About Konica Minolta

Giving Shape to Ideas

Human Capital

Ensuring Work-Life Balance

Konica Minolta's Approach

Background and Issues

Balancing work and personal life is becoming more essential in today’s workplace as lifestyles change and values diversify. Pursuing a work-life balance enriches employees’ lives and broadens their perspective beyond work, while also raising individual productivity.


Konica Minolta systematically encourages communication and collaboration transcending sectional boundaries in order to enhance efficiency of the overall organization.
This enables employees to focus on tasks that lead to value creation, while proactively enriching their lives outside of work. The company aims to strengthen the potential of its human resources and create an environment of mutual trust by promoting work-life balance.

Key Measures

  • Improving labor productivity
  • Optimizing workplaces
  • Promoting information sharing and utilization
  • Setting rules for operation improvements

Promoting Work-Life Balance

Finding ways to help employees balance work-life responsibilities

Support for balancing work and childcare

Konica Minolta, Inc. is striving to enhance its system of providing the support employees need to achieve a satisfying work-life balance. The goal is to ensure that employees are able to fully demonstrate their skills and capabilities in the workplace while also achieving a fulfilling personal life that includes family, community, and self-development.

A program allowing employees to work at home during child-rearing years was introduced in October 2009. This system allows employees to work from home one to two days per week. The program is steadily building up a record of use, including by men. In April 2014, the option was also made available for employees who want to work at home in order to care for family members.

In fiscal 2016, Konica Minolta strengthened initiatives to encourage men to take parental leave. The company set a target of 13% of eligible men taking parental leave by fiscal 2020, and devised specific measures to achieve this goal, such as reinforcing education and holding interviews. These measures will be implemented from fiscal 2017.

Status of Use of Main Programs Supporting Work-Life Balance (Results for Fiscal 2016)

Results from fiscal 2015

  • Number of employees taking parental leave: 56 (including 14 men)
  • Percentage of eligible men taking parental leave: 8%
  • Rate of return to work after parental leave: 100%
    (Scope: Regular employees of Konica Minolta Inc.)

(Scope: Regular employees of Konica Minolta, Inc.)

See the Human Resources Data Summary for a record of use of work-life balance support programs.

Kurumin Mark Certification acquired from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Having achieved the goals established in an action plan formulated based on the Act on Advancement of Measures to Support Raising Next-Generation Children, and having met specified criteria, Konica Minolta, Inc. received the Kurumin Mark Certification, a designation awarded by the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare to enterprises in recognition of their efforts to support childrearing.

Introducing Work Style Reforms to reduce working hours

Additionally, beginning in April 2015, the company has been promoting workstyle reforms with the aim of improving the intellectual productivity of each employee and improving work-life balance.

As part of these efforts, the company has prohibited overtime after 8:00 pm, as a general rule, to make employees more aware of time and to encourage everyone to reevaluate their work styles. Konica Minolta also works to raise efficiency at meetings and eliminate the use of paper, and promotes the strategic use of ICT tools.

In fiscal 2016, the company tested "remote work" with managers as one option on a diverse work style menu. Given the results, this was expanded to general employees in April 2017.

Fiscal 2016 results of initiatives to reduce working hours

  • Rate of employees taking annual paid leave: 60.5%
  • Annual overtime working hours per employee: 52 hours
  • Annual total actual working hours per employee: 1,763 hours

(Scope: Regular employees of Konica Minolta, Inc.)

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