implementing Telework System in Japan beginning April 2017
Newswire) – Fujitsu today announced that it is launching an initiative to
transform the way its employees work, seeking to allow each and every person to
create value given their limited time. The initiative’s aims are to strengthen
its global competitiveness, achieve digital innovation, and improve the
work-life balance of employees.
As part of this initiative, Fujitsu is
officially implementing “Telework System” in Japan from April 2017,
using ICT tools such as virtual desktops and its Global Communications
Platform(1). This system will apply to all of the approximately 35,000
employees of Fujitsu Limited in Japan, enabling a flexible way of working,
without being confined to a specific location, whether from home, a satellite
office, on a business trip, or in transit.
In addition to transforming its internal
systems, beginning with telework, Fujitsu will use ICT and will work to
transform the mindsets of its management and each employee, in order to bring
about a new way of working that delivers high productivity. In addition,
Fujitsu will use the experience and insights gained through this internal
implementation to contribute to a transformation in the way its customers work,
from planning their transformations, to implementing solutions and handling
Recently, due to such shifts as the progress of
globalization and changes in labor structure, there has been an increasing
demand for flexible ways of working, focused on the active participation of
diverse personnel. In addition, in order to support customers’ digital
transformations through providing connected services, as advanced in Fujitsu’s
management direction, it is necessary to improve the productivity and growth of
each employee, and embrace a way of working that supports the advancement of
digitalization, including improving the expertise of employees, co-creation
with customers, creating innovation, and improving the speed of business.
In response to this changing environment,
Fujitsu has promoted the development of programs to mobilize to the fullest the
capabilities and creativity of each employee, given their limited time
available. One example is an initiative that provides actual support for
employees to engage in both work duties and childcare or other kinds of family
care, put in place in 2010. In addition, Fujitsu has been increasing its
utilization of ICT, such as in the implementation of its Global Communications
Platform since 2011, including in Fujitsu Group companies outside Japan.
Details of the Initiative to Transform Fujitsu’s
Way of Working
Fujitsu has now launched an initiative to
transform the way it works, combining the three prongs of structural
transformation, ICT usage, and transforming mindsets, in addition to existing
policies, with the goal of improving productivity and creating diverse and
flexible ways of working, as well as ways of working that are not predicated on
long hours of labor.
1. Structural Transformation
The new Telework System will be officially
implemented on April 21, 2017, which will enable flexible ways of working,
independent of location, including from home, satellite offices, on business
trips, or in transit, for all of the approximately 35,000 Fujitsu employees in
This will not be a blanket implementation.
Rather, workplaces will take the lead in studying and implementing ways of
working that improve productivity based on the environment and business
characteristics of that workplace.
2. ICT Usage
Fujitsu will build an environment in which
telework can be employed while maintaining high information security, using
thin-client devices, virtual desktops, and its own Global Communications
In order to provide timely working hours
management, Fujitsu has been implementing a system since January 2017 in which
employees can clock in and out of work from anywhere using PCs and smartphones.
In order to support operations in which
necessary overtime is only taken at the direction of a supervisor, Fujitsu
plans to implement the FUJITSU Software ID Link Manager II, developed by
Fujitsu FSAS Inc., in April 2017. This software aims to strengthen working
hours management and transform employees’ mindsets toward individual working
styles by enabling managers and general employees to think together about
efficient ways of working, keeping time in mind.
3. Transforming Mindsets
In order to deepen understanding of the aims,
meaning, and management issues involved in transforming the way Fujitsu works,
Fujitsu will be carrying out a variety of initiatives to change employees’
mindsets, including explanatory meetings and e-learning for all employees, and
management training for management positions.
Fujitsu has established a Committee to Promote
the Transformation in Ways of Working to check on the progress of Fujitsu’s
workstyle transformation, and to consider further initiatives, promoting a transformation
in ways of working across the company as a whole. In addition, Fujitsu is
continuing its internal implementation of methods to improve productivity using
technology, such as AI, and also continuing to use the results of this
implementation to develop services to offer to customers.