Fujitsu to halve office space in push for remote work amid pandemic
Fujitsu Ltd. said Monday it will halve its office space by March 2023 as it pushes for more of its 80,000 domestic employees to work remotely amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The move puts the tech giant in line with major rivals Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Sony Corp. in expanding work-from-home arrangements to reduce the risk of developing COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
Since February, when the virus was just starting to spread, Fujitsu was able to reduce the number of nonfactory workers commuting to its offices by roughly 80 percent. It will also save money by terminating some rent contracts for office space.
The company says it will set up hub offices in various parts of Japan with defined functions, such as showcasing products, demonstrating cutting-edge tech systems or collaborating with customers, and will also increase satellite office spaces.
“We want to realize a smart working style that is not constrained by time and location,” Fujitsu Corporate Executive Officer Hiroki Hiramatsu, head of global human resources and corporate affairs unit, told an online news conference. read the rest here