Efforts to Improve Employee Well-Being
Safety and Sanitation Efforts
Based on the following Basic Safety and Sanitation Policy, the NICHIAS Group engages in safety and sanitation efforts as an entire group and strives to create workplaces where everyone can work with peace of mind.
- 〇 The strong leadership from the top and involvement of employees facilitates NICHIAS’ proactive safety and sanitation efforts and aims to embed a “safety first” attitude.
- 〇 NICHIAS creates pleasant work environments to ensure the well-being of everyone.
In fiscal 2021, NICHIAS focused on efforts to prevent accidents where staff get trapped or caught in equipment and so on at its manufacturing sites, identified work where staff members place their hands into equipment while it is on, and worked to resolve unsafe conditions by improving equipment and changing work methods.
Also, in fiscal 2021, NICHIAS undertook efforts under its safety and sanitation slogan of “Carry Out Pointing and Calling Practices Before Operating! Ensure the Safety of the Workplace!”.Regardless of whether it be cooperative work or working independently, before starting work, NICHIAS staff members ensure their safety as well as that of their fellow colleagues by taking a step back and preventing unsafe actions by implementing hazard prediction and pointing and calling practices.
Promoting Work-Life Balance
Promoting the Taking of Paid Holidays
As part of efforts to create workplaces where employees can work with peace of mind, NICHIAS actively promotes the taking of paid holidays.By having employees establish an annual plan for taking paid holidays beforehand, NICHIAS increases awareness around taking holidays and creates workplaces where it is easier for staff to take them.
Introduction of a Remote Work System
NICHIAS introduced a Remote Work System in January 2020 to reduce the burden and time constraints on employees who are pregnant, have young children, or are involved in nursing elderly relatives, as well as to reduce the commuting burden on employees who have returned to work after being injured or sick.
In response to the spreading of the novel coronavirus and in consideration of the health and safety of its customers and NICHIAS Group employees, NICHIAS has adopted basic measures such as hand washing, disinfection, and the proper wearing of masks, as well as using online conferencing systems and working-from-home initiatives, and promoting commuting during non-rush hours to avoid crowded spaces within the workplace and when commuting.NICHIAS also implements various other measures, such as granting employees special holidays when being vaccinated against Covid-19 or when the schools or kindergartens attended by the children of employees are closed.
Promoting the Hiring of Persons With Disabilities
NICHIAS actively recruits people with disabilities at its business establishments all over Japan.While taking on interns from special needs schools, doing follow-ups after new recruits join the company, and communicating with support organizations, NICHIAS undertakes efforts to ensure that people with disabilities can work with peace of mind for many years at the company.NICHIAS employees with disabilities work at various workplaces doing general administration and affairs and light-duty work at the Group’s business establishment nationwide, including not only the head office in Tokyo but also branch offices, regional offices, and plants.As of March 2022, NICHIAS’ employment rate of persons with disabilities is 2.3%.
Development and Training of Staff
Training Staff to Resolve Problems and Accomplish Challenges
The NICHIAS Group has implemented the Group-wide improvements initiative, NKK (NICHIAS Kaizen Katsudo), since 2015 to embed making improvements as a company culture and balance employee satisfaction and improvements to productivity.
This initiative establishes “Attempt”, “Nurture”, and “Gratitude” as its three principles, and encourages the active participation of NICHIAS employees.By continuing to implement this initiative, NKK has become the “culture” of the NICHIAS Group and contributes to achieving NICHIAS’ vision of being “a company that is a good place to work and full of smiles”.
At present, NKK involves approximately 5,900 members from 59 bases in 11 countries in which the NICHIAS Group operates all over the world. NKK is an extremely useful initiative in training personnel who can identify problems on their own and think and resolve problems by themselves.
The results of improvement efforts through NKK are revealed at an international event held once a year.While the international event has been held annually to date, in fiscal 2020, it was suspended due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.In fiscal 2021, although it was not possible to hold the event with each team coming together in person, by adopting a remote-style event where attendees could watch videos of each team’s presentation, it was possible to hold an international event where NICHIAS employees shared their efforts just as they had always done.
The NKK initiative is partly promoted by producing a poster each year of the team that wins the Gold Prize, which celebrates the best team at the international event.