Respect for the Individual
A Safe and Healthy Workplace
Each employee should be inspired to exercise his or her talents at work. To realize this ideal, Alps Electric is dedicated to developing effective programs and environments that are mentally and physically safe and healthy to work in.
Occupational Health and Safety
Alps Electric believes that a rewarding workplace is one where employees can work in a safe and healthy environment. A major corporate management objective at Alps is to ensure the health and safety of all people working at our locations.
As specific measures in maintaining safe and comfortable environments, we patrol workplaces looking for any potential health or safety hazards that need correcting, and train employees on how to give first-aid treatment in emergency situations.
Local police also provide traffic safety training for our employees as we urge them to commit themselves to safe and defensive driving to prevent accidents from occurring on the road.
Today, society is giving more attention to mental health issues. To ensure that workers' mental health care needs are met, Alps Electric’s health management staff, which includes corporate physicians, nurses and counselors, promotes preventative measures to keep employees mentally healthy. Alps Electric is committed to supporting employees by constantly improving working conditions and providing counseling any time they desire.
Efforts in Mental Health
Alps Electric offers mental health education for employees and managers as part of its commitment to maintaining employee mental health. In order to provide a working environment that reinforces mental health, since fiscal 2004, counseling rooms have been available at all facilities for all employees to use if needed. A counselor is present on designated days for those who wish to take up the opportunity to seek advice.
In fiscal 2007, we reviewed the systems available for employees to use after returning from mental health leave, and established a new “Back to Work Program.” Employees returning to work after mental health leave are often faced with a lot of stress and particular care is needed. The program gives tailored support to each returning employee and guidelines for working hours, job types, regular follow-up care and so forth.
Assuring a Safe Workplace by Installing AEDs
In Alps Electric’s domestic business locations, AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) have been gradually installed for emergency use.
The AED is a life-saving device that can be operated by anybody. However, the AED is not enough. When somebody collapses, it is difficult for people around to remain calm. Therefore, training on a regular basis and a basic understanding of the AED are crucial.
As part of health and safety activities, Alps Electric continuously conducts training seminars on AED handling and provides employees with opportunities to experience first aid measures including not only how to use an AED but how to call an ambulance and to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Through these activities, while training as many employees as possible to operate an AED, Alps will continue to install more AED kits and to maintain an environment that allows all employees to work safely and securely.
Improving Individual Health
To maintain and improve employee health, Alps Electric aggressively offers lectures on health by dietitians and regimens for exercises which can be practiced easily in our daily lives. In recent years, we have instituted a program in which employees plan their own maintenance of health activities for the following half year. They notify us of their planned activities. We do not only provide opportunities but also encouragement to the employees to be more self-disciplined in personal health management by offering incentives such as small prizes for certain goals accomplished.
The more the problem of “Metabolic Syndrome” comes to be recognized, the more health conscious employees become. We continue to support each employee’s health life.
A Diverse Workplace
Alps Electric believes that building a work environment, in which diverse personnel from different backgrounds―nationality, language, culture, customs, and gender―can fulfill their potential and can play an active role in the organization, makes a corporation strong.
We are committed to developing progressive programs such as the program in which new graduates from overseas are hired, the Alps Work Experience Program and the Reduced Working Hours Program, and to improving the working environment.
We respect the diversity of employees and have improved infrastructure that allows them to work more comfortably. For example, we have installed barrier-free facilities, toilets and grab bars for individuals with disabilities, and a nursing mothers’ breast-pumping room in our new Headquarters building. Universal design fixtures and furnishings have also been introduced.
Alps will continue to promote diversity through the programs and infrastructure, so that we can pursue productivity improvements and establish competitive superiority by realizing a diverse personnel pool.
Balancing the Responsibilities of Work and Raising Children
We are facing the problem of a rapidly aging population and a dwindling birthrate and workforce. Alps Electric’s latest managerial issue is the question of how to best employ the various human resources. To cope with this issue, we have been developing a family-friendly workplace, committed to creating a work environment where employees can balance work and childrearing responsibilities, and can fully exercise their skills at work. Alps is determined to maximize corporate value and raise employee job satisfaction.
Child and Family Care Leave System
To facilitate and promote an environment into which healthy children of the next generation can develop and grow, Alps Electric obligingly took up the challenge posed by the Law for Measures to Support the Development of the Next Generation, and formulated an action plan in April 2005. The plan’s main concept is a work place that allows the employee to balance work and childrearing. The plan’s objective is to improve the working environment for working parents by introducing measures such as a new child-nursing leave, and extending the number of years employees can use the Reduced Working Hours program. Alps also developed an intranet site that provides employees with information about the various programs available to help them in balancing working and childrearing.
Promoting Employment of Individuals with Disabilities
Alps Electric places importance on ensuring that employees with and without disabilities work side-by-side and respect one another in the workplace. Since 2006, we have been setting company-wide employment targets for individuals with disabilities based on related legislation. Alps Electric’s disabled persons employment ratio as of March 31, 2012, exceeded the statutory ratio of 1.8%, and we have set a target of 2.0% for fiscal 2012. We will continue efforts to raise the disabled persons employment ratio and improve the work environment to ensure individuals with disabilities can fully demonstrate their talents.