Fujitsu plans to halve office space

Fujitsu is planning to reduce its office space by as much as 50% over the next three years as the company prepares for a permanent shift to telecommuting.

With the onset of the pandemic earlier this year, the company now encourages over 80,000 of their domestic office-workers to work from home. It is expected that this change will result in just 25% of the former numbers of workers being in the office at any time. Transport commuter passes will no longer be provided to employees from July onwards, although staff will receive a monthly allowance of 5,000 Yen (approx. US$46) to cover any incidentals. 

Fujitsu leases 380 properties nationwide with a total floor space of 1.2 million square meters (approx. 12.9 million square feet). Their head office is located in the 43-story Shiodome City Center Building where they occupy 16 floors.

In May, Tokyo-based telecommunications and media company DWANGO Co. announced that all 1,000 employees would now be working from home. In the same month, Hitachi announced that 70% of staff would only be required to come into the office 2 ~ 3 days a week from here on. 

If the telework trend continues it is likely to see a change in demand for office space and the way in which existing office space is used by corporations.

Sources:
The Nikkei Shimbun, July 3, 2020.
Jiji Press, July 6, 2020.

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