Ever since the topic of “working styles” was first raised, an increasing number of companies have been looking for ways to improve work-life balance ahead of the government’s efforts to reform working styles. Many companies have attempted to do this by restricting the amount of overtime their employees could work, but for workers who depended on their overtime allowance as an important part of their income, these restrictions reduced their income and adversely affected their livelihoods.
There are also growing concerns regarding the burdens placed on managerial staff. Managers face a number of difficulties in managing their employees’ performance and maintaining a high level of productivity amid a growing range of working styles such as telecommuting, working from remote offices, and more flexible working hours. The question is now being raised as to how managers can address these burdens and what kinds of solutions they can seek from their workplaces.
There is currently an unprecedented shortage of human resources in Japan, and an increasing number of professionals view the seller’s market as a good career opportunity and express a willingness to change jobs. Industrial structure and the general business environment are also rapidly changing in response to the acceleration of globalisation and technological innovation. This report will shed some light on the views of bilingual talent in Japan through a survey of 1,958 bilingual professionals at both foreign-affiliated companies and globally expanding Japanese companies, and the insights provided here can hopefully be used to recruit and retain these professionals.
- Latest trends in overtime and income
- Shift in managers’ stress in reaction to work-style improvement schemes
- Timing and decisive factors for moving to another company
- Salary situation surrounding bilingual specialists in Japan