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Employees

The spirit of Sozosei (creativity) instilled in all employees in the Otsuka group stems from their desire to fulfill the corporate philosophy. The group fosters a corporate culture that encourages a diverse workforce to break out of the conventional, broaden their perspectives, and embrace personal development. This collective creativity, in turn, enables the group companies to continue developing innovative products that enrich society.

Work-Life Balance

The Otsuka group respects the diverse values and lifestyles of its employees. It endeavors to create workplace environments that allow all employees to realize their full potential while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Caregiver Support

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: seminar to help employees balance work and home care responsibilities

Otsuka group companies promote various initiatives enabling employees to remain at work while still fulfilling home care responsibilities.
The group programs include caregiver leave, shorter working hours for caregiving (for up to one year) and caregiver flextime (for up to one year). Employees who need to support or provide home care to a relative are encouraged to use these programs.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical offers caregiver leave periods that exceed statutory requirements, while Taiho Pharmaceutical is also working to enhance its programs, such as paying the social insurance premiums for employees on caregiver leave. The company encourages the use of these programs and publicizes program information on the company intranet. This includes programs available to employees with home care responsibilities and the respective program contact information. The company also holds regular seminars to raise employee awareness and understanding related to balancing work and home care responsibilities, and to provide employees with valuable information on care-giving.
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical has set up a system that allows employees to save up to 100 annual paid leave days as accumulated leave that would otherwise expire unused. This leave can be used if an employee gets sick, and also if the employee needs time off to care for a family member. Together with legally mandated nursing care leave, this system provides additional support for employees to balance their work and family responsibilities.
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Parenting Support

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Acquires Platinum Kurumin certification

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Member of “Ikuboss*” *Ikuboss means “childcare (ikuji) boss”

Otsuka group companies in Japan have been accredited with the Kurumin mark,*1 which recognizes enterprises that support raising the next generation of children by creating workplace environments that support employees with childcare responsibilities. The group offers a parenting leave system, shorter work hours for childcare reasons, and a parenting flextime work program. In addition to maternity leave as prescribed by law, a consultation service has been set up to help female employees return to work after parenting leave. Otsuka also has daycare centers inside some workplaces.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical has established support systems that go above and beyond legal requirements to provide expectant female employees with flexible work hours, and also raise awareness of childcare issues in male employee through participation in the Ikuboss Project*2. Through efforts such as these, the company is fostering a corporate culture that supports employees who are raising children.
At Taiho Pharmaceutical, systems have been established that exceed the legal requirements for shortened working hours and child sick-care leave. Furthermore, the company promotes initiatives such as allowing sales employees to drive their preschool children to and from daycare in their company vehicles. The company obtained Platinum Kurumin certification*1 from the Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in January 2017.
Otsuka Foods strives to fully support female employees by making it easier for them to balance work and childcare responsibilities. From the time the company is informed of the pregnancy to the employee’s return after parenting leave, three-way consultations are held involving the employee concerned, her boss, and human resources staff.
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical supports the health and economic welfare of employees with childrearing responsibility through measures to help pay for baby formula, babysitting expenses, and medical checkups. The aim is to promote the use of parenting leave and create a smooth return to work for employees.
 
*1 Under the Kurumin program, the Japanese Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare certifies companies that meet certain criteria, such as creation of an action plan and achievement of goals based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children. Companies that have already received Kurumin certification are eligible for Platinum Kurumin certification once they have achieved an even higher level of child-rearing support initiatives.
*2 A corporate network consisting of the NPO, Fathering Japan, and member companies. Its aim is to foster awareness in corporate managers to consider the importance of work-life balance for themselves as well as their team members, and raise awareness among other managers (Ikuboss = “childcare (ikuji) boss”).
Employees taking parenting leave
  FY2015 FY2016
  Male Female Male Female
Otsuka Pharmaceutical 0 116 5 130
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory 0 25 0 34
Taiho Pharmaceutical* 39 30 57 28
Otsuka Chemical 0 1 0 1
Otsuka Warehouse 0 5 1 2
Otsuka Foods 0 5 0 7
Total 39 182 63 202

* At Taiho Pharmaceutical, male employees are encouraged to use the program, even for short periods.

