TOKYO: Hitachi Ltd. said Monday that it will encourage employees to take paid leave from Dec. 28 to Jan. 8 next year.
The move comes as the government and the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, calls on businesses to spread out their year-end and New Year holidays.
The Japanese company will call on employees who plan on working on those days to do that from home.
The company will not hold meetings and other events involving gatherings of employees during the 12-day period in principle.
Hitachi plans to skip a New Year’s address by its CEO that is usually held at its Tokyo main office on the first business day of the year. Instead, it is considering posting a CEO message online.
“We want to promote the dispersal of the timing of employee returns to their hometowns, while limiting the impact on operations as much as possible,” a public relations official said.