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Can Dentsu successfully implement work-style reforms?

  • July 27, 2017
  • , NHK
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NHK’s “Close-up Gendai+” reported on major advertising agency Dentsu, which has been strongly criticized for allowing its employees to work long hours after a young female employee committed suicide due to overwork last year. The program reported on various efforts by Dentsu to change the working styles of its employees, including turning off all the lights at 10 p.m. and setting a goal to reduce working hours by 20% by 2019. However, some employees have no choice but to continue working at home or at restaurants even after 10 p.m. because of their workload. Dentsu CEO Yamamoto said in an interview that it is his responsibility to create an environment where employees can do good work while maintaining healthy lifestyles. The program said about 200 people die or commit suicide due to overwork annually in Japan, stressing that Japanese firms and workers can no longer put off addressing the issue.

 
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