Making the Most of Human Resources and Maintaining Optimal Workplace Environments | CASIO

Making the Most of Human Resources and Maintaining Optimal Workplace Environments

Diversity and Work Environment Initiatives That Make Casio a Great Place to Work

│Supporting Advancement of Women

Casio actively and continuously carries out a variety of measures with the aim of supporting all women on the job so that they can fully demonstrate their abilities. Casio actively promotes ambitious and talented employees, and the number of women in management positions increased from four in fiscal 2011 to 32 in fiscal 2021.

Casio had established a goal of raising the percentage of management positions held by women to 5% by 2020. While this target was not reached, the company plans to implement a range of measures to promote the active participation of women and to vigorously support the career formation of women.

Additionally, in some years, the percentage of women hires is somewhat low in the hiring of new graduates. Accordingly, Casio has set goals for the percentage of women in the hiring of new graduates joining the company every spring from fiscal 2020 of at least 25%. The company plans to expand the number of women who apply to be engineers by aggressively targeting technically minded women in its PR.

Woman in management positions (Casio Computer Co., Ltd.)

(FY) 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Number of woman in management positions
(number of managers)
13(5) 16(8) 20(10) 20(9) 24(10) 24(11) 27(10) 26(11) 30(11) 32(12)
Percentage of woman employees in management positions
(percentage of managers)
1.3%
(1.5%)
1.7%
(2.1%)
2.0%
(2.0%)
2.1%
(1.9%)
2.6%
(2.1%)
2.6%
(2.3%)
2.9%
(2.0%)
2.9%
(2.3%)
3.6%
(2.8%)
4.1%
(3.2%)

│Employing People with Disabilities and Encouraging Them to Play Active Roles

Casio is creating workplace environments that allow every individual to display their full abilities and aptitudes.
Upon request, it provides hands-on training in the workplace before hiring in an effort to dispel anxiety about actually working there and to eliminate gaps between expectations and reality.
Casio has also adopted and uses a follow-up system for persons with disabilities throughout the group. This system is intended to constantly aim for the most suitable environment in light of the opinions of both the workplace and persons with disabilities by conducting periodic interviews after a person with disabilities joins the company so they are not left alone to face any anxieties or problems. The interviews help to quickly resolve any problems, check aptitude for work duties based on actual performance of those duties, and facilitate the provision of care if a disability has changed with the passage of time. In ways like this, Casio is working hard to increase the retention rate. Casio also invites sign language interpreters to company events to help convey information to the hearing impaired.
Casio is carrying out initiatives aimed at making it an easier place to keep working by incorporating the opinions of persons with disabilities regarding issues such as environmental retrofitting focused on ensuring safety, measures to increase awareness in workplaces where persons with disabilities work, and measures to further establish their position in the workplace.

In addition, Casio introduced employment in an indoor farm setting in April 2021. This is intended to offer increased opportunities and to support the independence among those who experienced difficulty working in conventional office settings. The Casio Group is committed to contributing to building a society in which these employees are able to maintain active positions with even greater satisfaction and enthusiasm.

Percent of workforce with disabilities

Casio is boosting recruitment in order to raise the employment rate of people with disabilities.

  As of April 1, 2018 As of April 1, 2019 As of April 1, 2020 As of April 1, 2021
Casio Computer Co., Ltd. 1.98% 1.88% 2.08% 2.35%
Group companies in Japan 2.14% 1.99% 2.14% 2.29%

│Encouraging Non-Japanese Employees to Play Active Roles

Casio is working to create workplace environments that allow non-Japanese employees to relax and continue working long term after joining the company. Casio has implemented initiatives that take account of linguistic, cultural, customs and other differences. These initiatives include adding English descriptions to cafeteria menus and illustrations of types of meat to accommodate dietary restrictions based on religious precepts, the provision of special leave to take part in important events in employees’ home countries and to create opportunities to meet with family and relatives in their home countries once every few years, and the establishment of a prayer room at the company for Muslim employees. Casio’s non-Japanese employees play active roles in diverse workplaces while displaying their individuality.

