JAPAN Announces Policy to Work and Leave Office After Emergency Declaration Lifted

On May 22, IBM Japan announced its “Return to Workplace”, a policy of responding to the government’s emergency declaration associated with a new coronavirus infection.

According to the company, 95% of IBM’s employees work from home. Regarding the resumption of the company, he said, “We will consider the clinical situation, such as whether a sustained and significant slowdown will be seen when evaluated at double acceleration in the number of new infections, as well as the availability of services such as public transportation, education, and nursing care, and will expand our response at four stages. The contents of each stage are as follows.

Wave 0: Response to emergency declaration, do not go to the office as much as possible at the request of the government
Wave 1: It is a response for two months after the emergency declaration was lifted, and only the minimum number of employees came to the office in Japan due to the so-called soft lockdown, and the current response in real Wave 1 will continue in June and July even when the emergency is declared. Subject to change depending on the situation)
Wave 2: After the release of the emergency declaration, employees who had been at the office every day during normal times from the third month (scheduled to start in August in Japan) generally went to the office once or twice a week.
Wave 3: After the release of the emergency declaration, employees who had been at the office every day during normal times from the fifth month (scheduled to be after October) generally went to the office two to three times a week.

IBM Japan has determined that the situation as of May 22 as Wave 0, and will continue its current telecommuting system for the time being, except for some operations that cannot be remotely worked, even after the state of emergency was lifted nationwide.

As of May 22, 2020, IBM Japan’s policy of visiting and working

In addition, it is said that it will thoroughly measure measures against the risk of infection, such as avoiding sealing, dense, and close, frequent lysis and careful implementation of gargle and hand washing, securing masks and social distances of about 2 meters at work, and moving to online held by arranging face-to-face meetings and events as much as possible.