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Why Work-Life Balance should be your organization's top priority

Why Work-Life Balance should be your organization's top priority

5 months ago by Garvita Singh

There are many Challenges for the workforce in Japan. Japan is known for its work culture that often glorifies long hours of work and puts work ahead of personal life. While speaking with a Japan Country manager last week he said to me "Generally speaking, Women that do get promoted to C level positions are ones that are single, Women with a family are very rarely seen leading companies". Women in Japan face unique challenges in the labor force, one major obstacle is the traditional gender roles in Japanese society. Women are often expected to prioritize family responsibilities, such as caring for children and elderly relatives, over their careers. This can result in lower rates of full-time employment. Less women in the workforce means less workers overall leading to reduced pool of available talent, increased competition for workers and Increased workload for everyone. These challenges can be solved by not only promoting but also prioritizing Work-Life Balance in your company.

Increasing the pool of Available talent:

By offering flexible work arrangements, such as remote work options and flexible schedules, companies can attract a wider range of candidates who may not be able to commit to traditional work arrangements. Since Women in Japan face obstacles of traditional roles in Japanese society, women are expected to prioritize family responsibilities, having the option to do flex time/ work form home can increase rates of full-time employment which would mean more women in the workforce leading to increase in the overall talent pool.

Fighting the increased competition for workers:

Offering benefits such as paid time off, Flex time and wellness programs can signal to potential hires that the company prioritizes work-life balance and cares about the well-being of its employees. This can make the company more attractive to candidates who are seeking a healthy work-life balance and who prioritize their mental and physical health.

Reducing workload and burnout leading to higher retention - AKA no need for constant hiring:

Offering flexible working arrangements, such as telecommuting or flexible working hours, which allow employees to better manage their workloads and responsibilities. This can help reduce stress levels and burnout by allowing employees to better balance their personal and professional lives. Furthermore, implementing wellness programs, training programs and encouraging employees to take paid time off can help employees manage stress and improve their physical and mental health which will lead to reduced risk of burnout leading to increased job satisfaction and a more engaged workforce.

Workforce in Japan faces many challenges, such as glorifying overwork and expectation from Women to prioritize family responsibilities over their careers. This results in lower rates of full-time employment, reduced pool of available talent, and increased competition for workers. To address these challenges, it is recommended to promote work-life balance in companies by offering flexible work arrangements, benefits such as paid time off and wellness programs, and implementing training and development programs. These steps can increase the pool of available talent, reduce competition for workers, and reduce workload and burnout, leading to higher retention rates and a more engaged workforce.