JVCKENWOOD is striving to develop a corporate environment that will promote opportunities for generating innovation. We are enhancing the motivation of each and every employee and bringing vitality to the workplace by offering various initiatives that make it easier for our people to offer their ideas for innovation, and by developing a framework that actively supports and awards employees who come up with innovations.
Building an environment that generates innovations—Innovation Act
The Innovation Act is a comprehensive name given to our domestic activities that build a corporate climate that makes it possible to discover ideas buried within the company and organically generate innovations, and to transform the company into an organization able to induce innovation. Specifically, the Innovation Act is centered on the following three programs: (1) Technology idea contest, (2) Business idea audition, and (3) Idea Proposal/Discussion Box.
In fiscal 2018, we aim to study the commercialization of new ideas that were raised through the above three activities. As such, we are actively promoting the use of these programs throughout the company.
(1) Technology idea contest
The contest for technological ideas is held to broadly raise new ideas for technologies and products from engineers and other employees who possess technical skills. For outstanding ideas, we give support to develop prototypes.
(2) Business idea audition
In fiscal 2017, we hosted auditions within the company for new business ideas. Excellent business proposals underwent examination for business application and received support toward commercialization (two ideas that passed screening for commercialization are in progress to be advanced as a new business that does not exist in our current business fields). In fiscal 2018, we are planning to implement a business creation program that includes partnerships with a startup called the Co-creation Challenge program.
(3) Idea Proposal/Discussion Box
Idea Proposal and Discussion Box for submitting ideas and conducting discussions is a special internal website where employees can casually post their ideas. It is being used as a communication tool that reaches beyond the boundaries of the different departments. For example, it serves a place for having open discussions on a theme, as well as a place to introduce past examples and how those cases were solved. Approximately 50 posts have been submitted since 2017.
Broadcasting music in office
As part of our efforts to create a pleasant workplace environment where our employees are able to proceed with their duties with motivation, we are broadcasting music* under different daily themes before and after work hours. Since April 2017, we have received 123 song requests from our employees, coupled with information on why they chose that music and the thoughts behind their song selection. Thus, this practice of playing music has been established at our company and now serves an important role in improving work efficiency and reducing total work hours. We also implement music programs to mark the season and upcoming events, such as the Victor Rock Festival and the 40th anniversary of the debut of the Southern All Stars, thus also serving as a means for related business departments to promote their activities.
* Music is provided by JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment Corporation.
|Day of the week||Concept of music|
|Monday||Energizing music suitable for the start of a new week|
|Tuesday||Stimulating new music|
|Wednesday||Good old fun music that motivates people to go home at the end of regular work hours|
|Thursday||Various genres of music to inspire people to get out of a rut|
|Friday||Uplifting music toward the weekend|
|Close of business||Refreshing music that prompts people to go home at the end of work hours|
MXP (Most XXX Person) Award
We give awards to a broad range of employees who do something good for the workplace or the company, for the purpose of creating a corporate culture that notices virtuous deeds and deepening communication among employees within the company (the XXX part of the award name changes depending on the reason for receiving the award).
Employees who contribute to improving the workplace and the company are eligible to receive the award, even if what they are being awarded for does not relate directly to their assigned duties. The following are some examples of eligibility for the awards:
- A person who demonstrates an excellent attitude in terms of hospitality toward customers
- A person who brightens the atmosphere of the workplace
- A person who takes the lead to beautify and organize the workplace
- A person who is active in social contribution activities and volunteer work in the local community
This MXP Award was started in October 2016. As of April 2018, 36 global employees and 37 employees in Japan have been awarded thus far. This project of rewarding employees who demonstrate exemplary attitudes as a member of the JVCKENWOOD Group in various initiatives in and outside of the company is helping to raise the motivation of all of our employees.
Hosting the JVCKENWOOD Award
The JVCKENWOOD Group rewards prominent initiatives and business performance demonstrated within our Group under the JVCKENWOOD Award. The following seven criteria are considered in selecting the recipients of the award.
(1) Level of contribution to the Group’s business performance
(2) Size of impact
(3) Level of difficulty in succeeding with the challenge
(4) Collaboration / initiative
(5) Uniqueness / Originality
(6) Best practice
(7) Level of achieving the 2020 Vision
Every year, 20 are selected for the JVCKENWOOD Award, and three are selected from among them for the special award. In fiscal 2017, overall OEM business and sales activities in the aftermarket business were selected from the Automotive Sector, and initiatives related to projectors were selected from the Media Service Sector. This is a great opportunity for making distinguished initiatives and business performances widely known throughout the company, and also serves to improve the motivation of the award recipients. Therefore, this award project will be continued into the future.
Scene from the JVCKENWOOD Award ceremony
Display of in-house posters
We display posters developed under diverse themes, such as messages to employees and personal introductions of co-workers in the JVCKENWOOD Group, which are posted at the head office and the different business centers and sites. This helps generate a sense of solidarity among all of our employees throughout the Group. In recent years, we developed and put up posters on the theme of diversity and introduced workplaces where people of different nationalities work together, and also showed activities being performed by veteran employees.