Promote Work Style Reforms
Surpassing our Traditional Framework
In order to promote a workstyle that will enable us to grasp the needs of our ever-changing society and clientele, to devise solutions that fit with the times, and to create new distribution channels, Marubeni is working on a number of new initiatives from FYE 3/2019 that operate from the main themes of “Human Capital,” “Mechanisms,” and “Time.”
The personnel who will be responsible for the future of Marubeni must not only be professionals in a particular product field. They should also be able to grasp social and customer issues with a multifaceted perspective that goes beyond the scope of the business and have the mindset to imagine a solution by taking full advantage of the diverse business infrastructure (platforms) of the Marubeni Group. Therefore, the measures outlined below have been initiated to promote the development of such human capital.
This is a program where Marubeni Group employees from around the world with diverse careers and personalities are brought together to think about and discuss innovation. The goal of this program is to generate practical innovation through intensive thought and discussion.
“External Personnel Exchange Program”
This is a program targeting employees who are future candidates for management and executive positions at Marubeni. The employees are dispatched to leading companies in various industries, such as finance, consulting firms, and manufacturing for a few years to achieve results while working on the front lines. In addition to building a network of connections outside Marubeni, this program also promotes the development of personnel with an outside perspective, the ability to identify values/functions that have not been delivered thus far, and the ability to use insights gained to develop new businesses.
Three people of different ages and from different departments form a trio and regularly communicate to form connections that transcend one’s organization and generation, to share experiences, to further mutual understanding of different values and ways of thinking, and to build a foundation for new employees.
“New Business Attire Guidelines: “Self-Biz””
As an initiative to foster a culture of autonomous thinking and conduct, “Self-Biz” has been introduced. This is a policy that allows each employee to select the business attire that they personally feel is appropriate, based on guidelines that define minimum requirements while discarding the categories of business vs. casual.
The following measures are being implemented as mechanisms to promote innovation that transcends the vertically segmented product system of an organization.
“Business Model Canvas”
This is a mechanism used to present the Marubeni Group operating assets and business models visually. Sharing this with all employees encourages new value and asset synergies and the creation of new businesses.
This mechanism enables all Group employees to contribute proposals related to business improvements and new business ideas.
For those wishing to learn the processes for innovation, this program includes about four months of field work during which a total of five days of sessions are held about once per month. Each participant creates a new business proposal from scratch and learns how to innovate from the issue discovery process and how to formulate projects.
No matter how well people and mechanisms have been prepared, without time it is not possible to start something new. For this reason, the following initiatives are being implemented.
“Business Improvement Project”
A comprehensive review is being conducted on in-house business practices, such as reducing internal paperwork requirements.
This measure makes it possible for employees to allocate up to a maximum of 15% of their work hours in activities aimed at developing business that will help to increase the value of the Marubeni Group. This rule aims to create an environment for each employee that makes it easier to search for and discover new solutions for customers and society by making use of the Marubeni Group’s networks, business models, knowledge and human capital.
“Work from Anywhere”
A “Work from Anywhere” policy, aimed at raising the performance of the entire organization, has been adopted to encourage each employee to achieve greater quality, speed, and volume of output through increasing workplace options such as working from home and encouraging more effective time utilization.