English menu description (bottom); pork mark (upper right)

Prayer room

│Encouraging Seniors to Play an Active Role / Supporting the Lives and Employment of Seniors

In accordance with the revised Act for Stabilization of Employment of Older Persons, Casio’s Senior Employee Program provides retirement-age employees with employment opportunities, and to effectively utilize the skills and know-how that these individuals have accumulated over the course of their careers. Under the program, Casio offers continued employment with reasonable treatment according to past performance and the roles and responsibilities assumed after retirement age. The system creates workplaces where seniors can continue using their career skills and expertise within the Casio group. In addition, Casio offers flexible work arrangements allowing adjustments to hours and numbers of work days in consideration, for example, of needs to balance caregiving and work.

Clarifying roles when hiring senior employees
Casio has ranked senior employees by clarifying the expectations for each role and assigning by role and responsibilities, and treatment is determined based on this ranking. This results in well-balanced treatment that rewards senior employees who are particularly dynamic and make significant contributions to the company. In addition, Casio aims to improve treatment levels for all senior employees to make those who are rehired with the new treatment terms feel that their role is worthwhile.

Supporting self-directed career creation mindful of second careers
In order for employees to continue working enthusiastically subsequent to finding themselves in new roles with amended compensation after reaching mandatory retirement age and being re-employed as a senior employee, Casio believes employees need to prepare in advance forward-looking career plans. To this end, Casio provides employees with career training to offer opportunities to prepare self-directed career plans and consider what will be necessary in order to achieve these plans.
Casio also offers a range of support for second careers for employees who wish to pursue activities outside the company.

│Prioritizing Local Hiring and Promotion at Subsidiaries outside Japan

Along with the globalization of its operations, Casio is actively pursuing local hiring at its sites outside Japan. The aim is to promote management that is responsive to local conditions in each country, as a truly global company. This is being done not just in manufacturing, but also in various other fields.

Number of Casio Group regular employees (global breakdown)

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Providing internships
As it becomes difficult for students to get time to think about work due to a shrinking job hunting period in Japan, Casio is providing workplace-hosted internships aimed at giving students an insight into what “work” is and what a “job” is.

│Ensuring Fair Evaluation and Compensation

Based firmly on a foundation of fairness, Casio aims to continuously improve its human resource system in light of changes in the social environment. Within that system, the present basic human resources policy combines a role-based system that grades individual employees based on the extent of their roles with a performance-based approach to evaluation and compensation based mainly on outcomes of job performance within their roles.

In addition, Casio strives to find the optimal balance between employee growth and vitalization and expanding the company by promoting HR policies that prioritize the following perspectives.

・Respect of will: Grant significance to the individual's will and intentions
・Human resources development: Create opportunities for the acquisition of knowledge and skills needed in work
・Significance of abilities: Grant significance to abilities demonstrated through work
・Right person for the right job: Reflect individual wishes in job requests
・Priority distribution: Distribute limited management resources as efficiently as possible
・Stable employment: Strive to create workplaces where employees can work according to their abilities

Casio revised its rating system for management positions in fiscal 2022 to clarify the roles and skills of specialists for each rating to enable career paths and growth not only as managers but also as specialists to ensure a concrete vision. The common definition table for all occupational categories has been enhanced, and definition tables specific to occupational categories have been clarified as well. In addition, the list of names for specialists, which previously existed in an intermixed form, has been properly arranged.

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The evaluation system was overhauled in fiscal 2020. Up until then, the evaluations carried out every six months were linked to the full-year evaluation and reflected in salary raises and promotions (single track). Now that evaluations of more diverse employees are required, it has become increasingly difficult to balance all the different elements in these evaluations. Accordingly, Casio introduced a double-track evaluation that encourages motivation to take up challenges and change one’s actions.

In fiscal 2021, this was extended to group companies in Japan as well, and an approach unified across the group was advanced.

