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Enabling an even more flexible work culture
Bosch Japan launches home office system for general staff
New home office system to enhance systems for child-care and nursing care, and illness or injury

  • Supporting associates' work-life balance
  • Turnover rate of around 1 percent
  • Aiming for a 10 percent female manager ratio by 2020
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  • 2015/10/16
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Tokyo – Bosch will introduce a new home office system for office associates in Japan starting from November 1, 2015. With this, the leading global supplier of technology and services will create a more flexible and efficient work environment. "This new system allows many of our indirect associates to telecommute, reducing their commuting time and increasing the time they can spend with their families. It will therefore help to improve their work-life balance. It is also expected to produce better results by boosting job satisfaction even higher and lifting productivity", said president and representative director Udo Wolz.

Home office possible for up to 40 hours per month
Working flexibly to create a work-life balance has been possible at Bosch since the mid-1990s. In Japan, Bosch already had implemented regulations on home office system for the associates with childcare, nursing care, and illness or injury. The scope will now be widened to allow people with a certain amount of work that can be carried out at home who wish to use the system the option of telecommuting with the approval of their supervisor. Under the system, up to 40 hours per month can be worked at home, and people can either work all day or part of a day at home. Telecommuters apply to their supervisors to receive approval for their telecommuting hours and planned work by the day before the telecommuting day.

To promote diversity in gender, nationality, generation, and culture, the Bosch Group is undertaking a worldwide diversity promotion drive. As part of this initiative, the Bosch Group in Japan established a team of associates called Diversity@bosch Japan in January 2014. The participating associates from various departments conducting activities across divisional boundaries on the three themes of "Time Management," "Study of Home office," and "Child/Nurse care support." One of these, the home office study group, conducted a study of systems in place at other companies and in the Bosch Group overseas, and proposed a new system. That proposal formed the basis of a pilot project that ran for two months from February through March, 2015.

Identifying potential challenges through a pilot project
Over 50 associates from various Bosch business divisions and departments participated in the pilot project. After discussing the results of questionnaires and interviews with the associates and their supervisors, they were reflected in a final proposal for the system. The participants were 60 percent male, 40 percent female, and 30 percent of them were of management rank. As a result of the questionnaire, 83 percent of the participants and 75 percent of the participating supervisors found the system satisfactory, and 95 percent of participants and 94 percent of their supervisors responded that the efficiency of work conducted at home office was equal to or greater than work performed in the office. Some participants pointed to network speed as challenge, but this has already been addressed and measures have been taken by the information systems department. Moreover, in selecting the work to be performed at home, several ideas for improving efficiency were also submitted, and the pilot thereby functioned as an opportunity to review the overall work system.

Greater support for achieving work-life balance
Bosch Corporation introduced a refresh leave system in 1995, and has achieved an annual leave usage rate of almost 100 percent among non-management ranks. This is extremely high compared with the automobile industry average of around 80 percent and the overall national average (of major manufacturers) of around 50 percent. In addition, as part of a system to help associates achieve a work-life balance, Bosch provides more than the legally mandated amount of leave for childcare, or nursing care of children. Under law, companies are required to provide childcare leave until the child's first birthday. However, Bosch also considers the period required for children to adjust to attending daycare, and allows associates to extend childcare leave beyond the child's birthday up until the last day of the following April, or until the last day of the child's 18th month. "We do what we can to help our associates structure their work arrangements. With part-time work, and the possibility of telecommuting, mothers and fathers are given the flexibility they need to balance the demands of professional and private life. It's a win-win situation all around: for our associates, for their families, and for us as a company." said Executive Vice President and Director Morikawa who oversees human resources.

Bosch targets 10 percent female managers by 2020
Bosch Corporation has maintained a turnover rate in the 1% level for many years. The company will continue making efforts to ensure working environments that are easy for associates to work in and to promote active participation of women. Worldwide, the Bosch Group is targeting a female manager ratio of 20 percent by 2020, with Bosch Japan targeting a ratio of 10 percent by the same year. Morikawa added, "Diversity is a strength of the Bosch Group. I believe our low turnover rate shows that associates are proud to work in the Bosch Group. Looking ahead, we plan to focus on issues such as time management strategies, to increase the number of role models among management."

Yuka Matsumoto
Naomi Funada
Phone: +81 3 5485-3393
About Bosch in Japan
Bosch in Japan is currently represented in the country by Bosch Corporation, Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. and other affiliates. Bosch Corporation is responsible for the development, manufacturing, sales and services of automotive original equipment, automotive aftermarket products and power tools. Bosch Engineering K.K provides engineering services, such as development and application for automotive systems. ETAS.K.K. develops and provides engineering of development support tools of electrical control units. Bosch Rexroth Corporation develops and manufactures hydraulics, FA module components and other systems which contribute to industrial technologies. Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. provides processing, packaging and inspection technology. Bosch Security Systems Ltd. provides security and communication products and solutions to help secure the safety of lives, buildings and properties, and is also a supplier of professional sound systems. In 2014, Bosch Japan achieved net sales of some 340 billion yen and employed approximately 7,200 associates.

Additional information is available online at Bosch Japan Website (Japanese) Bosch Japan Twitter (Japanese) Bosch Japan facebook (Japanese and English) Bosch Japan Youtube (Japanese)

About Bosch worldwide
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology.
The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group's strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is "Invented for life."

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.

C/CCR-JP-2015-013 | 2015/10/16

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