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The Journey to Inclusion: Building Workplaces That Work for Women in Japan

Japanese version. 日本語版

The Journey to Inclusion: Building Workplaces That Work for Women in Japan explores workplace culture in Japan and, specifically, the impact of inclusion on women. We sought to answer some big questions: does feeling included matter to individual or team performance? (Hint: It does!) Are there gender differences in what helps employees feel included? (Yes!) And, what can Japanese leaders do to promote feelings of inclusion for women and men? (Forgive, empower, be humble.)

To find answers to these questions, we surveyed 468 team members from finance, technology, pharmaceutical, and consumer products companies. Participants were aged 21 and older, and employed full-time in organizations with more than 50 employees.

This study builds on our previous work, Inclusive Leadership: The View From Six Countries, conducted across Australia, China (Shanghai), India, Mexico, Germany, and the United States.

Catalyst thanks the following companies for participating in the survey that this report is  based on. 
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Deutsche Bank Group
Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.
Johnson and Johnson K.K.
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd.

Research Partners: Bank of America; Bloomberg; BMO Financial Group; The Boston Consulting Group; Cargill, Inc.; Chevron Corporation; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Dell Inc.; Deutsche Bank AG; EY; Hewlett-Packard Enterprise; IBM Corporation; KeyBank; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; McDonald’s Corporation; PAREXEL; Sodexo; UPS; Verizon.

How to cite this product: Elizabeth R. Salib and Yi Shi, The Journey to Inclusion: Building Workplaces That Work for Women in Japan (Catalyst, 2017).