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Nintendo Offers Employees a Flexible Work Schedule and Encourages Use of Paid Vacation

Nintendo Offers Employees a Flexible Work Schedule and Encourages Use of Paid Vacation - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 04 July 2022 / 1,691 Views

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa in a shareholder Q&A during the Annual General Meeting was asked what Nintendo is doing to take care of its employees.

"We recognize that in order to achieve a good work-life balance, we need to create ways of working that meet the needs of—and work for—each and every individual," said Furukawa.

"To offer a diverse work environment, we have introduced a flexible working schedule and have policies in place that encourage the use of paid vacation. We also have made progress in certain initiatives which include improvements in benefits provided to temporary employees, allowing second- and part-time jobs, and to further expand existing structures for childcare and caregiving.

"We also abolished female employee-specific uniforms several years ago, and starting this year we moved to a more flexible dress code that allows employees to choose clothes suitable to their workplace. You may see employees wearing jackets with the Nintendo logo in media articles. We still keep these jackets to remind us that Nintendo is a company that creates products.

"We're also discussing strategies to promote the active involvement of women in the workplace."

Nintendo Offers Employees a Flexible Work Schedule and Policies that Encourage Use of Paid Vacation

Shigeru Miyamoto added, "When we started making games, we had only a few dozen people in our team. Now we work with thousands. However, even with the number of people working together increasing, I think it is still very important that everyone on the team is engaged.

"I think that a team functions best when each and every person on the team understands their role, and it is the responsibility of the game directors to ensure this is the case during development. Enabling daily active engagement with their work also connects to providing emotional support for each team member.

"In addition, roles often become more divided as companies and organizations grow. However, at Nintendo, we encourage people to act beyond their roles, while looking at the overall picture. We do this because when you try new things, the way you have always done things before might not work anymore, and it is always better to have practiced starting something from scratch. I think this is part of the Nintendo DNA.

"Every year, I give a lecture to our new employees fresh out of college and our mid-career hires just joining Nintendo. In this lecture, we talk about things like the Nintendo DNA and our unique ways of engaging in work."


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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13 Comments
Zkuq (on 04 July 2022)

It always feels a bit strange reading about paid vacations as something really good, because I live in a country where that's the norm. Still, it's great for an employer to offer this.

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Kakadu18 Zkuq (on 04 July 2022)

My dad gets payed more when he's on vacation than when not.

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Zkuq Kakadu18 (on 04 July 2022)

Yeah, I left that part out... But it's the same here.

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DonFerrari Zkuq (on 05 July 2022)

That is because paid vacation is just the money diverted from the days you work to the days you don't.

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Zkuq DonFerrari (on 05 July 2022)

You're probably technically right, although I suspect when you don't have paid vacation, there's more pressure - including from employer-side - to keeping vacations shorter. In practice, I imagine having paid vacations encourage taking vacations (for the better or for the worse, but either way, we're doing very well with our system).

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DonFerrari Zkuq (on 06 July 2022)

If your vacation isn't paid I don't think company would pressure you to not take them or not make them length. Most people are terrible at managing their money, so without paid vacations most likely a lot of people wouldn't even take any vacation at all unless ordered by company or law.

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Zkuq DonFerrari (on 06 July 2022)

I agree that most people are terrible with money... Other than that, I refrain from commenting about what you said, since I currently lack the expertise about the subject.

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DonFerrari Zkuq (on 06 July 2022)

No problem. In Brazil I have a 13 salary (because we have monthly wages not weekly and well 4*13=52 so with 12 months there would be 4 weeks missing), and our law have paid vacation that gets a bonus of 30% (so if you take a full 30 days, that is the expected per law you get 1.3 of your wage on that month...both the 13 wage and vacation bonus needs to average your wage for the year to account for extra hours for example) so in general we have 13.3 salaries. And if you want to sell vacation you can sell up to 10 days which will get you another bonus of 30% for working.

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Jumpin Zkuq (on 05 July 2022)

Japan is fairly nuts when it comes to work and school schedules. I’m not sure if this is still true, but when I was younger Japanese school kids went six days a week instead of the 4 and a half or 5 of other westernized countries

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DonFerrari (on 05 July 2022)

So Nintendo is doing what is basic in other industries, the scary part is that many companies aren't doing even it.

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TheBraveGallade DonFerrari (on 07 July 2022)

you say that, but such things arn't even normal in japan.

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DonFerrari TheBraveGallade (on 14 July 2022)

That is also true, unfortunately.

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