Japan least performs in Asia when it comes to work-life balance

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One in four Japanese workers are “dissatisfied” with their work-life balance in Japan, according to recruiting experts Hays.

The 2017 Hays Asia Salary Guide highlights salary and recruiting trends drawn from more than 3,000 employers across Japan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore representing six million employees as well as the salary ranges for more than 1,200 roles. According to the survey from the 2017 Hays Asia Salary Guide, Japan scores lowly in terms of the percentage of people who indicated that their work-life balance is “poor” or “terrible” amongst the five Asian countries surveyed.

Fig. Percentage of people who said that they are “dissatisfied” or “very dissatisfied” with their own work-life balance

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Long working hours that harms work-life balance of employees are a serious issue in Japan. In many ways, this could be due to the severe labor shortage in the country” says Marc Burrage, Managing Director of Hays Japan.

An additional report produced towards the end of 2016 titled “Global Skills Index” also found that that the talent mismatch in Japan was higher than in other countries across Asia. The report which drew insight from research conducted in 33 countries spells significantly the challenges and difficulties that companies face in Japan. “Companies need to solve the issue of skill shortages in Japan by securing talent from overseas and through hiring non-regular workers in order to improve the work-life balance of existing employees” says Marc.

Short-term at least, companies should look at implementing specific work-life balance practices into their employees daily line of work. Christine Wright, Managing Director of Hays Asia suggests companies could look to arrange “flex-place working such as telecommuting, working from home or other office locations”.

Flexible working policies have been proven to improve the work-life balance of employees as those with a better work-life balance, feel more fulfilment and are usually happier.

Learn more about Japanese employee thoughts and opinions by getting your copy of the 2017 Hays Asia Salary Guide by visiting http://www.hays.co.jp/en/salary-guide or by contacting your local Hays office http://www.hays.co.jp/en/index.htm

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