Japan’s workforce has long been affected by strict work schedules and long hours. As such, the government is looking for strategies to ensure maximum output from employees of different sectors. It is also considering more flexible working hours to help those hindered by such.
Two proposals to address this issue were submitted by Japan Association of Corporate Executives Chairman Yasuchika Hasegawa in a joint meeting by the Competitiveness Commission and the Council on Economic Fiscal Policy. Hasegawa presented the option to compensate certain types of employees based on output. Presently, only managers from non-unionized companies have flexible working hours, and the second option would allow all employees covered by this to choose their own hours of work, provided it meets the required number of hours in a year set by their employers. These proposals are meant to deal with the issue of forced overtime work and strict hours that affects female employees who have children to take care of.
However, specific stipulations must be established before companies could adopt these ideas. Many have raised their concerns on output-centric compensation as inexperienced workers may be forced to do overtime without pay just so they can come up with results. The issue must be further discussed and debated before implementation to ensure steps that will be taken by all sectors could promote economic growth.
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