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Many paid holidays and large bonuses contribute to company profit?

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As soon as you join e-Jan, you get 11 paid holidays. Paid holidays will increase one day each year until it goes up to 20 per year. Other than that, the company allows 5 holidays for each summer and winter seasons, outside of the regular paid holidays. As per the summer holiday, you can take them anytime between July and September. The number of paid holidays adds up to 4 weeks to start with, and goes up to 6 weeks per year. On top of that, Japan has 20 national holidays throughout the year. It sounds like we are lazier than most other Japanese companies.

We allow employees to work remotely; from home, from satellite-offices, from bullet trains, etc. We call it telework, and from this August, a new telework system has been officially adopted, allowing anyone who declares in advance to use the system. The employees' annual income is larger than that of the average IT company due to our generous bonuses. The company has been profitable for twelve consecutive years, so many paid holidays and high income contribute to the company's profitability.

How is this be possible?

I think it is time to rethink what work is about. If you were hardworking, you would be doing so regardless of place and time. The more refreshing experiences you have, the better ideas and energy you'd gain. Many days off and working remotely, could make you realize the importance of helpful and friendly co-workers. A cooperative and non-competitive but serious atmosphere not only helps each employee to accomplish their goals, but also get stimulated and motivated. I believe, large bonuses enrich employees' personal experiences and eventually would contribute back to strengthen our cooperative atmosphere.

From the management side, managers would be required to trust employees who might take advantage of and freeride the system. On top of that, paying large bonuses might not have been justifiable. However, I chose to trust and give first, then wait for the results. So far, it seems to be working fine. Business is not a zero-sum game. It is a game of creation. Hmmm..., I really like these kinds of experiments!

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