Work-Life Balance

Basic Approach

The CITIZEN Group is working to put in place the necessary framework to create an ideal working environment in which all employees can strike a balance between their work and private lives.

Schemes for Ideal Working Environments

CITIZEN WATCH pursues to create a pleasant working environment by allowing employees to take paid day-off in increments of one hour and other measures. Shortened working hours for child care is also available until children completed the fourth year of elementary school, and working hours may be reduced by two hours per day so employees can provide nursing care. On other fronts, we have extended the eligibility for our school-pool-leave scheme, which is designed to support employees looking after and raising children, until the end of junior high school as a means of promoting flexible way of working.

Off-site class on being aparenting-supportive boss

A “parenting-supportive boss” is a manager or supervisor who understands male employees or subordinates participating in parenting, and who takes actions such as endeavoring to create a work environment that facilitates balancing both work and parenting by encouraging them to, for instance, take child-care leave.
CITIZEN ELECTRONICS conducted an off-site class on being a “parenting-supportive boss” that was sponsored by the Fujiyoshida City Council for Promoting Gender Equality. Persons raising children and their supervisors discussed on creating an environment that makes it easy to successfully balance work and parenting. While the level of satisfaction with taking child-care leave is high, there is much call for taking day-to-day paid leave and managing overtime, and the class became an opportunity to recognize anew the current work situation and a vision for the future.

Employee Usage of Childcare Leave (Nine Major Group Companies) (as of March 31, 2017)

Employee Usage of Nursing Care Leave (Nine Major Group Companies) (as of March 31, 2017)

TOPICS In-House Childcare Facilities: Bakke Nursing Room

The Tohoku Manufacturing Site of CITIZEN WATCH MANUFACTURING has established and operated the Bakke Nursing Room at the site. The nursing room was established so that fathers and mothers can work nearby their children with a sense of security, with hopes of cultivating interest in manufacturing among the children, who can see their parents at work, and of fostering future generations of CITIZEN workers. There are some degrees of interaction between the nursing room and workers, and those become positive stimulus for both.