Bosses in Japan urged to understand working mothers


Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)–As the number of working women in Japan increases, initiatives to make bosses understand what it’s like to be a working mother are on the rise.

For women, who tend to feel the need to change the way they work due to childbirth, child-rearing and other life events, to be successful in their professional careers, understanding employers and patterns is essential.

More and more companies are striving to raise awareness among executives, particularly of women’s issues, such as menstruation and menopause, and to strengthen support for working women.

“Please add some tables to the documents that we will use tomorrow.” Getting such an instruction through a phone call from a boss while cooking dinner at home and asking colleagues still in the office for help in a hurry is not uncommon for workers raising children.

Such scenes were shown to about 60 people in leadership positions via virtual reality glasses as part of a program sponsored by employment information provider Recruit Co. to allow them to experience a day in as a worker struggling to reconcile work and raising children.

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