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2010 Vol.2
Important Points in Introducing and Administering a Short-Time Regular Employee System


Recent years have seen increased attention on the reassessment of work styles in search for a work-life balance, and various relevant measures are being taken by government and companies. Traditionally, it has almost always been the case that regular employees work during the hours set by their employer and must work overtime if so ordered. Therefore, some people with time constraints due to responsibilities at home, such as raising children and taking care of household chores, have been forced to choose angirregularhwork style.
As Japan experiences a decreasing number of children, an increasing number of the elderly, and further shrinkage of the labor force, companies face a critical issue of how they can retain and train regular employees as core human resources. In such circumstances, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is promoting as national policies the introduction ofgshort-time regular employment,and companies are required to implement a system designed to offer shorter working hours for those who have small children by the Child Care and Family Care Leave Act. As these show, various attempts have been made to expand the choice of work styles, including short-time work for regular employees.
In implementing a short-time regular employment system, it is important that the system is administered according to its purposes, and ultimately retains competent employees and induces them to exert their best performance. Companies must first understand their employeesfneeds and potential issues expected to arise at the time of implementing such a system, and then design a system that is consistent with such needs and prepare solutions to the issues identified.
In addition, it is pointed out that, in administering and firmly establishing a short-time regular employment system, companies face issues associated with employee assessment and employeesfcareer building. Similarly to the case of ordinary regular employees, the system must ensure the correct evaluation of the performance of short-time regular employees and must enable them to build their career while they use the system. It is important that companies develop such a system and consistently administer it.