LIXIL makes pioneering water and housing products that solve everyday, real-life challenges, making better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere.
LIXIL seeks to create a fair and rewarding workplace, develop a strong and cohesive corporate culture, and foster an open atmosphere between the unions and the company.
We strive to create an environment that encourages employee diversity, inspires pride in the company, and enables each employee to maximize their productivity and potential. As part of this, we have been focusing on improving our workstyles and revising our human resources systems to foster employee enthusiasm and motivation. This includes encouraging employees to take paid holidays, offering more comprehensive childcare and nursing care support, and promoting proactive personal career development.
LIXIL is evolving rapidly. In order to further integrate employees and become One LIXIL, it is important for us to understand the circumstances of each organization and actively incorporate employees’ views when seeking to further improve working environments and building both top-down and bottom-up systems.
We work to ensure that employees understand the three LIXIL Behaviors, which serve as a guideline on how individual LIXIL employees think and act in their daily work. To help that process, LIXIL Corporation set up an internal social media group called Behaviors Lounge in which we conduct relay interview with our CEO and other chief officers, and offered special menus associated with each of the three behaviors in our staff cafeterias.
Relay interview with our chief officers
Special menus in our staff cafeterias
In FYE 2020, we launched a new comprehensive human resources program to revitalize our business in Japan called Kawaranaito LIXIL, which includes a drive to change working styles. We strive to create business environments that enable employees to communicate openly and equally and adopt the most efficient working style to suit a particular situation.
Since January 2020, we have expanded our conventional work-from-home system to encompass teleworking. We are promoting new diverse and productive working styles that enable employees to flexibly choose working place, time, tools, etc. according to their own individual working styles and work-life balance. We have also strengthened our working environment such as IT systems to cope with the gradual increase in the number of employees selecting the telework system. Based on those improvements, we were able to smoothly shift to work-from-home during the spread of the COVID-19 infection worldwide. We will continue to review the future of offices spaces and the new work styles, centered on work-from-home.
Through our “Change Our Working Style!” Campaign at LIXIL Corporation, we have promoted various awareness-raising and human resource initiatives. In October 2020, we introduced a “Super-Flextime” system that allows more flexible working hours, and revised systems such as trialling approval for employees to work in second job. In addition to the teleworking system, further flexible working styles are available through the promotion of taking paid holidays and the expansion of IT infrastructure. Through “Change Our Working Style! NEXT”, we will continue to take the initiative to help employees utilize the new systems to work more efficiently.
We conduct opinion surveys of all employees worldwide under direct employment contracts. The surveys had been previously conducted separately within each Group company, but we combined them into one common survey in FYE2016.
In the third survey conducted in FYE2020, we collected opinions from 92% of employees in 21 different languages. That’s a total of 55,949 responses. The results collected from major global organizations were then reported and made accessible to managers and employees. We have also introduced an online system that enables each employee to freely view and analyze their own organization’s results, so that they can gain a solid understanding of their organization’s strengths and weaknesses and develop action plans. We intend to continuously improve grassroots initiatives and create an easy, comfortable working environment by taking various actions, both big and small, from holding assemblies to encourage inter-organization communication to holding debates centered around senior management messages to deepen understanding of our management policies. From FYE2021, we start new survey “LIXIL Voice”, which is named by our employees, and collect employee opinions more frequently to accelerate further reforms to our company.