Akane Takemoto, who works in our General Affairs/Legal Group, is one person who has been able to work full-time because of the reduced working hours, telework and flex time system introduced by the Work-style Reform Project. As a mother of elementary school-age children, Ms. Takemoto says that changes to her working style have changed the way she interacts with her children:
“I feel that the best thing about teleworking is that I can coordinate my time with my children’s time. Children have a lot of homework in elementary school, and I think it’s best to do homework according to the child’s own timing. My long commute means that I would arrive home after 8 p.m., so my children had to adjust to my schedule every day. However, by teleworking, I think that I can adjust to my children’s schedule more than before, and I think we also communicate more now that I spend more time at home. I’m also glad that I can be here for them when they come home and say ‘Welcome back!’ From now on, I’d really like to continue to balance teleworking with time in the office.”
Ms. Takemoto added that fulfillment in her private life also makes her more feel more motivated at work.