EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND SAFETY Employee health
【Well-being: Building a healthy workplace】
The foundations of wellbeing are employee health and engagement.
【KOKUYO Health and Productivity Declaration】
We have issued the following declaration to signal our commitment to building a healthy workplace as part of our sustainability strategy.
KOKUYO Health and Productivity Declaration
Sustainable Business Strategy is stated as follows: To build a self-directed, collaborative society, we will present a tomorrow you can’t wait for and lead the way in sustainable business practices. A key part of this strategy is promoting wellbeing both within and outside our organization.
Three main strategies for improving wellbeing:
- Pitch ideas for new workstyles
- Promote diversity, inclusion, and innovation
- Promote employee health and engagement
Well-being (a state of being healthy and happy) is critical to building a healthy workplace. We therefore support employees’ physical and mental health and encourage employee engagement. In this task, we cooperate with our employees, our health insurance association, and our workforce’s labor union, gleaning insights and best practices for promoting well-being in society at large.
Six core actions for building a healthy workplace
Organizational framework for building a healthy workplace
In fiscal 2022, we established the Health Management Taskforce within the Subcommittee for Building an Organizational Framework for Sustainability and Promoting Wellbeing in order to expedite efforts to build a healthy workplace. Employee health and engagement is managed by the KOKUYO Group Central Safety Health Committee, Risk Management Committee, KOKUYO’s health management staff, group company members involved in building a healthy workplace, health insurance associations, labor unions, and the Health Management Taskforce.
Strategic roadmap for KOKUYO health and productivity management
As part of our strategy for promoting employee health, we set out goals, tasks, expected outcomes, and investments.
The roadmap shows, from the left, investments, expected outcomes, tasks, and the ultimate goal.
Initiatives in 2022
Recognition as a 2023 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (White 500) and a 2023 Certified Heath & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (Large Enterprise Category)
On March 8, 2023, KOKUYO and Kaunet became two of the 500 whitelisted companies in an award program run by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Nippon Kenko Kaigi, earning the official designation “2023 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (White 500).” On the same date, KOKUYO Marketing earned a separate accolade under the same program (“Health and productivity Management Outstanding Organization” 2023, large enterprise category). The program (officially translated as “2023 Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition Program”) gives recognition to companies that make exemplary efforts toward a healthy and productive workplace. We will continue to promote well-being in line with the KOKUYO Health and Productivity Declaration, which we established in October 2019 and updated in 2022.
Employee Health Goals: 2022 Results
In 2013, we set concrete goals for promoting health behaviors that help prevent lifestyle diseases. Since then, our internal health insurance associations have worked with the health management office on actions to meet these goals. The health-promotion activities include tracking employees’ daily steps and weight, organizing fun walking campaigns, and running diet seminars in partnership with public health centers. We also encourage our employees to undergo regular screening for colorectal cancer and breast cancer. To that end, we have installed a mammography unit on the premises. Additionally, we worked to increase the range of health-check options, giving employees more opportunities to go and get a health check. For example, comprehensive medical checkups (called “ningen dock”) are available for employees who want them. We have had to suspend some services because of the pandemic, but we still worked to promote health consciousness by running an online survey on health behaviors and an e-learning course.
Showcasing our expertise in health and productivity management through THE CAMPUS, a space for experimenting with new workstyles and lifestyles
In February 2021, we opened THE CAMPUS in Shinagawa, Tokyo. THE CAMPUS is a space for experimenting with new workstyles and lifestyles.
THE CAMPUS is a space in which people from different professional backgrounds gather to explore and test new ideas to identify the values of the future. It is tied in with KOKUYO’S Next Experience, a project to engage in tasks for solving long-term social issues. In the past, we have used THE CAMPUS to broadcast our solutions for health and productivity management.
We continue to use THE CAMPUS to showcase our solutions for social issues. One such issue is a rise in mental health problems following a shift to remote work. For this issue, we present techniques for enhancing communication, fostering inter-project or inter-departmental collaboration, and encouraging concentration and immersion. These solutions include interior goods and stationery that can be modified to suit the user’s purpose.
For concerns about infection risk, we exhibit empirical techniques that help prevent droplet-based, contact-based, or aerosol-based infections, along with IoT-based analytics to show who is infected or who has come into contact with an infected person.
We will continue using THE CAMPUS to showcase solutions for supporting employees’ physical and mental health.
The initiatives showcased at The Campus have earned a number of our facilities in Japan the WELL Health-Safety Rated seal.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management provides third-party verification that the certified building is clean and safe. The rating was launched by the International WELL Building Institute in June 2020 in response to the spread of Covid. The criteria for the rating include anti-Covid measures, emergency preparedness programs, cleaning and sanitization procedures, and air and water quality management.
- Employee welfare
Health is the key principle in Play Work Mileage, our choice-based program of employee welfare. Play Work Mileage supports employee health in the following ways.
- It encourages employees to invest in their own health
Employees can redeem points against expenses they incur in promoting their health, including expenses for optional medical checkups (ningen docks), medical bills, and other costs. In fiscal 2022, our employees redeemed a collective total of 170 million yen in points.
- It encourages employees to promote their own health
Employees earn points according to distance walked or other everyday fitness efforts. Our Walking Challenge program encourages employees to walk more by tracking employees’ walking performance on a leaderboard. In fiscal 2023, we provided a walking app to make the program easier to use.
- It encourages employees to invest in their own health
- A program for encouraging health screening
Before and after receiving a regular health screening, employees attend a seminar run by an occupational therapist. These seminars encourage employees to make improvements based on the results of their screening. They are held online so that employees’ family members can attend.
- Smokefree workplace
Data from Japan Tobacco’s annual Japan Smoking Rate Survey indicates a high rate of smoking among male employees in our corporate group. On April 11, 2020, Japan banned indoor smoking with some exceptions. In conjunction with the ban, we banned smoking on all company premises in Japan. We continue our efforts to raise employees’ awareness of the risks of smoking.
Health Insurance Association: Increased Subsidy for Cancer Screening
Across the group, rates of screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer are low at 20%. Accordingly, in April 2020, the KOKUYO Health Insurance Association raised the subsidy for breast cancer screening from 5,000 to a maximum of 10,000 yen.
We have made it possible to undertake free cervical cancer risk screenings from 2021. That program also extends to colorectal cancer screenings for those who are 30 years old and over.
We will continue our efforts to help prevent or detect cancer and promote cancer awareness.
Mental Health Action
We conduct an annual stress check as required by law.
To promote a culture of self-care, in which employees feel comfortable asking for help after the stress check, we have introduced the Employee Assistance Program. This externally run program encourages employees to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of stress and to seek preventive health services at an early stage.
In addition to the employee survey, we have been conducting the pulse survey monthly since 2021. The purpose of this is to promote fixed-point observation of issues in ways of working and workplaces and to encourage dialogue in teams to build even better organizations.
We identify issues that we will tackle with priority and measures to deal with those issues by business and human resource departments engaging in dialogue while comprehensively looking at these survey results and personnel and organizational data.