Health and Productivity Management & Occupational Safety and Health

Health and Productivity Management Initiatives

Purpose of health and productivity management

In order to realize the corporate vision of “creating excitement and peace of mind for the people of the world,” JVCKENWOOD promotes “innovation” and “growth.” Recognizing our employees as the source for achieving our vision, and their mental and physical health as significant management issue, we published the JVCKENWOOD Health Policy Statement. JVCKENWOOD will aim to create a “workplace environment that enables all employees to stay healthy and motivated to work” in a sustainable manner. 


JVCKENWOOD Health Policy Statement

JVCKENWOOD strives to create a workplace environment that enables all employees to stay healthy and motivated to work in order to realize its corporate vision of “creating excitement and peace of mind for the people of the world.”


Our vision and issues to be solved through health management

As stated in JVCKENWOOD Health Policy Statement, we are working to create a "workplace environment where all employees can work with health and vitality" and recognizes that "improving employee performance" is a management issue that must be resolved. Through health management, we aim to reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, improve work engagement, and enhance and improve work-life balance. We have compiled our health management goals and initiatives into a health management MAP, which all employees will work together to promote.



Health and productivity management promotion system

JVCKENWOOD has also established the Health Management Initiatives Promotion Committee under the officer in charge of HR & General Administration to accelerate its health and productivity management initiatives. The management team and other relevant departments, such as industrial physicians, the Health Management Office of the Human Resources Department, General Administration Department, and the Health Insurance Association, collaborate with the Safety and Health Committee, the person responsible for HR & General Administration and the person in charge of Health and Productivity Management Promotions in each location to address focused issues on health and safety. Moreover, JVCKENWOOD is taking the initiative as a top runner among the Group companies by developing guidelines and measures and taking joint actions.


Health and productivity management promotion system


Health checkups and prevention activities

Health checkup is an essential part of health and productivity management. JVCKENWOOD works to ensure that all employees receive regular health checkup and encourage re-examinations to seek early treatment to those who found abnormalities and prevention not becoming severe.

The Health Support Center takes the initiative in calling for voluntary re-examinations. However, going forward, the Human Resources Department and line managers will join this initiative, together working to maintain and promote employees’ health. 

 

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021 Targets

Rate of employees who received regular health checkups*

100%

100%

100%

100%

*Target: Employees of JVCKENWOOD Corporation


Health promotion initiatives

Measures

Details

Regular health checkup and prevention of severe diseases through subsequent measures

JVCKENWOOD has continued to ensure that all employees in Japan receive regular health checkup and aims to do so.

We also confirm the status of health checkups received by employees at overseas Group companies, collect checkup results, and promote health checkup.

We recommend that employees take cancer screening and gynecologic examinations in collaboration with the Health Insurance Association.

Industrial physicians check the results of health checkups, conduct interviews, encourage re-examinations, and provide health guidance. 

We promote employees’ health by introducing and using the “Health Support System,” which enables employees to view their historical health checkup results, so that they can check and manage their own health.

Stress checkups and workplace improvement

We conduct mandatory stress checkups, and work to raise health awareness among employees and promote self-care by providing interviews with industrial physicians and consultations by nursing professionals for those who feel under high-level stress.

We provide feedback on results analysis for workplaces to improve workplace environment.

Providing information on health

Columns on health provided by industrial physicians and nursing professionals are introduced on the intranet as part of health promotion activities.

Mental health management

We support employees who return to work after a mental health-related absence in collaboration with their workplace, the Health Support Center, and Health Management Office of the Human Resources Department.

Overwork prevention measures

We have been making efforts to prevent health problems by making inquiries to and providing interviews with industrial physicians for employees, including managers, who work overtime for 60 hours or more per month, and improving workplace environment. 

Anti-COVID-19 measures

As part of our anti-COVID-19 measures, we share information on the intranet. We also prevent infection from spreading by promoting working from home, sterilizing workplace when an employee is infected, and having those who attended the meeting with the infected individuals leave the office, and provide special leaves on the days employees take vaccine.

