Japan is an economic powerhouse and often ranked as one of the most innovative countries globally. Its advanced technological infrastructure and strong electronics good industry accelerate digital transformation in almost all areas of life such as mobility, school, and work. And yet there are still areas in life in which the benefits of technological advance fall short of their true potential.
Telework or telecommuting, as some call it, is one of the most surprising examples: Compared to the United States and Europe, where working from outside the office is a common practice for many employees, only one out of six companies in Japan offered their employees to work from outside the office in 2017. The numbers are slowly increasing and the Japanese government is actively promoting working-style innovation, but for most of the Japanese employees, telework is still no common practice.
Boehringer Ingelheim Japan is one of the pioneers when it comes to telework. Already in October 2017, Boehringer Ingelheim Japan introduced telework as part of their work style reform, using “Design Your Day!” as the keyword. This is to have the employees design their day by themselves in order to enhance the quality of time spent both at work and in life.