・Biannual evaluation (reflected in compensation): Goal management
Challenging goals have been introduced, based on a system in which each individual sets a goal (theme) at the start of the fiscal year and results are evaluated at the end of the fiscal year, in order to respect employees’ motivation to take up challenges and encourage more independent action.
・Full-year evaluation (reflected in salary raises and promotions): Biannual evaluation + process evaluation
Considers the performance process evaluation, including initiatives that will lead to future results

Main human resources system

│Education for Fair Evaluation and Compensation

All employees have performance interviews twice a year to discuss their evaluation results.

Casio requires managers to take evaluator training in an effort to improve their evaluation, leadership, and interviewing skills, in order to operate its human resources system fairly and appropriately.

Additionally, an overview of the evaluation and compensation system is posted on the company intranet to keep all employees thoroughly informed about this system. The company not only works with evaluators, but has also cooperated with the labor union to produce a Goal Setting and Evaluation Interview Handbook to help deepen understanding between supervisors and their subordinates and ensure fairness in operations.

Human resources data

Number of employees hired in Japan (As of end of March 2021)

  Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Group companies in Japan Total
Men 2,116 681 2,797 (80%)
Women 470 214 684 (20%)
Total 2,586 895 3,481

(Reference)

Non-regular employees 586 584 1,170

Number of employees hired in Japan (April 1, 2021)

  Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Group companies in Japan Total
Men 25 (83%) 6 31
Women 5 (17%) 0 5
Total 30 6 36

Average years of service in Japan (As of end of March 2021)

  Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Group companies in Japan Total
Men 19.7 18.6 19.4
Women 14.6 23.4 17.4
Total 18.8 19.8 19

Average employee age in Japan (As of end of March 2021)

  Casio Computer Co., Ltd. Group companies in Japan Total
Men 47.8 47.4 47.7
Women 42.1 47.5 43.8
Total 46.8 47.4 46.9

│Initiatives to Support Work-Life Balance

Casio appreciates the importance of work-life balance and is striving to create environments that accommodate diverse work-styles in a flexible manner. The company will continue to promote the establishment of systems and environments aimed at creating an environment where diverse human resources can work easily and display their maximum performance.

Introduction of telecommunicating, staggered commuting, and a “self biz” dress code

In 2020, Casio introduced telecommuting, staggered commuting, and a “self biz” dress code. Staggered commuting times serve to improve employees’ work-life balance to ensure they can concentrate on their work and maximize their performance. With the newly adopted “self biz” approach, dress code guidelines have been unified as well, giving employees the freedom to select the attire they feel is appropriate for the time, place, and occasion.

Introduction of sideline business and dual employment

Starting in March 2020, a system allowing sideline business and dual employment was introduced as a flexible approach to diverse ways of working. Restrictions on sideline business pursuits such as subcontracting arrangements or sole proprietorships outside working hours have been lifted for all employees, and dual employment with other companies for up to two days per week has been approved for employees over 50. The system is intended to improve employees’ skills, increase their autonomy/independence, and expand opportunities for them to flourish.

Helping employees balance work and parenting

Casio has introduced programs that enable employees under restrictions caused by parenting to feel at ease and to demonstrate their full potential on the job. The company has developed programs that help employees balance work and parenting, such as a shorter working hours system for childcare.

Childcare and leave programs (Casio Computer Co., Ltd.)

│Helping employees balance work and family nursing care

Problems with family nursing care can happen to anyone and come about unexpectedly.

Casio has made efforts to enhance its systems to support family nursing care so that the company can provide as much help as possible to balance the needs of work and family nursing care and employees can provide family nursing care without their work performance suffering, thereby avoiding leaving the company due to family nursing care.

One such program is the Nursing Concierge Desk. This consultation desk assists people who require nursing care and offers a place where employees that do not know who to talk to or where to find the information they need can go for consults and to find solutions. Many nursing issues cannot be solved with a single consult and require a long-term response. This service is used by about 50 employees every year.
Primary subjects
・Proxies for nursing care insurance applications
・Referrals to care managers, setting up meetings
・Support for nursing care for parents of employees stationed overseas
・Referrals to nursing service businesses, setting up visits
・Referrals to nursing facilities, arrangements for visits
・Referrals to out-of-pocket services (not covered by nursing insurance)
In addition, Casio has prepared a nursing information site with information both those providing and receiving nursing care need to live in comfort. The site also lists key points about nursing that are useful to know.

