Fujitsu adapts to “new normal” and will halve office space

Japan’s Fujitsu has said it will halve its office space in an attempt to adapt to the “new normal”. 

The technology group will offer its 80,000 employees the “Work Life Shift” programme, which allows flexible hours and working from home as standard where possible.

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, Fujitsu has seen the benefits for itself and employees of the flexibility of working from home, which it believes help improve performance and productivity.

The company “will introduce a new way of working that promises a more empowering, productive, and creative experience for employees that will boost innovation and deliver new value to its customers and society”.

Employees will “begin to primarily work on a remote-basis to achieve a working style that allows them to flexibly use their time according to the contents of their work, business roles, and lifestyle”.

In a move that could be made by many more employers, the change is a sign of the future for employees in many professions across the world.

In May, Twitter told workers they would also be able to continue working from home after the pandemic if they wished.

The group said: “The past few months have proven we can make that work. So if our employees are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen.”

Meanwhile, the staff at Google and Facebook are able to continue working from home until the end of the year. Mark Zuckerburg said in a live stream that within the next five to ten years, he hopes to see 50% of Facebooks employees working remotely.