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Communication with Employees

Basic Concepts

To invigorate communication between employees, dissemination through various media and development of systems are carried out at KOKUYO. In addition to the company newsletter operated through the intranet, events are also actively undertaken at all offices.

Systems

Employee Satisfaction Survey

To provide ideal working conditions, the KOKUYO Group conducts the Employee Survey which integrates three surveys: employee satisfaction (ES) survey, compliance survey, and stress check.
Based on the results of this survey, KOKUYO encourages the independent resolution of various individual issues such as by interviewing superiors and subordinates, and conducting workshops.

Conducting Second Medium-term Management Plan Town Hall Meeting

Conducting Second Medium-term Management Plan Town Hall Meeting

From March 2019, KOKUYO started conducting town hall meetings to talk about “Doubling the speed of operations through variety” that is a focus area under the second medium-term management plan. “Doubling the speed of operations through variety” is an activity that seeks to improve work and achieve efficiency by having each and every employee think on their own and undertake new challenges with a sense of speed. At town hall meetings, the president and executive vice presidents visit workplaces to exchange opinions directly with employees.

Meetings were held 61 times at offices nationwide in Japan, with a total of 1,350 participants.

At each workplace, opinions were actively exchanged about the schemes necessary for penetrating the approach of “Doubling the speed of operations through variety” and enlivening its activities as well as the current state of issues.

"Shunjukai" Retirement Ceremony for Employees Approaching Mandatory Retirement

Shunjukai Retirement Ceremony for Employees Approaching Mandatory Retirement

This retirement ceremony is to celebrate the retirement of employees of the KOKUYO Group who are approaching mandatory retirement, in appreciation of their many years of hard work. The ceremony is held twice a year, once each in the first and second halves of the fiscal year. In FY2019, 31 and 33 employees were included in the first- and second-half ceremonies, respectively. During the ceremony, the attendees revealed their recollections about life at KOKUYO and the messages they wished to convey to younger generations of employees. Chairman Kuroda presented each retiring employee with a list of commemorative gifts, and at the same time expressed appreciation for their many years of effort and contribution.

2019 KOKUYO Memorial Service for Deceased Employees

2019 KOKUYO Memorial Service for Deceased Employees

On August 20, 2019, the 2019 KOKUYO Memorial Service for Deceased Employees was held at Tentokuin temple on Mt. Koyasan. This memorial service enshrines the spirits of deceased ones from the past year with a show of appreciation to predecessors who contributed to the development of the KOKUYO Group. When the Group marked its 70th anniversary in 1974, a memorial monument for the deceased employees was built on Mt. Koyasan at the suggestion of the late Shonosuke Kuroda, honorary chairman, and the ceremony has been held every year since then. This fiscal year, 28 people were enshrined, bringing the total number of enshrined people since 1974 to 659.

Employees of KOKUYO Furniture (China) Co., Ltd. Visited Shibayama Plant, Shinagawa Showroom, and SST Office

Employees of KOKUYO Furniture (China) Co., Ltd. Visited Shibayama Plant, Shinagawa Showroom, and SST Office

On March 7, 2019, 150 employees of KOKUYO Furniture (China) Co., Ltd.—which has locations in places like Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen—visited Japan. At Shibayama Plant, the first place of visit, the employees received a briefing about the production process and shared the stance regarding craftsmanship. At the same time, their confidence in KOKUYO products were heightened. Next, at Shinagawa Showroom, they saw and touched furniture to experience the attention that KOKUYO incorporates into products. At Shinagawa Season Terrace (SST), they saw an advanced office environment.
In addition, at the New Year’s party held that same day, participants deepened their interactions, and at the same time, showed appreciation for the daily hard work of KOKUYO Furniture (China)’s employees and gave them encouragement, renewing their beliefs as members of the KOKUYO Group.