As a measure against flu, the Health Insurance Association partially covers expenses for vaccination and provides employees with vaccination at each business place. Antibody tests of rubella are provided when a group checkup is performed at each business center. 

Anti-smoking activities (passive smoking prevention measures)

At the Health Support Center, nursing professionals who are qualified as “supporter for quitting smoking” provide consultation on smoking cessation.

Aiming to reduce the percentage of smoking employees to 19% by fiscal 2021, the Group is collaborating with the Health Insurance Association to take measures to help employees stop smoking.

Establishment of hotlines

In addition to the existing hotline for harassment, we will establish privacy-preserving hotlines for mental health and those dedicated to women’s health to accommodate diversified consultations. 


Mental health and work engagement enhancement

JVCKENWOOD continues to work to ensure the early identification of mental health problems and support to return to work after a mental health-related absence. In addition to the existing secondary and tertiary preventions, primary prevention is being pursued through the analysis of mental health issues based on statistical data, etc. obtained from stress checkups. We will enhance manager education and create a working environment free of mental stressors.

We aim to improve communication in the workplace through the mental health management. In addition, we also strive to create an environment where everyone is motivated to work by visualizing their career orientation, and skills and strengths through the career survey conducted respectively for managers and general employees to assign the right person to the right place.


Overwork prevention measures

JVCKENWOOD recognizes long working hours as a major problem that could harm the health of employees or even endanger their lives. Therefore, we are making active efforts to eliminate long working hours, such as by checking the working hours of all employees each month and providing feedback to their managers through the activities of the Safety and Health Committee.

With regard to remote working that has been expected to serve as one of the solutions to long working hours and acceleratingly established because of the COVID-19 crisis, we provide training for managers toward realizing appropriate labor management including measures against long hours of work.

Through these measures, the average annual hours actually worked per worker for the company, which stood at 1,986 hours in fiscal 2017, declined to 1,875 hours in fiscal 2020. We will make company-wide efforts to enable employees to stay physically and mentally healthy and motivated to work by both objectively recognizing their working hours and thoroughly implementing labor management, including PC log management, following the rapid expansion of remote working.

 

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021 Targets

Total annual actual working hours per employee

1,978 hours

1,917 hours

1,875 hours

1,900 hours


Initiatives to reduce the percentage of smoking employees and passive smoking prevention measures

JVCKENWOOD has been taking the initiatives to reduce the percentage of smoking employees and passive smoking prevention measures as part of our focused theme for health and productivity management.

Smoking is not just harmful to smokers. As indicated by the stricter enforcement of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO) for SDG 3 (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and the revision of the Health Promotion Act to strengthen passive smoking prevention measures, smoking is no longer a matter of personal preference but a serious social issue.

JVCKENWOOD has started carrying out anti-smoking activities in our business locations as part of collaboration health with the Health Insurance Association since fiscal 2018. We held sessions on anti-smoking initiatives for employees, provided seminars on how to quit smoking, gradually set aside no-smoking days (from one day in a month to three days in a week), and imposed a total smoking ban in four principal business locations from July 2020. In doing so, we have largely achieved our targets of reducing the percentage of smoking employees to 20% as of the end of fiscal 2020, in addition to the achievement of preventing passive smoking in our business locations. Targeting at 19% in fiscal 2021, we will introduce anti-smoking initiatives for smokers to further reduce the smoking rate.



Setting indicators and targets for health promotion

We measure quantitative indicators and set targets for specific measures of health management, working together with the JVCKENWOOD Health Insurance Association to achieve the expected effects of reducing absenteeism, reducing presenteeism, improving work engagement, and enhancing and improving work-life balance. We are promoting activities to achieve the goals of health promotion measures.

