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Creation of Vibrant, Employee-Oriented Workplaces

Creation of Vibrant, Employee-Oriented Workplaces

Work Life Management Value for Time – A New Workstyle Creating a New Benesse

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Benesse Corporation seeks to develop the independence and responsibility of each employee, encouraging them to pursue personal goals and manage the balance between their work and their personal lives well. Based on this approach, the company is implementing work-life management initiatives. It aims to rigorously implement these initiatives as personnel measures not just for female employees but for all employees. The company aims for all employees to be efficient and realize work of high productivity and high added value; be attentive at work and in activities relating to the community or society; and take a wider perspective. The company sees its role as supporting employees' own efforts to achieve these goals. Accordingly, it is implementing three main initiatives: 1. Ensure well-focused work; 2. Provide support when needed, such as for childcare, nursing, and nursing care; and 3. Support health management.

From fiscal 2015, we have been innovating our approach to work under the slogan "Value for Time – a New Workstyle Creating a New Benesse." The message is to increase the speed and quality of our work and deliver high-performance while enjoying life in full by reducing overtime (overtime zero). "Overtime zero" is by no means a token effort at cost reduction, but has been positioned as an initiative to strengthen our competitiveness as a company, which is a major task for management. Management will take the lead in promoting this initiative.

  • Benesse Corporation's Work Life Management Measures
  • Benesse Corporation Work-life Management-related Data (regular employee)
Benesse Corporation

Occupational Health and Safety Initiatives

Every Benesse Group company has health and safety committees and implements medical checkups as required by law as part of efforts to keep employees healthy. We are also taking steps as a Group to promote healthcare, including sharing cases at Group human resources manager meetings, enhancing industrial physician systems and setting up consultation desks. Moreover, all Benesse Group companies use external employee assistance programs (EAPs). These are only a few examples of our wide-ranging activities on this front.

Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION

Operation of the "Speak Up Line" group whistleblower program

The Benesse Group operates an internal whistleblower program called the "Speak Up Line" to provide a means of speedily reporting and obtaining advice in the event of the discovery of illegal acts, misconduct, or infringements of the articles of association or internal regulations.

Group companies work to prevent and rapidly resolve various issues through appropriate utilization of this program.

Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION

Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

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Benesse Group started an initiative for management of good health in 2018.We think that good health of each employee and their families are important capital for the company and that management of good health is one of the important business challenges.
We regard health management issue not only as compliance in terms of occupational health and loss of human capital due to injuries or sickness of our employees but rather as a factor which we achieve our employee’s full potential to produce or provide our products and services which satisfies our customers more.

Issue of “the Benesse Group Health Declaration”

As a company which holds “Benesse (Well-being)” in Group Corporate Philosophy, we began to promote management of good health by issuing “Benesse Group Health Declaration” in January 2018, aiming to become top company in terms of good health of employees.

Benesse Group Health Declaration

Benesse Group declares, based on our Group Corporate Philosophy “Benesse (Well-being),” to endeavor to maintain and promote the health of our employees and their families.

  • We will strive to maintain and promote the health of each employee and to create workplace where they work in a vigorous, enthusiastic way.
  • We will support the health not only of our employees themselves, but also of their families.
  • We will respond to expectations from communities and society such as work-style reform and medical expenditure reduction through achieve better health of our employees and their families.
  • We, the company, the employees and health insurance cooperatives, will work altogether to promote the health in order to pursue service that “makes people’s lives great” and to gain support from customers and society to become an “indispensable company.”

Tamotsu Adachi
Representative Director, President and CEO
Benesse Holdings

Structure to Support Management of Good Health

The President of Benesse Holdings is Chief Health Officer. Under his direction, the company established the “Bureau of Management of Good Health” within Group Human Resources. The Bureau promote the group-wide health policies in cooperation with affiliates’ staffs in charge of human resources and occupational health.

Initiatives and outcome

About 300 employees participated in “Health Challenge Campaign” (Fiscal 2018)

The employees participated the campaign by setting and challenging their healthy actions (choosing from 20 different actions such as diet, quitting smoking, walking and others) for two months as individual or as a team. With the Group Human Resources of Benesse Holdings serving as the secretariat and the executive officer in charge also participating proactively, about 300 employees and 23 teams from affiliate companies such as Benesse Corporation and Benesse Style Care participated in the campaign.

As a result, 73.8% of participants reported improvement in health check result such as weight and blood pressure.
This campaign, through findings on questionnaire and examples, enabled us to reaffirm that good health is utmost important to show maximum performance and that such a campaign could be an opportunity to change employees’ consciousness for good health which further leads to behavioral change.

Health Seminar (held in Fiscal 2019)

Based on the findings of “Health Scoring Report” * and awareness survey for Benesse Corporation, we identified our group health priority issues as “improving of eating habits” and “lowering indefinite complaints from female employees.”
For addressing the former issue, we conducted a seminar on improvement of eating habits which provides both lecture and workshop. For addressing the latter issue, we conducted an online seminar on how to prevent and respond to diseases peculiar to women. The seminar was open to not only employees in Japan but also those overseas. The result of survey conducted for participants more than six months after the seminar shows that approximately 70% of them reports some behavioral change in their lifestyle habit which leads to improvement of their health.

