Creating a Workplace with Higher Job Satisfaction

Advantest has been striving to realize good work-life balance for all employees and to create a work environment in which each and every employee can work with higher job satisfaction.

With the spread of remote work and the progress of globalization and workstyle reforms due to the current COVID-19 situation, the working environment has changed drastically, forcing us to recognize a need for a more diverse form of office use. Under such circumstances, we have been unceasing in our exploration for the very existence of the office that ensures comfort, safety, and productivity, and have prompted improvements to further enhance the work environment by renovating the office.

Office Building Renovated to Support New Workstyles

Advantest has been renovating offices at each of our sites to realize new workstyles. The Marunouchi Office, Advantest Laboratories at Sendai, and Advantest (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. were renovated in FY2021. In FY2022, we have begun office renovation at the Gunma R&D Center.

Gunma R&D Center began a complete renewal of its office floors against the backdrop of aging fixtures and fittings that have been in use since construction was completed (Building 1 in 1996 and Building 2 in 2001) and changes in workstyles, including an increasing trend in remote work and web conferencing.

Up till now, we have introduced ABW (Activity Based Working) type free address system on a trial basis for the renewal of a corner of an office floor and common spaces. In order to promote the systematic renewal of all floors, we formulated renewal concepts and plans by interviewing the Executive Vice President of each division, conducting a employee survey, and holding workshops with employees selected from each division. Based on the renewal concepts and standard plan, we completed renewal work on two office floors in FY2022.

Semi-enclosed booth
Office seats: adjustable using the automatic raise/lower function
Office area
Fully enclosed booths
Semi-enclosed booth 2
Magnet space and copy machine corner
Booth seats
Graphic design 1
Graphic design 2

Concept of GRD floor renewal

  • Expected workstyles

    Employees are engaged in active discussions and are showing creativity. Furthermore, employees are excited and enjoy their work, producing output with a high level of productivity.

  • Offices that support the expected workstyle

    A. Increases opportunities for communication and awareness
    B. Increases synergy through cross-functional interactions
    C. Respects diversity having a high degree of freedom of workstyles
    D. Increases concentration and speed of individual work
    E. Enhances mental and physical health
    + Installment of ICT equipment and operations to support the above

All office seats on the new floor have automatic height-adjustable desks for better mental and physical health and greater work efficiency. The common area has a café/lounge in the center for refreshment and interaction. There are focus spaces where individuals can concentrate, and spaces for meetings and communication with multiple people. In addition, in anticipation of upgrading to a high-speed networking environment,we installed ICT equipment such as large displays and web conferencing systems, and also newly introduced a conference room reservation system. Going forward, we plan to renovate each floor sequentially.

Owing to the large-scale nature of this renewal, we are taking a long-term perspective and proceeding through a trial-and-error process to determine what kind of fixtures and layout will be effective in realizing the overall concept, while also conducting post-renovation verification of its effectiveness. In addition, in anticipation of the progression of global operations, the working environment will change dramatically in the future, and further diversity in working places and styles will be required. As one of the measures to consider what the company's offices should ideally be like, we hold regular meetings with facility managers at our regional units for active discussion. We aim to create a better environment by exchanging information on how to build an office that ensures comfort, safety, and productivity.

Promotion of Digital Workplace Activities #myADV

Advantest has been continuously improving the #myADV digital workplace (#myADV), which started in May 2020, in order to encourage and support global business development and a "hybrid" way of working for employees globally.

#myADV is promoted by the Global IT Collaboration team and supports volunteer #myADV guides (over 150 guides as of the end of February 2023). Specifically, the Global IT Collaboration team conducts regular coaching sessions for #myADV guides, as well as organization-specific use case analysis and training for specific business entities to support company-wide dissemination and use of collaboration tools.

With the introduction of latest tools and technologies to facilitate global collaboration, we have integrated our global intranet into Advantest's #myADV Digital Workplace. We also help establish a global work model on a company-wide, latest communication and collaboration platform.

Even after the COVID-19 pandemic, #myADV activities continue to progress well, adapting to the new hybrid work models. In addition, training for employees across the entire group have been implemented to boost the level of tool usage, along with the development of new tools and functions, aiming to maximize team collaboration using digital technology.

Awarded as a "Best employers in the category of "Information Technology and Communication""
(Germany Great Place to Work®)

Advantest Europe GmbH (AEG) has participated in the surveys of the international human resources consulting agency "Great Place to Work®" every other year since 2017. AEG has been recognized as one of the top 100 companies in 2017, 2019 and 2021 and ranked in the top 10 companies in Information Technology and Communication sector in 2023. Great Place to Work® evaluates companies of all sizes, industries, and regions, and annually releases a top 100 list of "Great Place to Work®" based on solid relationships of trust within the workplace and whether each employee can make the most of their potential. Awards are offered to companies that collaborate with their employees in a fair and sincere manner with a powerful sense of unity.

In addition, workstyle reform is being tackled in each Group company in order to create workplaces where all employees can work while having a sense of worthwhile.

Advantest Korea, 'Family Friendly Corporation' certified

In December 2022, Advantest Korea (ATK) was certified as a Family Friendly Corporation, a credential awarded by the South Korean government to exemplary companies that foster a family-friendly culture and successfully operate work-life balance programs. Certified companies are benefited from certification mark, extra points when participating in government projects, and discounts on public facilities for those employees.

ATK's employees have taken full advantage of the systems and benefits of the work-life balance program. Therefore, ATK is very proud to receive the certification, passing with high scores. In particular, ATK received perfect scores for the utilization of flexible worktime, maternity/childcare leave, reduced working hours for pregnant employees. Besides, employee satisfaction with the family-friendly culture turned out to be very high and ATK was assessed quite remarkable for vacation use, PC-off system, and inviting families to events.