Improving the Workplace Environment

Idemitsu Lube Middle East & Africa 10th Family Gathering; The Strong Bond Goes Beyond Nationalities

Idemitsu Lube Middle East Africa (ILMEA), which celebrated its 10th anniversary in July 2019, held “Family Gathering” on December 19 to express appreciation to the employees’ family members for their support so that all ILMEA personnel can perform their duties well. This family gathering also provided an opportunity for those who live away from their home country together to deepen their ties, which helps to foster a corporate culture where employees could work in harmony and unleash their true potentials.

ILMEA office is located in Dubai, the key point in East-West trade, and its employees consist of diverse nationalities including Japan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Kenya and South Africa. ILMEA is a role model where “diversity and inclusion” at the workplace touches every aspect of daily business operations. Differences in religion, culture, or eating habits, do exist, but all ILMEA members how to cherish them. It is a business unit with profound mutual respect.

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Cherishing the Spirit of Unity; Electronic Materials Department’s First Global Administration Meeting

Electronic Materials Department, which is expanding its businesses overseas, currently has four subsidiaries; in South Korea (Seoul), China (Shanghai and Chengdu), and Switzerland (Basel). Its employees consist of more than 10 nationalities.

The department felt the need to bring the spirit of unity to all of its subsidiaries, and the first Global Administration Meeting of Electronic Materials Department was born. It was held at Idemitsu’s head office in Marunouchi, Tokyo from November 13 to 15 with the aim to strengthen management functions, exchanging ideas, and sharing issues faced by respective subsidiaries. The meeting was not only attended by overseas staff, but also local staff in Japan.

The participants gave positive comment about the meeting, "We are glad to know colleagues from other countries in charge of the same accounting work." Others said, “I feel we will go in a good direction by knowing each other more”, and “I learned a lot from other subsidiaries in coping with some similar issues”.

Idemitsu will continue to create better work environment by building stronger connections among the overseas subsidiaries and branches.

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Idemitsu Energy Indonesia Family Gathering

All employees and their family members, 26 in total, participated in a family gathering organized by Idemitsu Energy Indonesia on October 26 and 27. This is the 3rd annual family gathering event planned by our local staff themselves, held the city known for its mild temperature and hilly terrain, Bandung, 4-hour drive from the capital city Jakarta.

The employees spent a 1-night 2-day trip in Bandung, sightseeing around the city, and had a lot of fun at dinner full of exciting games. The event was initiated to create better work environment by strengthening the relationship among employees through providing opportunity where employees and their family members can interact and understand each other more.

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Idemitsu Electronic Materials Chengdu and Shanghai Branch Joint Workshop

The workshop on September 19 – 21 in Guilin, Jiangxi Province, China, and a total of 31 persons attended the workshop. This event was organized to allow staff members of the two branches to deepen relationship between them to realize greater electronic materials business expansion in the country. Participants were divided into groups and learned how to manage business more efficiently by making best use of their respective individualities. This workshop helped build up a stronger capacity for integrated actions, and through this capacity, the two branches will strive to establish more powerful development, manufacturing, and marketing systems in China.

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Chiba Complex – Plant Tour for Employees’ Families

On July 31, Chiba Complex organized a family plant tour to familiarize the employees’ family members with the workplace. Twenty participants from eight families gathered at the complex. After a briefing on the complex, the participants visited the fire truck at the Security and Safety Section and took some commemorative photos. They then used natural plants to make strap and whistle, and at the end of the tour, they enjoyed lunch together. It was a special day for the kids as they had chance to know better about their mom’s and dad’s job.

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Idemitsu Unitech Head Office – Office Tour for Children

On July 31, Idemitsu Unitech organized its first office tour for children at its head office. Six children from of four employees who work at the head office joined the tour. The children were introduced some Idemitsu Unitech products and took commemorative photos at the president’s office. Then, they visited their moms and dads’ office, tried to make an appointment by phone, and exchanged business cards with serious expression.

They also had experience talking with Plaloc Asia employees in Thailand (one of Idemitsu Group’s subsidiaries) through web call and asked questions to the local staff in Thai. This allowed them to feel that the company is really developing the business globally.

Although the children were nervous at first, they showed huge interest in their mom’s and dad’s job which they could not usually experience. The event was more exciting than expected, and the head office was fully filled with smiles that day.

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Opportunities for Executives to Know More about Parent Employees

In order to promote Diversity & Inclusion, Human Resources Department is working to establish a system to create an environment in which human resources with different backgrounds can display their abilities to the fullest and contribute to their team, and reward them fairly.

On June 25, as one of the measures to achieve this goal, Idemitsu conducted a seminar for managers whose subordinates are ‘parent employees’*. A total of 110 managers attended the seminar. This event was held to create an environment in which diverse human resources, including employees who were raising children, could demonstrate their abilities to the maximum extent, work with a sense of security, and contribute to their team.

During the first half of the seminar, the lecturer talked about a wide range of subjects, including analysis of the present situation and future of those who juggle a career with childcare; support for employees who are taking or have returned from childcare leave; male employee’s childcare support; understanding of work styles with time restriction; and important points for managers who whose subordinates are raising children. The second half consisted of group work, and each group took problems that tend to arise from handling a career and childcare as examples and discussed how people in managerial position should strive to solve such problems.

One of the participants commented, “I realized the importance of not only providing opportunities to take on new challenges for my new subordinates, but also understanding better their respective situations, desires for career development, and work style, as well as paying more attention to whether they are able to go for certain business trip or to do overtime work or not. Another participant said, “I feel that it is necessary to create an environment in which not only employees who raise children but also all employees can work easily.”

  • * Employees who recently returned from childcare leave or just became parent.
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Hatto Café Workshop by Young Employees of Retail Marketing Department

On June 28, 30 young employees from the Retail Marketing Department held the Hatto Café workshop. The name “Hatto Café” was coined by combining “hatto” from ApolloHat and Pizza Hut, which have their outlets at Idemitsu’s and Showa Shell’s brand service stations. Into this name, the employees put their wishes to notice new ideas related to corporate internal improvement and business expansion of the newly integrated company; Idemitsu - Showa Shell, during the workshop. The event livened up as the participants exchanged their opinions on how they feel about the integration of the two companies and how they want to develop the company in the future.

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Task Team Formed to Reform Work Style at Manufacturing Sites

On May 20, Manufacturing & Technology Department launched a task team to reform the work style at manufacturing sites. The task team focuses on five pillars of reform, including work style diversity, intensive daytime work reform, and workload reduction. It is expected to take effect immediately.

The task team will strive to create a better manufacturing site working environment as well as making the employees feel that their job is rewarding and enhance their competitiveness in order to ensure the company’s sustainable development.

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出光昭和シェル, DFF Inc.