Our company places great value in our people, NHK Spring considers our employees to be important assets, and we make great effort in hiring and training them. In order to be a company where each employee’s diverse sense of values can play an active role, we aim not only for diversity, but also enrichment through workplace health and safety and employee welfare.
Employment and training of human resources
Basic approach to employment
NHK Spring advocates growth through innovative ideas and practices. We extensively search for employees who have the desire to take on challenges and overcome problems through teamwork, while maintaining their individuality.
With regards to diversity of human resources, we have set targets for hiring women and non-Japanese employees and we also promote the hiring of disabled staff through special subsidiary companies. In our mid-career recruitment, we actively employ human resources with excellent abilities in a wide range of fields such as top athletes and support their active participation.
Human resources development
As part of efforts toward sustainable growth, our human resource development seeks to improve the quality of both our human resources as a whole.
For example, we clearly define the desired mindset and actions for each employee to understands the corporate missionand demonstrate this through their conduct. As a result, the image of an ideal employee can be set in detail and skill development training is held based on targets set each year.
The training each person receives includes group training, which is divided by each level of the organization as well as job type and skill level, and foreign language and cultural training. We also proactively support external training such as overseas training opportunities and distance education. We work towards developing our human resources under the philosophy that individuals who want to grow will develop through the power of the organization and the support provided by the human resources system.
We conduct many kinds of training to improve the abilities of our workforce
In recruitment, we conduct our own recruiting sessions, and we make every effort to send recruitment staff from our Human Resources Department to attend sessions organized by schools. Our recruiting sessions provide opportunities to talk freely to newer employees of NHK Spring acting as recruiters. This gives the students the chance to hear what it is actually like to work for us. The students hear about our corporate culture and environment and what life in the company will be like once they start working. We provide information on the recruitment website, and we have links to our recruitment page on our main website. Finally, we also put up advertising posters aimed at new graduates in railway stations.
Company briefing given by our recruiters
Recruitment page on our website
PR on school lunch trays
Employing the people with disabilities
The Group aims for the people with disabilities and those without to work together ‘achieve potentials,’ ‘becoming an independent member of society,’ and ‘coexisting with society.’
We established Nippatsu Harmony Co., Ltd. as a Special Subsidiary Company in April 2002 to employ people with disabilities, as a corporate social responsibility and contribution to local communities. Since March 2009, NHK Sales and NHK Transport, both group companies, have been working as special group subsidiaries toward improving the employment ratio of those with disabilities.
As of the end of March 2018, these companies have established six offices—three in Kanagawa Prefecture, two in Nagano Prefecture, and one in Shiga Prefecture—where 67 people with disabilities are happily working. In fiscal 2017, 43 people from local special education schools and corporations participated in training. A total of 472 people from various corporations, schools, and related government officials visited and toured our facilities.
Cardboard assembly by employees at Nippatsu Harmony
Occupational health and safety and improving health
Workplace health and safety
We introduced a Workplace Health and Safety Management System in fiscal 2000, and it was rolled out Group-wide in fiscal 2003. We have taken the following measures to eliminate workplace accidents to achieve zero hazards:
- Appropriate Actions of Top Management
Promote powerful health and safety activities through top management in each workplace.
- Risk assessment:
Method to find, mitigate, and eliminate potential dangers and hazards in workplaces.
- Risk prediction:
Activity to prevent labor accidents before they happen by increasing sensitivity toward risks.
- Health and safety training:
Training to obtain knowledge of dangers and hazards to prevent labor accidents before they happen.
The rate of days lost through injury has been lower than the average for all industry and manufacturing industry in recent years.
Going forward, we intend to apply the PDCA cycle to the occupational safety and health management system for continual further improvement.
Initiatives to improve health
We believe preserving and bettering the health of employees at NHK Spring helps to enhance sustainable corporate value and so we are promoting health measures by clarifying the roles of the company, employees and health management staff. To enhance health even further, we set up the Central Health Promotion Committee in fiscal 2017 under the authority of the Central Health Promotion Council, which is the highest authority in promoting health with the Executive Vice President at the helm. This committee formulates polices for health measures throughout the entire organization, confirms the progress, and investigates action items. In conjunction with this effort, we also appointed members for the health promotion committee and a person in charge of health promotion at each business site to advance various health measures.
