Building a company worth working at
Enabling the flourishing of diverse talent
The Haseko Group is striving to develop an environment in which a diverse range of people can demonstrate their individual characteristics and capabilities and thrive regardless of their races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identity, ages, religions or disabilities.
Creating pleasant workplaces
Promoting "Workstyle Reform"
In order for each and every employee to play an active role by fully demonstrating his/her capabilities and skills, it is indispensable not only for employees to make efforts but also for a company to provide support to realize a pleasant workplace and improve productivity.
The Haseko Group has been promoting "MOSt (Move On Step) Activities," aimed at executing operational reforms, improving productivity, alleviating prolonged work, taking days off from work, etc. In addition, Group companies and divisions are pushing ahead with their own voluntary initiatives. Going forward, we will continue to proactively engage in initiatives, given that legislation related to workstyle reform was passed in July 2018.
Opened “MOSt Place,” multipurpose space for the employees
“MOSt Place,” a multipurpose space for our employees was opened in the Head Office building in Shiba and also in Hiranomachi building. Based on the concept of “improving productivity” and “stimulating communication,” it was designed as a space that sparks new ideas and inspirations, a space in which a variety of employees can mix and mingle, and a space where you can chill out. The space can be utilized flexibly, whether for meetings, working remotely or events in after-hours. We aspire to make it a place where each employee can unleash his/her potential and generate innovation.
Creative office in Value Creation Division
In Value, technology and innovation division, which aims to create and verify Haseko Group's future businesses, improve the competitiveness of its products and services, and raise labor productivity, the office space has been designated as a "creative office" as a base to create innovation, the first of its kind in the Haseko Group.
Its concept is "Road Trip/Traveling Office." Employees in the FIT Development Dept. in charge of promotion of innovation played a central role in conducting a series of studies and designing an office space aimed at enabling employees to walk around freely in the work area as if they are on a trip, take advantage of the communication that incidentally arises among them and thereby yield steady results.
In addition, we launched a self-managed organization called "Office Design Committee," which is engaged in such initiatives as aesthetic maintenance, promotion of communication, and greater disclosure/transparency of opinions and proposals for improvement of offices in an effort to maintain the creative office.
Realization of "two days off a week" at construction sites
The Japan Federation of Construction Contractors (JFCC) has established the “Headquarters for Promoting Two Days Off per Week” and formulated the “Action Plan to Realize Two Days Off per Week,” targeted at closing six or more construction sites every four weeks by the end of fiscal 2019 and eight construction sites every four weeks by the end of fiscal 2021. Haseko Corporation also started an initiative to close construction sites simultaneously on Saturdays in 2002 and has been working to close construction sites simultaneously five Saturdays per year since 2006. Since fiscal 2018, we have been promoting the closure of six construction sites every four weeks. In fiscal 2019, we realized closures at 81.6% of sites. We will continue making efforts to resolve the issues in the construction industry.
"MOSt Activities" aimed at improving workplace environment on a Group-wide scale
Since fiscal 2005, the Haseko Group has been engaging in "MOSt Activities" with the objective of creating an operating environment in which employees can seek physical and mental fulfilment and demonstrate their capabilities. "MOSt" is the abbreviation of "Move On Step," reflecting our commitment to "steadily engaging in activities by taking one step at a time."
In concrete terms, the “MOSt activities” are being carried out under the initiative of the committees set up for this purpose in each division of Haseko Corporation and each Group company. Committee members selected from both labor and management set a theme or issue specific to their own workplace, discuss ways to solve them, and put them into practice. Information on these activities is shared among secretariat members of all committees on a regular basis and measures that proved effective are adopted at other workplaces as needed, thus helping to improve work environment across the Group.
Initiatives in 2019
In fiscal 2019, continuing from the previous year, we started our activities under the slogan "Let's work on improving operational efficiency and productivity and implementing tangible workstyle reform!!"
Various measures that came out of these committee activities have been put into practice, such as promoting mobile work by introducing mobile PCs and virtual desktops, bringing ICT devices and apps into construction sites, and applying RPA to a wider range of jobs, among others. Introduction of mobile PCs and virtual desktops turned out to be particularly effective even in times when we have to keep the business going while trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In addition to these committee-led activities, a range of Group-wide initiatives are also going on, including the twice-yearly “Group-wide ‘leave work early’ days,” the “division-level ‘leave work early’ days,” the sharing of information on the activities of each committee and their application to other workplaces, and the MOSt Report (monthly), which is issued to raise awareness among the management and staff.
Services supporting diverse work styles
Interaction-oriented rental office business
Lately, the trend to review work style has been gaining momentum, leading to higher demand for rental offices and co-working spaces where people can work other than at companies. The Haseko Group leverages the know-how on community development it has gained from condominium management in its business, namely, the operation of interaction-oriented rental office "BISTATION", and offers services to support diverse work styles. Based on the concept "Connecting, learning about and sharing people and businesses," two offices are currently in operation as places that serve as business hubs and assist in community development, i.e., "BISTATION SHIMBASHI" and "BISTATION FUKUOKA TENJIN" operated by Haseko Community, Inc. and Haseko Community Kyushu, Inc., respectively.
