Global perspective and respect for diversity
The Yamaha Motor Group strives to create workplaces that respect diversity, with the aim of achieving an organizational structure that is based on the sharing of ideas and equally high ambitions and spirit, cooperation, and joy in our work among the Company and its employees from a global perspective.
- Human resource system linked to achievements and performance
- Multifaceted Human Resources Development
- Employee Motivation
- Workplaces Thriving on Diversity
- Supporting Work-Life Balance
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Employee Health
- Support for Mental Health
- Relationship with Labor Union
- Addressing Overseas Labor Risks
Under the belief that a company can build a win-win relationship with its employees only when it becomes a group of independent individuals, we support the development and active participation of our employees and adopt a human resource system linked to achievements and performance, regardless of gender, age, nationality, and other such factors.
Specifically, each individual sets work targets at the beginning of the fiscal year in light of the Companywide policy and division policy, then finalizes the targets following a review with his or her supervisor. These targets are used as a base for managing progress and directly reflected in the base salary and bonus in year-end evaluations.
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 full-scale in 2017 as a tool to make managers fully functional as the middle management in the organization, and is producing solid results.
Training hours per employee to enhance employees' capabilities (total training hours / No. of Yamaha Motor employees) in 2019 were 11.3 hours (excluding compliance training, training related to health and safety laws and regulations, and training for new hires).
|Global/Selection (Except “Study Abroad” and “Overseas Trainees”)||214|
|Stratified Trainings (Except “New Employees Trainings”)||430|
|Self Value Design (Except “Self Value Challenge” and “Career Survey”)||1,558|
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.”
Percentage of employees replying, “Highly motivated” or “Somewhat motivated” in response to the question, “Are you motivated in the performance of your job?”
2016: 69.5%, 2017: 72.0%, 2018: 69.9%, 2019: 70.0%
According to the third party of employee survey, the pass grade is employees’ average score of 3.5 and the employee rate chosen “highly motivated” or “somewhat motivated” is around 55%. Therefore, our target sets as keeping 3.5 as average and 55% of highly or somewhat motivated employee.
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.
|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 one or two hours each day.|
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).
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.
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.
We are focused on developing human resources that can support workplace safety and a healthy occupational environment through job-specific stratified education and training to improve the skills of safety managers, supervisors, and operations chiefs, and by holding occupational safety and health meetings. The following training programs on workplace safety were held during 2019.
Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate*1
*1 Lost time injury frequency rate: Number of lost time injuries occurring in a workplace per million work hours
*2 Calculated from data for a total of 22 companies, comprising Yamaha Motor and its consolidated subsidiaries and affiliated companies with manufacturing functions.
During 2019, there were a total of 19 accidents at Yamaha Motor, including nine accidents that resulted in lost work time . Workplace accidents tend to occur when riding motorcycles on a test course, and we disseminate information about accidents Companywide in an effort to prevent recurrence.
There were no incidents of occupational illness in 2019 (Occupational Illness Frequency Rate: 0%).
As a “Kando Creating Company,” Yamaha Motor aims to provide customers with new excitement and more fulfilling lives. This requires that each and every one of our employees be “healthy.” We believe this enables them to make full use of their abilities and passion, leading to customers’ trust in the products and services we provide.
We consider employee health to be a key management issue for the Company’s development, and are working together with all employees to maintain and promote the health of our employees.
- We will work to reduce health risks in workplaces and create comfortable workplace environments, so that employees can perform their jobs with vigor and in good health.
- Working with our health insurance association, we will proactively support self-care initiatives to promote employee health.
- Employees will take an interest in, and responsibility for, their own health.
We have established a Central Safety and Health Committee (chaired by executive officer and chief general manager of Human Resources & General Affairs Center and comprising occupational health physicians, representative supervisors of manufacturing, technology, and administrative divisions, and the labor union, among others) and formulate medium-term and annual plans to promote health measures. We discuss implementation of specific measures at the Health Promotion Team Meeting (comprising the Human Resources Division, occupational health physicians, the Health Promotion Center, and occupational health nurses, among others), and we use achievement indicators to review the implementation status as we move forward. We also hold monthly health policy joint promotion meetings with the health insurance society to discuss collaboration on measures.
Health Checkups and Follow-up Measures
We conduct statutory health checkups with the goal of achieving a 100% participation rate. We also emphasize following up on the results of health checkups, and have occupational health physicians provide thorough health guidance to prevent aggravation and assess whether an individual is fit for employment according to internal regulations on follow-up measures.
Measures against Overwork
The human resources management division and health promotion division work together to promote proper working hour management, and ensure thorough implementation of health maintenance measures at the workplace. Employees who work excessively long hours are given guidance in consultations with an occupational health physician that follow more stringent standards than what is required by law.
Measures against Lifestyle-related Diseases
Employees who were found to be at risk for a lifestyle-related disease in a health checkup receive ongoing health guidance (specified health guidance) by nursing staff and registered dietitians. As for anti-smoking measures, we created an internal rule that prohibits smoking during working hours, and we provide guidance and various support tools to help employees quit smoking.
As part of our Companywide "Well-Be " health activities, we conduct various health programs including walking events and a "health mileage" program in which employees can earn points by improving lifestyle habits, such as exercising and eating well. We also support employees' health from a nutritional aspect as well by, for example, providing a cafeteria menu tailored to each workplace based on an analysis of the health checkup results.
Health Support for Women
To address health issues unique to female employees, we have a special consultation desk and seminar programs. We also coordinate with the health insurance society regarding gynecological exams to make it easier for female employees to take the exams, while also ensuring they receive the follow-up support they need.
Health Support for Employees Stationed Overseas
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.
For employees who return to work after a leave of absence, the “Rework Program” helps prevent a relapse. The relevant manager, Human Resources Division, and occupational health physician cooperate to support the individual for about a year after his or her return to the job.
To ensure that mental health issues are promptly identified and addressed, we conduct training for newly appointed managers, supervisors and general managers on such matters as knowledge about mental health and how to handle it at the workplace.
Expanding the System Overseas
Since 2005, we had been providing a telephone consultation service available 24 hours a day for employees stationed overseas, and have revised the system to take a more proactive approach. The stress checks carried out in Japan have been conducted in the United States since 2016, and in India since 2017. We expanded the checks to all employees stationed overseas in 2018.
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.
Yamaha Motor adopts a union shop system in which non-managerial employees are members of the labor union, where the participation ratio is 82% of all employees, and 58% globally. Domestic Group companies have also established labor unions or labor committees and engage in labor-management dialog through those bodies. Labor unions of Group companies including the Yamaha Motor Labor Union are members of the Federation of All Yamaha Workers Unions, and are pursuing mutual cooperation through the federation. Overseas Group companies have established structures for engaging in appropriate labor-management dialog based on the labor practices of the respective country or region, and wages are paid in compliance with local regulations.
Many of our production sites are located in ASEAN member states, India, and China, where the risk of labor disputes is high. Accordingly, situations in these countries must be watched closely as we carry on our business activities. For this reason, we incorporate "shutdown due to labor disputes (strike, etc.)" into a risk management ledger employed across the Group, so that we can use it to monitor self-inspections and development of countermeasures.
Manufacturing companies regularly collect information about the legislation in each country and regional labor issues, work to strengthen labor-management relations, and ensure people know where to report and discuss labor issues. At the headquarters, we are working on sharing the know-how within the Group and maintaining and strengthening the communication system for emergencies, leveraging the knowledge accumulated over the years on labor dispute cases.
In 2019, a nationwide general strike in India slightly impacted operations, but it did not cause any major problem.