female university students themselves.

While supporting women who are at the forefront of success, Robert Walters also aims to support the emergence of the next generation of talent by supporting Hanalab.