Health Care Indicators

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021 Targets

Health check up rate

100%

100%

100%

100%

Stress check up rate

84.2%

88.0%

91.8%

More than 95%

Sleep and rest*1

-

55.6%

67.4%

More than 70%

Exercise habits*2

-

29.2%

23.4%

More than 30%

Obesity rate*3

-

29.0%

31.2%

Less than 25%

Number of participants in web walking events

-

-

251

350

Smoking rate

25.0%

23.1%

20.2%

Less than 20%

*1 Percentage of respondents who answered "Yes" to the question "Do you get enough rest from sleep?"
*2 Percentage of respondents who answered "Yes" to the questionnaire "I do light sweaty exercise for more than 30 minutes at least 2 days a week for more than 1 year.
*3 Percentage of people with a BMI of 25 or higher, as defined by the Japan Society for the Study of Obesity


Continued to be certified as an excellent health management company

JVCKENWOOD has been recognized as an enterprise that implements good health and productivity management under the Certified Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organizations Recognition (Large Enterprise Category) Program, which is administered by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi, for four consecutive years since 2018, and we are recognized as one of the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organizations in fiscal 2021.

The program recognizes large enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises that have implemented specifically great initiatives to promote health and productivity management based on regional health issues and the initiatives to promote health promoted by the Nippon Kenko Kaigi.

We will continue to proactively maintain and promote our employees’ health as part of our focused management theme.


Occupational Safety and Health Management

Under the JVCKENWOOD Health Policy Statement, we promote group-wide efforts to create a “workplace environment that enables all employees to stay healthy and motivated to work” to create a safe and healthy workplace free of accidents so that each and every employee can demonstrate their full potential.


Occupational safety and health promotion system

In accordance with the Industrial Safety and Health Act, JVCKENWOOD has established the Safety and Health Committee at each business location and works with our employees on safety and health promotion activities.


Organizational structure for promoting occupational safety and health


Work-related accidents

JVCKENWOOD holds Safety and Health Committee meetings and carries out Safety Patrol campaigns every month to reduce work-related accidents. As a result, there was one accident where an employee slipped at the frozen parking lot in the place they visited, and the frequency rate of lost-worktime injuries*¹ and the severity rate of lost-worktime injuries*² were as below. In fiscal 2021, we will enhance our initiatives, aiming at zero work-related accident.

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

Frequency rate of lost time injuries

0.000

0.163

0.153

0.175

(Manufacturing industry)

1.02

1.20

1.20

1.21

Severity rate of lost time injuries

0.000

0.000

0.008

0.003

(Manufacturing industry)

0.08

0.10

0.10

0.07

*1 Frequency rate of lost time injuries: Frequency rate of accidents, which is calculated using the following formula: number of casualties due to occupational accidents / total actual working hours x1,000,000. Note that the “number of casualties” here only means the number of occupational casualties where people in case absent from work for one or more days and lost a body part or a bodily function due to the accident.

*2 Severity rate of lost time injuries: Severity rate of accidents, which is calculated using the following formula: total lost-work days / total actual working hours x1,000.


Creating safe workplaces

JVCKENWOOD holds Safety and Health Committee meetings and carries out Safety Patrol campaigns every month. Reporting and corrective measures are determined based on deliberations with the representative of the Committee. By rolling them out at respective workplace by members of the Safety and Health Committee, we strive to improve safety and health activities on an ongoing basis. 

 

FY 2017

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

Number of employees who took the occupational safety and health training

28

55

91

3


Safety and Health Committee meeting being held with anti-COVID-19 measures

  Scene from Safety Patrol


Supply chain safety and health initiatives

The JVCKENWOOD Group developed the JVCKENWOOD CSR Procurement Guidelines in 2017, including specific provisions to promote safety and health efforts in the supply chain. These guidelines have been explained at Partners Meetings to deliver parts suppliers in our supply chain. They have also been asked to take voluntary and proactive measures to realize CSR procurement.

For details, please see Sustainable Procurement

 

Going forward, we will continue our occupational safety and health initiatives to ensure that our partners and employees can work with peace of mind and demonstrate their full potential.