NTT DATA to lead nationwide effort to ease commuter traffic on Japan's inaugural Teleworking Day this July 24

Jul. 21, 2017


Tokyo, July 21, 2017 - NTT DATA, a global IT service provider, announced today that 5,800 employees, or more than half of the company’s Tokyo headquarters workforce, will either work from home or stagger their commuting hours on Japan’s first Teleworking Day, July 24. The number of participating NTT DATA employees will be the largest among more than 500 companies scheduled to join Teleworking Day.

The day, announced by the government this past April, was established to promote teleworking nationwide and create momentum for work-style reforms, triggered by the opportunity created by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics Games, which will open on July 24, 2020. NTT DATA headquarters are in Tokyo’s Toyosu district, where congestion is expected to be high during the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Teleworking Day is a joint collaboration involving Japanese government agencies, the Tokyo metropolitan government and the business community. The aims are to ease overcrowding on roads and trains during rush hours and to encourage work-style reforms, including increased teleworking. The participating companies are expected to offer employees teleworking systems and procedures.

NTT DATA will be one of many specially recognized companies that will have at least 100 employees taking part and will report on the results after the event. Of NTT DATA’s 5,800 participating employees, 2,900 will work remotely and 2,900 will shift their office arrivals to before 8 am or after 10 am, avoiding the most congested commuting hours. In addition, 1,800 NTT DATA employees will take the day off, meaning that 7,600 employees in total will contribute to Teleworking Day.

NTT DATA has been promoting work-style reforms in-house for decades. It introduced flextime in 1993, launched its first telework trial in 2006 and then expanded teleworking companywide in 2008.

When NTT DATA introduced teleworking companywide in 2008, it did not catch hold immediately because many employees mistakenly thought it was for people working under time constraints, such as those providing family nursing care or childcare. Also, teleworking was not easy for system development employees, who account for 70% of the company’s total workforce, because initially they could only collaborate via email or by working on documents from home. Since then, however, NTT DATA’s Integrated Development Cloud has created a system development environment in the cloud, instead of individual divisions, to provide employees with access from anywhere. Moreover, NTT DATA has further strengthened system security, introduced more thin-client devices and made internal systems accessible via smartphones, thereby creating a robust environment that all teleworking-capable employees can use with full confidence.

According to Shiho Sugiyama, head of Diversity Development Office in NTT DATA’s Human Resources Headquarters, “July 24 will be the largest-ever telework experiment for our company, but we are confident that we have the necessary telework systems and procedures to accommodate a large number of our employees. The planned scale of our participation in Teleworking Day is a successful result of our continuing efforts to introduce work-style innovation. NTT DATA will continue to play a leading role in promoting work-style reforms throughout Japan as we head towards 2020.”


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