Celebration of Our 40th Anniversary
The Pasona group celebrated its 40th anniversary on February 16. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us up to now.
Particularly at this time, the government and companies are taking a variety of initiatives in an attempt to broaden opportunities for women. Looking back 40 years, we were in an era when people openly said, "Women should stay home, do housework, and raise children." Corporate personnel systems were structured around the so-called Japanese-style of employment that featured lifetime employment and seniority. There was a large disparity in the treatment of women and men since it was assumed that men would be in career-track positions and women would be general administrative staff. Even if women worked as full-time staff, there were large gaps in salary, education and training, and welfare and healthcare benefits between men and women, depending on the size of the company.
That inspired Pasona to start its Temporary Work System as a "system with no disparities in employment" so that all women, including women who were raising children or who had blanks in their resume, could work and receive benefits that were not inferior to those of full-time staff and could also receive training as well as health check-ups. Hourly pay was calculated by dividing the average annual salary of female employees at major companies by the annual working hours. So, even if a woman worked only four hours a day, her hourly pay was the same as that of a full-time female employee, and this made the hourly pay of temp staff more than double the pay of part-time workers at the time.
To eliminate the disparities in welfare in addition to the disparities in employment, we created a system so that employees could receive the same welfare benefits as at large companies, whether the company had 10, 100, or 10,000 employees, in short, regardless of whether it was large or small and regardless of the industry or region.
Since then, to support diverse working styles including support for job-seeking female college students and job creation for middle-age and senior citizen workers, Pasona has built a safety net so that anyone who wants to work is able to work with peace of mind. Measures include an in-house day care center, nursing care services, and work-at-home arrangements.
In recent years, Pasona has become involved in regional revitalization projects in the Tohoku region and in Awaji Island and Kyotango. Pasona is endeavoring to build a new industry and to create jobs through regional revitalization that will connect regions of Japan to the world.
As a "Do Tank Partner," we of the Pasona group will continue to uphold our unwavering corporate philosophy to "provide solutions to society's problems" from here forward, and we will continue to boldly work to construct new safety nets while maintaining close ties with all the people with whom we are involved and with society.