In the wake of the Coronavirus epidemic, Japan’s Nippon Telegraph & Telephone (NTT) group has told its employees to avoid commuting during rush hour or to work from home, as the telecom giant tries to protect staffers from the growing coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The NTT group employs more than 180,000 people in Japan, and over 50% of the people will be eligible for staggered working hours; and teleworking will expand through NTT’s group companies as they adopt the teleworking systems and establish protocols.
In addition, NTT Corporation, the group holding company, as well as major group companies, including, NTT Docomo Inc., NTT East Corporation and NTT West Corporation will not hold large-scale meetings in order to minimize risk to employees and staff from the companies will not be asked to attend outside conferences and events.
Each group company has also been asked to assign staff to consider and recommend additional preventive measures to protect employees.
Some of the group companies, such as NTT Docomo, have adopted a flexible work schedule system, which requires employees to work at their offices only between the core hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. However, during the coronavirus epidemic many employees will not have to go to the office for even the core hours, and will work completely from home.
Employees at NTT East are already using a teleworking system and the system will be expanded in coming days to cover all of employees of this company, and the teleworking system is expected to be expanded to all of the group companies by the end of February.