As a target for promoting health for fiscal 2018, in 2016 we set an appropriate weight of 20% or less above BMI25 and a rate of employees requiring blood pressure consultations at all of our business establishments to 15% or less. We are also providing more opportunities for exercise by handing out activity scales to employees, visualizing the level of health by setting up body composition analyzers and blood pressure meters, as well as nutritional efforts that use the cafeteria at each business site, among other activities. After successfully achieving the blood pressure targets for fiscal 2017, we have increased our health promotion activities and revised the fiscal 2018 target to the number of employees requiring blood pressure consultations at all of our business establishments to 13% or less.
Visualizing the level of health by setting body composition analyzers and blood pressure meters
We are conducting new initiatives in mental health efforts, including support for high-stress workplaces using stress checks and ongoing individual support for people under a high level of stress. In addition we revised our new management and supervisor training and e-learning for management and supervisors which began in fiscal 2017. In March 2018, NHK Spring Group companies also promoted health management. Our Group companies and the health insurance society joined forces and entered into the NHK Spring Group Health Commitment jointly signed by the presidents of each Group company to move forward based on the belief that promoting better physical and mental health of employees is an important part of work-style innovation.
Supporting both work and child/family care
NHK Spring has introduced various programs which go beyond the standard of public programs to support both work as well as child and family care as employees approach different stages of life, such as raising children or taking care of family, so that they may continue to work with peace-of-mind while reaching their full potential at the company.
In fiscal 2012, we entered agreements with non-profit organizations with which our employees can inquire about family care whether in Japan or overseas for the purpose of alleviating concerns and lightening the burden when employees need to care for a family member.
In the two years between fiscal 2016 and 2017, we have held a total of 17 family care seminars through the entire organization with a total of roughly 440 people participating.
In addition to the child and family care programs as well as our existing temporary leave benefits, we also introduced a Group Long Term Disability (GLTD) program in fiscal 2018 to support lower incomes due to treatments for long-term injuries or sicknesses.
Seminar held at the Yokohama office in February 2018
Introducing a GLTD Program
NHK Spring adopted a GLTD program in fiscal 2018. This program subsidizes the primary living expenses when an employee cannot work in the long term due to sickness or injury. This promotes an environment where employees can work with confidence from an employee welfare perspective.
We are holding briefings about the program at each of our business establishments. Deepening employee understanding about the program
Step-counting events as a health visualization program
Our employees regularly hold an independent step-counting event for fun as part of the Health Visualization Program.
In this event, participants walk a virtual course and count the number of steps using an activity meter. This year the stepcounting event took on an Okinawa theme where roughly 900 people—equivalent to 20% of all NHK Spring employees—walked while sightseeing between April and June 2018.
The event also included a competition between each plant and presents for the winners, which brought even more excitement. An event was also held to award points for walking and measuring body composition. Promoting health effectively limits medical costs and helps to invigorate communication between employees by sharing how many steps they took the previous day and where they are currently ranked.
Employees talking excitedly about the rankings
Holding health seminars for women
The Women’s Health Seminar was held to help women stay healthy and enthusiastic in the workplace. This seminar aimed to deepen understanding about sicknesses and characteristics unique to women. The participants learned about independent health management through a lecture in addition to touching a palpation examination model for breast cancer and measuring the healthiness of the skeletal system.
Measuring the healthiness of the skeletal system
Holding the NHK Spring Sports Festival 2017
We held the NHK Spring Sports Festival 2017 for employees and their families at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in October 2017. The festival this year expanded the scale to bring together roughly 800 employees and their families from the Yokohama, Atsugi and Isehara plants at the competition held in Kanagawa Prefecture. Participants were able to communicate with one another away from work with excitement that included ball-toss games, tug-of-wars, and relay races.
Sports festival held for the purpose of invigorating internal communication