A Japanese telecommunications giant is rolling out a plan to reimburse commutes for 30,000 employees — including plane rides to the office

Japan faces a labor shortage due to a rapidly aging society.

Japanese telco giant NTT will start treating office commutes as business trips, per Kyodo News.
Starting in July, NTT is slated to reimburse 30,000 employees for the cost of their commutes.
The flexible work program is aimed at attracting and retaining talents amid a labor crunch in Japan.

At Japanese telecommunications giant NTT, remote work is the new norm — and the commute is the new business trip.

Starting from July, NTT will reimburse domestic employees for their commute to the office — even if they’re a plane ride away, Kyodo News reported, citing a source familiar with the matter. Employees can work from anywhere in Japan, and the company will pay for accommodation when employees need to return to the office.

The company will roll out the program to 30,000 of its employees in Japan before expanding it, per the report. NTT said in September that it was considering allowing all of its 320,000 employees worldwide to work remotely.

NTT’s flexible work program is aimed at attracting and retaining talent amid a labor crunch in Japan, according to Kyodo. That’s as Japan faces a labor shortage due to a rapidly aging society and a large pool of women who leave their jobs after marriage due to cultural expectations.

NTT’s program also comes two years after the COVID-19 pandemic forced much of the world’s labor force to work from home, prompting some to rethink their priorities and purpose in life. This led to a Great Resignation in the US and other parts of the world. Many workers in Japan are also questioning the country’s intense work culture and corporate life in the wake of the pandemic, The New York Times reported in April.

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Source:: Businessinsider

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