Family nursing care seminar
Casio held its fifth family nursing care seminar. Topics included ways remote care has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic’s travel restrictions and ways nursing care has been impacted by the introduction of telecommuting and staggered commuting times in conjunction with workstyle reforms. Participants were offered the opportunity to learn about subjects ranging from an overview of the nursing care insurance system to balancing work and family nursing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. The seminar was held online and had 483 attendees in all.

Family nursing care programs (Casio Computer Co., Ltd.)

Number of employees taking leave related to childcare and family nursing care and uptake rates (Casio Computer Co., Ltd.)

  Number of employees taking leave (figure in parentheses is men)
FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Childcare leave and return program 55(0) 69(2) 67(7) 68(10) 65(10)
Percentage of employees that return to work after taking childcare leave 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Childcare leave and return program 3(2) 5(2) 4(3) 1(1) 1(0)
Shorter working hours system for childcare and nursing care 78(1) 85(0) 92(2) 101(1) 89(1)
Child nursing care leave 15(2) 23(4) 21(2) 20(1) 4(1)
Nursing care leave 4(4) 8(5) 6(5) 9(5) 11(9)

* Childcare leave return-to-work percentage does not include temporary workers

Vacation and leave programs

Program Description
Vacation Day Accumulation The annual paid vacation expires in two years. However, employees can accumulate a maximum of 30 unused vacation days to carry over up to four days per year. The leave days can be used if the employee gets sick or injured, in order to care for a family member, safe motherhood measures, or volunteering
Refresh Leave This program grants five days of leave at the 10-year, 20-year, and 30-year milestones of work.
Leave to accommodate spouse’s overseas assignment This system allows employees to take a leave of up to three years when the individual will accompany his or her spouse on a posting outside Japan.
Infertility treatment leave This system enables employees to take a one-year leave of absence in order to undergo infertility treatment.
Hourly paid leave This system permits employees to take annual paid vacation in hourly increments.
Time off in lieu In the case of overtime or holiday work, this system allows employees to reduce working hours in the days that follow, in 1 minute increments (Extra allowance, such as overtime pay, is also provided accordingly).

Vacation and leave programs

  FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2021
Rate of taking paid vacation 71.1% 72.2% 69.7% 70.4% 59.1%

│Initiatives to Improve Productivity

Casio is working to make dramatic improvements in work and work efficiency company wide, as well as raising productivity and reducing working hours. Improving productivity gives all employees work-life balance and creates an environment in which they can work with energy.

Overtime work and total annual working hours (Casio Computer Co., Ltd.)

  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Overtime hours (monthly average) 18.6 18.5 17.9 17.2 16.0
Total annual working hours 1,917 1,905 1,891 1,869 1,896

*In FY2021, time taken off for all types of vacations decreased, while overall annual working hours increased.

│Communication between Labor and Management

Casio operates on a union-shop basis; as a rule, all employees except for managers are members of the union. Through regular communication between management and the labor union, Casio hopes to raise the awareness of employees about their participation in the management of the company. Casio values close communication between labor and management and maintains a good relationship.

At the core of this labor-management communication is the Group Workers' Labor-Management Conference, which is held four times a year (February, May, September, and November). At these conferences, management and labor, together representing the entire group, exchange opinions about current conditions at the company. Casio is also working toward even smoother operation of human resource systems by holding various regular labor-management talks.

The labor-management agreement stipulates that the revision or elimination of human resource labor related systems is carried out via labor-management discussions. This process is carried out over a sufficient period of time and involves the sharing of issues by both labor and management.

Changes in the proportion of labor union members (Casio Computer Co., Ltd.)

  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
Percentage of all employees 64% 65% 65% 64% 67%
Percentage excluding managerial positions 98% 98% 97% 96% 97%

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