Yahoo Japan, the subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp, may soon introduce just four working days in a week for all its 5,800 employees in a bid to help them take care of their ailing parents.
"The four-day workweek system is being studied as part of an effort to ensure the hiring of competent personnel and prevent employees from quitting in order to care for ailing parents," said a report in Japan Times, quoting sources.
While the company is yet to determine the salary structure under the new system, it intends to implement the same in stages over several years.
The internet search engine will also allow employees to work from home up to five days a month from October, compared to the two days a month currently allowed.
Employees may also use holidays freely on any day of the week.
"Working hours and labor productivity is an important theme in business management, and there are issues to address, but I wish to try," said Yahoo Japan CEO Manabu Miyasaka to Kyoto News.
To recall, Fast Retailing, which operates Uniqlo in Japan, introduced four-day workweek for its employees in provincial regions last year.