Fujitsu has announced it will reduce its office space in Japan by 50% and switch completely to a hot desk system by the end of the fiscal year 2022.

Fujitsu said the new plans are part of what the company has dubbed as its “work life shift” campaign that is aiming to introduce new flexible working arrangements for staff.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, Fujitsu has encouraged its 85,000 employees in Japan, other than factory workers, to do their jobs from home. The policy remained in place even after the government lifted its state of emergency in May.

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The company is embracing remote work in a break from the traditional approach taken by Japanese companies. Even before the pandemic, work hours were flexible at Fujitsu, company officials said.

Fujitsu will revamp its personnel system so that work can be performed remotely and enable employees to be evaluated by their bosses without having them in the office, the officials added.

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