Work-Style Reforms and Work-Life Balance

Promotion of work-life balance

In terms of work-life balance, MGC endeavors to create systems, environments, and a culture in which each employee can feel secure and motivated by their work, taking an active role over the long term in ways befitting their individual circumstances.

Our return-to-work rate after childcare leave was 100% fiscal 2022. We have established a system for supporting childcare that exceeds the statutory requirements including childcare leave until a child reaches two years and one month and shorter working hours until a child enters Grade three of elementary school. We have also established an early reinstatement support system for employees who wish to return to work early after childcare leave. In June 2016, MGC was certified by the Minister of Health, Labor and Welfare as a company that supports child rearing and obtained the "Kurumin" next-generation support certification logo.

logo: Kurumin

In response to diversifying ways of working and taking time off, MGC has established a flextime system with no core time, as well as a system for accumulating annual leave (up to 40 days) and various types of special leave, including leave for marriage, childbirth, work transfers, volunteering, medical donors, and others. In addition, we are conducting trials of a work-from-home system (up to three days a week). We also have in place a system whereby those needing leave to care for family members can take up to one full year, exceeding statutory requirements. In terms of corporate culture, efforts include establishing a no-overtime day and measures to encourage employees to take their annual leave through such groups as the Shorter Hours Committee established by labor and management.

As a result of these initiatives, usage of annual leave (including managers) was 85.4% in fiscal 2022 (versus 80.9% in fiscal 2021), and total working hours averaged 1851.0 hours per employee (versus 1859.2 hours in fiscal 2021).


Total annual working hours
Graph: the bar graphs show Total annual working hours by year.

* Labor union members only

Percentage of annual paid leave being taken
Graph: the line graph shows Percentage of annual paid leave being taken by year.

* Including managers. Average acquisition results ÷ number of days granted in the attendance data for the month of May

Maternity leave
graph: the bar graphs show the number of employees on maternity leave before & after birth, and childcare leave.
  • * Parenthesis indicates the number of males who took childcare leave
  • * For women, the fiscal year of child care leave is determined by the first day of maternity leave.
  • * The fiscal year in which employees took childcare leave is determined by the starting day of the leave.
Number of employees using reduced working hours for childcare
graph: the bar graphs show the Number of employees using reduced working hours for childcare.

* Number of users during the FY

Number of employees taking nursing care leave
Graph: the bar graphs show the Number of employees taking nursing care leave.
Programs to Promote
Work-Life Balance
Purpose of Program Program Description
Systems that enable diverse methods of use of work hours Flextime Company-wide super flextime with no core time introduced (limited to daytime workers)
Teleworking Introduced company-wide teleworking up to three days per week permitted
Shortened work schedule for caregivers Employees with young children (up to third grade) or other family members requiring care can work a shortened schedule (available in 30-minute increments, up to six hours of prescribed working hours per day)
Systems that enable diverse ways of taking time off Annual paid leave by half-day Employees can take a half-day leave up to 30 times per year
Accumulating annual leave Employees can accumulate up to 40 unused paid leave from prior years for emergency use (e.g., personal illness/injury, family illness, natural disaster, Infertility treatment)
Volunteering leave Employees who volunteer to assist with emergency disaster relief can take up to three (paid) days per year to do so
Medical donor leave Employees can take up to three (paid) days per year for bone marrow donation, including registration, screening and extraction
Nursing leave for children Employees can take up to 20 personal days per year to care for children up to the sixth grade of elementary school
Nursing leave Employees can take up to five days of family care leave annually for one family member requiring care and up to 10 days in the case of multiple family members requiring care
Refresh leave Upon turning 50 years old, employees are granted five days of special (paid) vacation and paid a one-time bonus
Systems that enable employees to take time off with reassurance at times of life events Parental leave Employees unable to secure child care can take leave until child is two years old
Paternity leave Employees can take five days of (paid) leave when spouse gives birth
Nursing leave Employees can take one year of leave per family member requiring care; the year can be divided into up to three intervals
Leave for accompanying spouse overseas Employees can take a leave of absence for up to three years to accompany their spouse working overseas

Employee Awareness Survey / Employee Satisfaction Survey

In order to promote the creation of a more comfortable and challenging workplace, in 2021, we conducted an employee awareness survey to investigate employees thoughts and feelings about "Employee job satisfaction," "workplace / work situation," "satisfaction with working at our company," etc. As a result of the survey, we found that many employees find fulfillment in their work and are satisfied with working at our company.

Based on the survey results, we are conducting analyses of the current status of employees and the workplace, discussing more desirable formats, and working to apply these to effective initiatives. In addition, we will conduct periodic surveys and utilize them in measures for further enhancing the fulfillment and satisfaction of employees in the future.

Figure: the pie charts show the result of Employee Awareness Survey and Employee Satisfaction Survey. In addition, The factors with an impact on job satisfaction are explained.

Note: All employees except those on loan (non-consolidated) (response rate of 71.9%)

Work Style Reforms

MGC is promoting work style reforms as an initiative essential for improving employee's job satisfaction and productivity, and the creation of innovation.
Until now, we have implemented initiatives such as the reduction of working hours by reviewing workflow and shortening meeting times, and the creation of environments where employees can choose their work hours and sites in order to enable work styles that do not rely on long work hours and diverse and flexible work styles.

In fiscal 2020, we started trial operation for the introduction of a teleworking system, and following a detailed examination of telework implementation conditions and issues, we introduced this program in October 2023. At the same time, we are promoting the improvement of efficiency as well as the digitalization and systemization of operations, and have confirmed the effect of reducing working hours and level of establishment of measures. In light of this, we have been engaged in the reduction of total labor time and the improvement of productivity.

Also, in terms of work-life balance, MGC endeavors to create an environment in which each employee can feel secure and motivated by their work, taking an active role over the long term in ways befitting their individual circumstances. We are fostering employee awareness and establishing an accommodating workplace environment in order to achieve the fiscal 2023 goal of 0% of employees taking fewer than 10 days of annual paid leave.