Global perspective and respect for diversity
Multifaceted Human Resources Development
As our business becomes increasingly global in scale, we believe we need to step up our efforts in areas such as human resources development, for which we are expanding our human resources development programs each year to address employees in a variety of positions.
Specifically, our programs include stratified training, training to refine specific functional skills, and training systems that develop human resources who are able to work at the global level through fourth-year-employee overseas experience and working as an overseas trainee, as well as coaching to enhance performance as an organization with cohesive teamwork.
This coaching was implemented in 2016 as an effective tool to make managers fully function as the middle management in the organization, and is being completely rolled out from 2017 in more workplaces.
|Global/Selection (Except “Study Abroad” and “Overseas Trainee”)||259|
|Stratified Trainings (Except “New Employees Trainings”)||859|
|Self Value Design (Except “Self Value Challenge” and “Career Survey”)||1,465|
In response to the question, “Are you motivated in the performance of your job?”, with a score of (5) for “Highly motivated,” (4) for “Somewhat motivated,” (3) for “Neither motivated nor not motivated,” (2) for “Not very motivated,” and (1) for “Not at all motivated.”
Workplaces Thriving on Diversity
Based on our fundamental belief that “all corporate activity originates first of all with and for people,” we have clearly defined our stance on human rights in its Basic Policies of CSR and Code of Ethics. Moreover, to maintain continuous growth, we believe it is important that our workforce incorporates diverse viewpoints and values, reflecting different experiences, skills, and attributes.
Utilizing Global Human Resources
Since 2012, the Yamaha Motor Group has held meetings of the Global Executive Committee (GEC) as a venue for Japanese and local executives to discuss Group issues. In this committee, top management from the Group’s core companies deliberate and consider topics related to global management that will later be deliberated at the Management Committee. Our brand slogan “Revs your Heart” was adopted following consideration of the GEC.
For management positions, we promote to recruit superior personnel regardless of their nationality or place of birth, and are working toward the goal of having local managers fill 60% of management positions at overseas subsidiaries by 2018. We are also pursuing global integration of the Group’s core positions, and since 2016 have been recruiting employees from overseas bases for headquarters positions at the general manager level and above.
Promoting Women’s Active Participation
To promote active participation by women, we have set and are pursuing targets of doubling the number of women hired for managerial positions in 2014 by 2020, and to hire three times the 2014 number by 2025. A woman became president of an overseas Group company for the first time in 2018.
Promoting Employment and Raising Motivation for People with Disabilities
Supporting Work-Life Balance
We support career planning that is based on the assumption of mutual confirmation by both the employee and the Company, and aim to create workplaces that promote a healthy work-life balance.
We are enhancing our systems so that employees can work in ways that suit their individual circumstances, by providing childcare leave, nursing care leave, and family illness leave, as well as systems such as flexible work time, short working hours, and the rehiring of employees who resigned to accompany their spouse on overseas postings. We are also working to support employees raising children through “Wai-Wai Land,” an in-house childcare facility providing broad-based support for both “work and family.” In 2016, we expanded the size of this facility and increased the number of children who can be accepted. In addition, certain consolidated subsidiaries have introduced programs allowing employees to work from home.
Our policy is to reduce excessive work hours with the aim of reducing overtime, and in consideration of maintaining mental and physical health. We have also established Rules Regarding Overtime Work, which are stricter than the legal requirements, based on labor-management consultations. In addition, the Labor-Management Committee on Working Hours, comprising participants from both the labor union and the Company, meets every month to confirm the present state of working hours.
|Child care leave||Employees may take leave until the child’s second birthday.|
|Family care leave||Employees may take leave for up to one year on request.|
|Family illness leave||Employees taking care of children up to the third grade can take up to 5 days per year in the case of 1 child, and up to 10 days if they have two or more preschool-aged children.|
|Flexible work time system||Working hours* can be set at any time between 6:30 a.m. and 9:45 p.m.
*Core working hours are from 10:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
|Workload reduction||Limits are placed on overtime, and night work is excused for employees with a child up to the third grade and employees caring for a sick or aged family member.|
|Short-time work system||Employees may reduce their working hours by two hours each day.|
|Others|| Designated “no overtime” days (every Wednesday; any day preceding a company holiday; paydays; and bonus payment days).
Employees can take three consecutive days of paid leave every year (from age 30, employees can take a consecutive five-day paid leave every five years).
Occupational Health and Safety
Under the leadership of the Central Safety and Health Committee, with authority delegated by the President and Chief Executive Officer, Yamaha Motor is promoting the establishment of safe and healthy working environments around the world. We are also engaged in various activities with the aim of zero occupational injuries.
