Improving Life-Work Balance

Policy and Basic Idea

In 2018, Nippon Shinyaku introduced a flextime system for its medical representatives (MRs). In FY 2020, the company began improving the system, expanding it to all personnel, except those in manufacturing. Furthermore, various activities have been promoted, including “Challenge 100” programs aimed at improving productivity, to reexamine and improve the way employees work.
It is well known that putting in excessively long working hours can have harmful effects on physical and mental health. At Nippon Shinyaku, we regulate working hours to keep them at appropriate levels, which is important for the personnel’s wellbeing. Employees whose number of overtime work hours has surpassed a specified mark within a set period are referred to an occupational physician for advice and consultation.

Improving Life-Work Balance

At Nippon Shinyaku, we are striving to realize a workplace environment where all employees can work with a sense of ease while fully exploring their individual potential. For the workplace to be such a place for each one of the employees representing diverse traits and situations, it must be compatible with diverse modes of working. To this end, necessary support systems have been put in place and new arrangements introduced as the need be. We are continuing these initiatives, which we hope will also contribute to improving the employees’ Life-Work balance.

Working Modes


In January 2018, Nippon Shinyaku introduced a flextime system for its medical representatives (MRs). This has made it possible for them to work in flexible manners that better accommodate their personal and family lives, enabling them to pick up children at nursery schools without delay, attend children’s school events, readjust their work schedule in consideration of their family members’ health, and so forth. Many have responded positively to the system, saying that it allows them to spend their time more efficiently than before.
In April 2020, the flextime system was expanded to cover all employees, except those in the manufacturing division. The system has helped increase employee productivity and improve their Life-Work balance.

MR rehiring

Nippon Shinyaku has a system of preferential rehiring of its MRs who leave the company for personal reasons, such as relocation due to marriage and other major life events. MRs who meet certain conditions are registered as candidates for complementary training for the possibility of joining the company and working as MRs again.


In January 2018, the company adopted a telework system that enables employees to work from home, especially to attend meetings with parties in different time zones or early in the morning or late at night. In April 2019, the telework system was revised and extended to employees working on the flextime system. Under certain circumstances wherein commuting is difficult due to reasons such as extreme meteorological conditions, suspended public transportation services, the employee’s light illness or injury, child care, or nursing care for a family member, eligible employees can work from home or in rental meeting rooms. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, telework has become applicable to the maximum to prevent the spread of viral infection. In fact, the company has made the decision to continue promoting telework among all employees (except in the manufacturing division) even after the pandemic recedes so as to realize more efficient work performance and higher productivity.