Enabling the flourishing of diverse talent
Supporting the active participation of women
The Haseko Group is seeking to give all of its employees equal opportunities to play an active role regardless of gender. There are, however, not many women working in the construction industry, and the same is true in the Haseko Group. Starting in 2014, the Group has been publishing concrete measures to promote the active participation of women in each Group company in the form of the “General Employer Action Plan.” We will continue Group-wide efforts to create an environment that allows women to bring their best out.
Activities of “Project for Promotion of Active Participation of Women”
The Haseko Group has been publishing concrete measures to promote the active participation of women in each Group company in the form of “General Employer Action Plan.” In April 2017, we launched the “Project for Promotion of Active Participation of Women” for the purpose of developing a female-friendly working environment and improving understanding at the workplace as part of the “General Employer Action Plan.” In 2018, we launched the “Project for Promotion of Active Participation of Women (for Executives)” comprising female executives, and the final reporting to the management by all teams was completed in December 2019.
Past reports have led to tangible measures, such as the “establishment of the Office for Promotion of Active Participation of Women” and “reviewing of reemployment system operation” in fiscal 2019. Members of the Project, in cooperation with HR Department and the Office for Promotion of Active Participation of Women, are continuing discussions on the content of the reports. Moving forward, we will take more concrete steps from the perspectives of “creation and improvement of systems/organizations,” “changing the mindsets,” and “providing information.”
Group-wide efforts to promote women’s active participation
Throughout the Haseko Group, female employees, known as “Hasejo,” are playing an active role in all fields of work in the development of condominium life, from business planning to development promotion, designing, construction, sales, interior decorating, and administration. We will make the workplace conditions more conducive to women engineers and technicians, as advocated in the construction industry’s “KENSETSU-KOMACHI” action plan, and continue bringing women’s perspectives and sensibilities into our condominium development and the services to support life in the condominiums.
With the aim of realizing female-friendly construction sites, Haseko Corporation conducts “Female Staff Training Workshops” multiple times a year, combining female staff in eastern and western regions of Japan. By listening to senior female staff's experiences regarding how to get the job done, new recruits can envision their own future. We take young employees to worksite inspection tours so as to deepen their interest in construction and familiarize them with execution supervision operations. We also strive to share concerns and develop a sense of unity through interaction among female staff, and make improvements by identifying issues and priorities related to the working environment.
At worksites where female staff are playing an active role, consideration is given not only to such matters as installing female-only toilets, rest stations, changerooms and other such facilities, but also regularly monitoring the state of these facilities using check sheets as part of our ongoing efforts towards creating worker-friendly sites.
Hosting opinion exchange dialogues of female technicians
Haseko Corporation is holding opinion exchange dialogues between female technicians from workshops and the staff (members of the Value Enhancement Committee and the Workstyle Reform Committee) on a regular basis.
The dialogue, under the theme of “honest opinions about worksites from women’s point of view,” is held in a round-table style to exchange views in a positive manner and invite requests regarding worksite facilities and equipment, worries and difficulties specific to women, among others. Based on the valuable views presented at each dialogue, we hold consultations with relevant divisions, implement improvements, and apply it to other sections, and work towards the betterment of the work environment.
Launched an internal portal site “Together, we are building a company worth working at”
On September 1, 2020, the Haseko Group launched an internal portal site, “Together, we’re building a company worth working at,” to deliver more information aimed at promoting the active participation of female staff.
The site features role models that represent different working styles, outlines the systems concerning childbirth, parenting, nursing care, etc., and covers various other career support information. It also serves as a forum for exchange of information and to solicit ideas, through which we encourage our employees to take initiative in “creating a workplace where you can stay active for a long period.”
We will utilize this site in addressing the issues we face in creating a worker-friendly environment, and further enrich the site’s content towards realizing “a company worth working at,” a theme of the Haseko Group’s CSR activities.
Active participation of senior personnel
As efforts to adapt to the era of aging population in Japan, we believe it is important to secure and promptly train new recruits as a going concern and utilize the wealth of experience, skills and know-how of seniors on an ongoing basis to prepare against the aging population and declining birth rate. The Haseko Group has been one of the first organizations to work on the active participation of the elderly, having increased the mandatory retirement age from 60 to 65 in 2005, in view of such factors as developments in the legal system to adapt to the aging society and the effective utilization of human resources (as of March 31, 2020, approx. 174 employees are actively working for a certain period of time even after mandatory retirement).
In 2014, we introduced "Training Workshops for 60-year-old Employees," in which we give such employees the opportunity to look back at their corporate lives and think about how they can make the most of their career, what they can pass on to their successors, and what would be helpful in giving guidance to them. We also provide such employees with support in the five-year period until mandatory retirement so that they can engage in their main job and the training of their successors with a high level of motivation.
Promoting employment of disabled persons
In 1991, Haseko Corporation established Haseko Systems, Inc. as a special subsidiary. We obtained certification under the "special subsidiary system (group application)" in 2009, and have 147 disabled persons playing an active role in the Haseko Group. (as of June 1, 2020)
Going forward, we will continue making efforts to expand occupational fields for the employment of disabled persons.
Active participation of personnel in overseas representative offices
Haseko Corporation currently runs overseas businesses in the United States (Hawaii) and Vietnam. Upon expanding into these regions, we have established a local representative office, where we not only assign employees from Japan to take up a post but also hire local staff.
We have led the businesses to success by understanding each other’s way of thinking, culture and how to get the job done, which vary from place to place.
- Nurturing a culture of trust