* A report which grades the condition of health, healthcare cost and activities for maintaining health and avoiding diseases and notify it to the management.

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Recognition for Our Approach to Human Resources Development

Under the Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program, established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan, the three of our group companies, namely Benesse Holdings Inc., Benesse Corporation and Tokyo Individualized Education Institute, Inc. were elected as the large enterprise category and Benesse Business-mate, Inc. was elected as the medium-to-small enterprise category.
Such measures as the work-life management, group-wide healthcare approach and assignment of healthcare staff were well reviewed in the Program.


Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program

The Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program is a program for recognizing large enterprises and small to medium enterprises engaging in particularly excellent health management practices based on initiatives addressing health issues impacting the local community or health improvement initiatives promoted by Nippon Kenko Kaigi.
By highlighting excellence in health management by enterprises, this program aims to promote the development of an environment in which corporations are recognized within society, including by workers, employee candidates, affiliate companies, and financial institutions, for their strategic efforts and business management approach to employee health management.

Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

Our working environment, which allows diverse human resources to play an active role, also enable them to interact mutually and to create a corporate culture which encourages them to train up each other.
Benesse Group has ever gained attention as a group where women can play an active role. In the light of the situation that more and more employees are over the age of fifty, the Group began to create new frameworks and start new initiatives which enables each employee can take an active part according to their current life stage.

Benesse Group Work Life Management

As stated in Benesse Group Principles, “we believe that before we become good business people, we must live as responsible members of society.” We have ensured the idea of “Work Life Management” that we cherish our private lives as well as our works and this dates back well over a decade.
We have, of course, supported employees to balance their careers and child-raising. Over the last few years, we have had strong emphasis on to support them to balance their careers and nursing.

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Data related to work-life management (full-time employees)

Overtime work hours
(average/month in FY2019 ended March 2020)*
34.3 hours
Rate of paid leave taken
(average/month in FY2019 ended March 2020)
60%
Number of male employees who took childcare leave
(FY2019 ended March 2020)
11
Number of employees who took nursing care leave
(FY2019 ended March 2020)
0
Average years of continuous service
(FY2019 ended March 2020)
Men 12.0 years
Women 12.6 years

* Regular working hours: 7 hours/day

* Taking preventing measures to coronavirus COVID-19 as an opportunity, we revised the telecommuting policy. Telecommuting was before allowed upon employee’s request and it was revised that shifting telecommuting to normal work style during the period of state of emergency, and even after that, each employee can choose his/her workplace from his/her home or office. We also encourage commuting employees to stagger their working hours to avoid commuting on a crowded train.

Initiatives and outcome

From fiscal 2015 on, we hold a seminar on balancing work and nursing, mainly for employees of Benesse Corporation. In fiscal 2018, some 200 group employees participated in the seminar.
Each year, there is growing number of employees with the age of over 50 years (16% in fiscal 2018 and 31% estimated in fiscal 2025, in the case of Benesse Corporation), who are familiar with nursing issue, the seminar not only gains attention but also serves for many participants’ lives, with satisfaction survey conducted after the seminar showing nearly 100% of them feels useful.
In fiscal 2018 and 2019, we held the seminars online, which could spread the idea to more and more employees across the group.

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A seminar on balancing work and nursing for the group employees

(held 3 times online in July 2019)

Many participants felt satisfied (Survey shows 95% found the seminar “useful”), some commenting that “I could expand my understanding of nursing. I thought I had to prepare for it.”, “Getting to know that there was a consultation service within the group relieves me.”, “I could have an opportunity to get to know other participants’ opinion. That was useful.” Through these comments, we believe that this seminar encourages more and more employees to prepare for facing actual case.

Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

Because Benesse Group works on businesses which requires high standards of ethics as education and nursing care, each employee of the group must understand compliance to promote faithful business.
The Group, on the other hand, operates framework that employees can report something wrong to the management in order to improve our business and our workplace.

Operation of GAMBA

Benesse Group conducts survey targeting all employees of the group. The survey aims to measure the current corporate culture of each group company.
Such questions on compliance as management of the group and each group company, organizational management, motivation of employees are asked in the survey and answered by almost all employees. The result is analyzed according to hierarchy from top management to each business unit, and the findings is used for improving management of business and organization. Through this survey, we listen to voice of each employee and utilize it to the future of the group.

Operation of the "Speak Up Line" group whistleblower program

The Benesse Group operates an internal whistleblower program called the "Speak Up Line" to provide a means of speedily reporting and obtaining advice in the event of the discovery of illegal acts, misconduct, or infringements of the articles of association or internal regulations.

Group companies work to prevent and rapidly resolve various issues through appropriate utilization of this program.

Benesse Holdings, Inc., Benesse Holdings, Inc. Sustainability Promotion, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Department, Benesse Holdings, Inc. Administrative Division, Benesse Corporation, Benesse Foundation for Children, Benesse Educational Research and Development Institute, Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC., Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,, Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd., UP Inc., Benesse Style Care Co., Ltd., Benesse Business-mate, Inc., Benesse Socius, Inc., Fukutake Foundation, FUKUTAKE EDUCATION AND CULTURE FOUNDATION, CLASSICO Inc.

Last updated : 2020/03/31