Work-style Innovation: Rhetoric vs Reality

Nov. 21, 2018 12:00 - 14:00


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Much has been made of the Japanese Government's attempt to drive 'Work-style Innovation". Faced with a decreasing population, ageing society and declining birthrate, the Abe administration has devised measures to revise the nation's labour regulations and improve productivity.

"Your company can benefit from a more agile work environment where employees are engaged, space and technology are optimized, and costs are reduced!" What firm could say no?

However, conversations around the issue in Japan's public and private sectors have become complicated by various factors, including deep cultural mores and work-life balance. Many workplace challenges that have been left unaddressed for a long time are now coming to the fore. One is the challenge of protecting the rights, health and safety of workers - both full-time and contracted. Another is the challenge of gender equity, which needs to be realised if women are to play a greater role in society and business. And the latest challenge is the latest industrial revolution - the digital shift.

Work-style reform is, of course, not simply about ordering employees to raise their game -  it requires a complete reform of management strategy and organisational infrastrucutre. Business leaders must be primed and motivated to tackle this burning 21st century challenge - by eliminating unnecessary work, improving staff evaluation and compensation packates, making their operations more efficient, and involving their clients and other external stakeholders in the effort. 


So, are your in-house practices keeping up? Are the technological pieces in place for you to drive change? And, crucially, is your workforce embracing new ways of working?

Supported by your BCCJ peers, all with an interest in driving work-style innovation, why not join our workshop on November 21, to exchange updates and assess progress on this hot topic?



Daniel Ring
Head of HR in Japan, NatWest Markets

Daniel works as Head of HR in Japan for Natwest Markets. Prior to his current role, Daniel has also worked as an HR Consultant for the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, before progressing to HR Business Partner at Natwest Markets in Singapore.


Joris Berkhaut
Associate Manager, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

Joris works in the global office leasing team of Mitsui Fudosan, Japan’s largest real estate developer. He is responsible for building and fostering relationships with senior executives and key decision makers, and advises on corporate real estate, workplace strategy, office location and real estate markets.


Jon Robertson
President and GM, VMware Japan 

Mr. Jon T. Robertson serves as President of VMware K.K. Mr. Robertson served as General Manager of Southeast Asia Operations at VMware, Inc. since April 20, 2012. Mr. Robertson has more than 20 years experience in technologies in the Asia Pacific region and in Japan.




Lori Henderson MBE
Executive Director, British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

As Executive Director of the BCCJ, Lori Henderson is responsible for the leadership, general management and communications strategy of the organisation.



Heather McLeish
Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, Ernst & Young 

Heather McLeish is a Senior Manager in EY Japan’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice. In addition to being responsible for the overall business development of the CCaSS team, Heather focuses how institutional investors are pushing companies for better disclosure and reporting on nonfinancial risks.



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Workstyling Tokyo Midtown Roppongi
Tokyo Midtown Roppongi Business Tower 18F 9-7-1 Akasaka Minato-ku

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