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Toyota to broaden scope of work-from-home program

03 Jul 2020
Toyota Motor Corp aims to reduce coronavirus infection risks through teleworking. (AFP)
Toyota Motor Corp aims to reduce coronavirus infection risks through teleworking. (AFP)
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Updated 03 Jul 2020
03 Jul 2020

NAGOYA: Toyota Motor Corp. will expand its teleworking program to not only cover all office workers, but also some professionals starting in September, company officials said Thursday.

With the move, the leading Japanese automaker aims to reduce coronavirus infection risks and make working more flexible, diversified and improve productivity.

Toyota introduced the work-from-home program in 2002 exclusively for career-track employees to support their child rearing. The program was specially expanded at the end of March this year in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak. As a result, office workers at its headquarters in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture,Tokyo and Nagoya work from home.

The special measure ended on May 31, but the company has since kept promoting teleworking.

According to the officials, all career-track workers, clerical workers and people working short time will not have to commute from September.

In addition, Toyota plans to allow remote working by certain skilled workers. But the company has yet to determine whom the program will specifically cover, because such professionals vary from product development engineers to test drivers and factory workers.

Further study needs to be done on teleworking demand and challenges, the officials noted.

JIJI Press

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