Japan’s NTT to begin remote work as norm for 30,000 employees in July

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. will begin remote working in July as the new normal for about 30,000 of its domestic workers, treating participation like business travel and allowing work and travel from anywhere in Japan, even by air, a source familiar with the case said Saturday.

The telecom giant will not impose any limits on transport costs and will pay accommodation costs when employees go to work after the company, like many other companies, introduces different working styles as part of the measures. against the coronavirus pandemic, the source said.

The new plan is part of the company’s efforts to retain a talented workforce in the face of labor shortages by providing a flexible work environment. Some other Japanese companies are also introducing diverse working styles.

Flea market app operator Mercari Inc. and portal site operator Yahoo Japan Corp. launched similar programs, allowing their employees to live and work anywhere in the country.

Still, some big companies are pushing for employees to return to the office. Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk said in an email to administrative staff that he wants office workers to return to the office for a minimum 40-hour workweek or be laid off.

Honda Motor Co. and e-commerce giant Rakuten Group Inc. also reportedly halted or reduced telecommuting days, reflecting an improvement in the pandemic.

NTT employs approximately 180,000 people in Japan, 30,000 of whom will be eligible for the new program. The telecommunications company said it was considering allowing NTT Group’s 320,000 employees worldwide to work remotely.

NTT plans to start decentralizing its head office and management departments from the capital to the city centers of regional areas by next April and increase the number of its satellite offices from the approximately 400 it currently has. .

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