For example, we strive to prevent occupational injuries by performing risk assessments in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS), to detect potential dangers and harmful conditions in the workplace. We implement detailed risk assessments when new equipment is installed and when new projects are launched.
|Lighting||Semiannually measure lighting in workplaces with illuminometers to ensure that illuminance does not fall below the intensity stipulated in the Ordinance on Health Standards in the Office of the Industrial Safety and Health Act.|
|Noise||Semiannually measure that noise at manufacturing sites does not exceed 85 decibels.|
|Air quality||Circulate using central air conditioning systems, and at designated workplaces air quality is measured semiannually by a working environment measurement expert accredited by the national government.|
|Temperature and humidity||Measure simultaneously as a wet-bulb globe temperature (WBGT) reading, to ensure that workplaces provide a physically comfortable environment.|
In addition to the above, health managers patrol weekly the workplaces for which they are responsible and safety managers patrol manufacturing and testing sites daily, to ensure that workplace environments are safe and comfortable.
|Training||No. of participants|
|Training for newly appointed floor managers
(2-day legal and regulatory training)
|Training for persons appointed as safety managers
(1-day legal and regulatory training)
|Training to enhance supervisory skills of supervisors
(1-day legal and regulatory training)
|Training to enhance skills of operations chiefs of press machines
(1-day legal and regulatory training)
|Hazard prediction training||16|
|Training course for crane operators||141|
Overseas, in 2008 we developed an Occupational Safety and Health Management System (OSHMS) for Yamaha’s main manufacturing centers, in an effort to prevent accidents. For centers obtaining group certification, we have introduced a system under which headquarters conducts regular follow-ups with the aim of improving the level of management, performs inspections to determine whether the centers are meeting OSHMS levels, and grants group certification to those that have achieved the required level, with follow-ups conducted on a regular basis.
Yamaha Motor engages in a wide range of initiatives to help employees maintain and improve their health.
In addition to health checks in accordance with laws and regulations, we offer ongoing health guidance to employees who are at risk for lifestyle-related diseases, and incentives to encourage employees to quit smoking, among other programs. For employees’ family members, we provide subsidies through our health insurance association for those receiving regular health checks, cancer screening, complete physical examinations, and other services.
We monitor situations with regard to occupational illnesses through workplace patrols, special health examinations, and other measures. We also provide occupational health education. There were no incidents of occupational illness in 2017 (Occupational Illness Frequency Rate: 0%).
For employees scheduled to be stationed overseas, we hold training prior to posting on infectious diseases such as viral hepatitis and general health management, and provide education on preventing infection and prophylactic medications for employees who are travelling, including on business trips, to areas where there is a risk of contracting endemic diseases such as malaria. In addition, the occupational health physician in charge conducts regular tours of the overseas posting areas, and monitors the health levels and living environments of employees stationed abroad. Furthermore, to handle unexpected circumstances such as sudden illness, we have contracts with private medical service operators who provide both consultations and emergency transportation services.
Moreover, in order to promote health through recreation, we organize events such as the “Walk, Walk Campaign,” led by the Health Promotion Center. With regard to facilities, there is a gymnasium located near our headquarters that can be used free of charge by Yamaha Motor Group employees and their families, as well as former employees, and some workplaces and employee dormitories have training gyms equipped with fitness equipment on the premises.
As for nutrition, we support employee health through meals by offering menus at the company cafeteria prepared under the supervision of a dietician based on particular health-related aspects of each workplace.
Support for Mental Health
Stress checks are performed each year together with health checkups, and analysis results are provided to individuals as feedback in the form of a radar chart. We have also put in place a system for follow-ups with an occupational health physician as necessary. We have resident counselors who work with those who have mental health issues and help them develop mental toughness through counseling and coaching. Furthermore, we have introduced an in-house mental health physician system and are clarifying various aspects of diagnoses and policies.
Expanding the System Overseas
Relationship with Labor Union
Yamaha Motor has concluded a labor agreement with its labor union “to establish working conditions and management systems that are based on mutually fair understanding and good faith.”
Under this agreement, the Company provides the labor union with appropriate explanations of various measures to be implemented and publishes reports on labor management in an effort to ensure employees’ understanding of these issues. Moreover, the Company holds labor-management conferences and committee meetings regularly, as well as additional labor-management conferences taking up themes based on management initiatives or to address issues raised by the labor union. Officers of the labor union also participate in the management and operation of the corporate pension fund, the health insurance cooperative, and the mutual aid association.
An agreement dedicated to maintaining minimum wages is also concluded between the labor union and management each year.