• CSR / Environment

    Activities to Support Work-Life Balance

    Activities to Support Work-Life Balance

    In line with its promotion of diversity, Sharp supports its employees by creating a rewarding, safe, and healthy workplace. Sharp gives employees a choice of work styles—allowing them to select the style that best suits them at various stages in their lives—thereby helping them achieve a work-life balance that will enable them to lead rich lives both at work and at home.

    Specifically, Sharp is expanding support programs focusing on childcare and nursing care, and it is distributing guidebooks and providing other information to promote use of the programs. In addition, to help employees achieve an efficient working style that offers satisfaction both at the company and at home, Sharp continuously promotes initiatives like the No Overtime Day and encourages employees to plan for and take their annual paid vacation days.

    These efforts have earned high appraisal from outside the company, with Sharp receiving certification from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children.

    Work-Life Balance Guidebook and Nursing Care Guidebook

    Promoting Childcare Leave for Male Employees

    To create a more employee-friendly workplace, Sharp has made efforts to establish a support system and environment in which both male and female employees can participate in child rearing. Japan is undergoing a low birth rate, diversifying work and life styles, and an increase in double-income households. In light of this, Sharp is expanding and improving its childcare leave system and encouraging more male employees to take part in child rearing. As a result, many male employees have taken childcare leave.

    Sharp will continue to support its employees’ active participation in childcare and in family life with their children.

    Work-Life Balance Support Programs (Main Programs and Participation at Sharp Corporation)


    Program Name


    Fiscal 2015
    ( ): Men
    Fiscal 2016
    ( ): Men
    Fiscal 2017
    ( ): Men
    Childcare Leave*1

    Allows leave until the child turns two years old. (The 10-day period beginning at the start of the childcare leave is treated as a period with pay.)

    <Fiscal 2017>
    Return to work rate  Men: 100%   Women: 94.5%
    Retention rate*2    Men: 94.3%   Women: 97.8%

    Reduced-Hours Employment during Childbearing/Childcare

    A system by which an employee can reduce work time by up to three hours per day (in units of 30 minutes) during pregnancy. Also allows a female/male employee to work under the same reduced-hours employment system until the last day of March after her/his child has reached the sixth year of elementary school.

    24 15 14
    Childcare Support Work Program Allows flexible work schedules (work day start and end times) until the last day of March after the child has reached the sixth year of elementary school. This allows an employee to shorten working hours up to an average of three hours per day in one-hour units. 426 358 366
    Nursing Care Leave*1 Allows an employee to take leave to care for a family member requiring permanent nursing care for a total of two years (can be divided up). 8 7 6
    Nursing Care Support Work Program Allows flexible work schedules (work day start and end times) during a six-month period in order to carry out nursing care. (Can be changed if necessary.) This allows an employee to shorten working hours up to an average of three hours per day in one-hour units. 5 6 9
    Other Programs Multipurpose Leave, Multipurpose Leave Taken in One-Hour Units (or half-day units), Staggered Commuting Hours for Pregnant Woman, Guaranteed Reemployment after Childbearing/Childcare, Reemployment after Returning from a Spouse’s Overseas Transfer, Reemployment after Nursing Care, Reduced-Hours Employment or Reduced Weekly Working Days for Nursing Care, Subsidies for Families of Single Employees Conducting Nursing Care, Paternity Leave, Daycare Adaption Leave, Travel Expense Subsidies for Single Employees Returning Home for Nursing Care, Nursing Care Leave (in half-day units), Nursing Leave (in half-day units), Home Helper Expense Subsidies, Leave of Absence or Annual Paid Holidays for Fertility Treatment, Fertility Treatment Financing System, Reduced-Hours Employment for Career Development Support, Volunteer Leave, Subsidy for Fees of Non-Registered Daycare Facilities, One-off Payments for Employees Making an Early Return from Childcare Leave, Subsidy for Fees for Sick Children Daycare and Extended Daycare
    • *1 Personnel evaluations conducted while an employee is on childcare leave or nursing care leave will never work against the employee in terms of receiving a raise, promotion, or bonus.
    • *2 Percentage of employees still working 12 months after returning to work.