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Workplace Childcare

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: BeanStalk Kids Center TOKUSHIMA

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Sukusuku Nursery in Ibaraki Prefecture

Since 2011 within the Otsuka group, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has operated the BeanStalk Kids Centers Tokushima and Osaka, while Taiho Pharmaceutical operates the Sukusuku Nursery in Ibaraki in order to support employees requiring childcare. By establishing daycares with flexible services—such as accepting new children each month, and offering temporary and extended-hour childcare—the Otsuka group helps female employees advance their careers, and encourages male employees to more actively participate in childcare. In particular, the BeanStalk Kids Center Tokushima has been well received by parents and children. It is managed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical and offers a remarkable program that emphasizes the nurturing of creativity, and has no manufactured playground equipment. Initially, the enrollment was set at 100 children, which expanded to 150 in 2014, and is increasing to 210 children in 2017. The aim is to continue supporting the varied lifestyles of employees while also energizing the organization by attracting a diversity of employees.
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Initiatives to Prevent Long Work Hours

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As part of efforts to reduce overtime hours, Otsuka Warehouse uses its intranet to post the name and clock-out time of the last team to leave each night for each floor of the office building. The result of this effort has been higher employee awareness of their time-use productivity, reduced overtime hours in fiscal 2016 by 18% from the previous year, and an increase in the use of paid time off each year.
The problem of long working hours has worsened among drivers in the logistics sector. In 2015, Otsuka Warehouse developed and introduced a smartphone app as part of a delivery time reservation system, which has shortened excessive driving hours. Drivers now book their delivery times in advance, can unload upon arrival, and thus have reduced driver wait-times by 65%. From warehouse receiving to shipment, logistics is a relay operation involving external companies. Otsuka Warehouse will continue to implement various initiatives aimed at improving the way employees function within the supply chain.

Percentage of employees taking paid leave (including full-time plus contract employees / carryover days)
  FY2015 FY2016
Otsuka Pharmaceutical 63.8% 66.6%
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory 52.9% 53.8%
Taiho Pharmaceutical 69.5% 71.0%
Otsuka Chemical 56.6% 67.1%
Otsuka Warehouse 57.1% 61.4%
Otsuka Foods 53.5% 56.2%

 

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Development of a Delivery Time Reservation System
Toshihiro Murata Section Chief, Logistics Department
Otsuka Warehouse Co., Ltd.
 

In October 2015, I noticed a line of trucks waiting to unload at the logistics center, and knew it was an opportunity for system development. The cause of the problem was the conventional operating method. Other businesses, such as hairdressers, have improved efficiency thanks to the proliferation of smartphones. The reservation system we introduced is based on the same model. By providing visible unloading and schedule times, we created a highly efficient process for truck drivers and our warehouse. Logistics is similar to passing the baton in a relay race. Otsuka Warehouse acts as the intermediary between producers and our customers, and we will continue to promote activities that improve this dynamic relationship.

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Workplace Tours

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: Family factory tour

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Otsuka Warehouse: Factory tour for elementary and junior high school students

The Otsuka group conducts workplace tours for employee family members that promote family understanding of employee work lives.
The Tokushima Itano Factory of Otsuka Pharmaceutical held a workplace tour for family members, and about 40 people participated. In addition to visiting the manufacturing line, the young participants enjoyed a meal in the employee cafeteria and were able to try on company uniforms.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory organized a plant tour for children during their school summer vacation. More than 70 kids learned about the company's philosophy and history, and toured production facilities of beverages and medications.
Each year Otsuka Warehouse conducts a workplace tour for about 40 of the employee’s children, including those of partner companies. In addition to visits to group factories, warehouses and offices, tours may also include hands-on activities such as learning the proper way to exchange business cards, trying out a videoconferencing system, and even riding in a truck or on a forklift. Through these experiences, employee family members can better appreciate the important role that the Otsuka group plays in society.
The group will continue to provide opportunities to promote work life understanding through events that bring family members into workplaces.
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