Creating a Health-Conscious Workplace
As a company, Tokuyama is working as a united team with its employees to realize its Mission and its goal of “transitioning toward a robust business structure that is resilient against changes. ”
To achieve these aims, we understand that it is of the utmost importance to create a workplace environment where employees find it comfortable to work, and to endeavor to support and foster the mental and physical health of employees and their families.
It was based on this concept that the Health Management Declaration was announced on October 1, 2020.
Health Management Declaration
|Tokuyama is committed to health management with the aim of improving the mental and physical health of employees and their families and creating a workplace where it is comfortable to work.|
Representative Director, President and Executive Officer
- We place the highest priority on the physical and mental health of our employees and their families, and we actively strive to ensure primary prevention (preventing the occurrence of illness or infirmity). Among our efforts, we are prioritizing initiatives to address the issue of smoking, which is known to have very severe health impacts.
- In cooperation with the Tokuyama Health Insurance Association, we actively support and foster the mental and physical health of our employees and their families.
- We are actively involved in educational initiatives to raise employees’ awareness about their own health and in providing guidance for health maintenance and promotion.
- Outcomes of various initiatives are verified and continuous improvements made.
Health management organizational structure
In accordance with the policy determined by the Health Promotion Committee and under the leadership of the Representative Director, President and Executive Officer, who is also responsible for overall health management, the Health Management Center of the General Affairs & Human Resources Division is working to promote health management in cooperation with industrial physicians and the Tokuyama Health Insurance Association.
The Health Promotion Committee is chaired by the Executive Officer and General Manager of the General Affairs & Human Resources Division, who is responsible for health management. The committee formulates plans and targets for the company’s health management policy, based on the advice of dedicated industrial physicians. The committee also receives reports on the implementation and verified outcomes of measures promoted by various organizations in accordance with these plans, summarizes them, and reports the results to the committee chair.
Health management initiatives
Tokuyama has a company-wide health management basic plan designed to foster employees’ mental and physical health and promote measures against lifestyle diseases. The plan has the goals of raising individual health awareness, keeping the rate of findings on health checkups at 44% or less, and reducing the rate of leave taken due to health problems . The Company is taking various actions including such priority initiatives as the Smart Life Program, health guidance and fighting lifestyle diseases, and promoting mental health care.
*In March 2020, Tokuyama was recognized in Japan as a 2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization (large enterprise category).
■ Promoting the Smart Life Program
The Smart Life Program is tackling lifestyle diseases by encouraging employees to keep records of their weight, number of steps walked, and blood pressure on the personal health portal site My Health Web. It also offers anti-smoking help such as raising awareness about the harmfulness of smoking, reducing indoor smoking areas and tobacco vending machines, and encouraging “no smoking day” during working hours on the 22nd of every month.
■ Offering health guidance and fighting lifestyle diseases
Working with the Health Insurance Association, Tokuyama provides specific health guidance to employees through in-person interviews and via emails. As a result, the 2020 health checkup showed an improvement in 44% of those who had received health guidance in the previous year. The Company will continue to conduct regular health checkups and specific health checkups and ensure that thorough health guidance is provided by industrial health staff and also via the medium of onsite health education (mini-classes in the workplace).
■ Promoting mental health care
Tokuyama aims for early detection and response to mental health issues by giving occupational stress tests to all employees, reaching out to and interviewing people with high levels of stress, and offering enhanced consultation services, including with external providers. In addition, at the various manufacturing divisions of the Tokuyama Factory, various initiatives are being taken to improve the work environment through stress reduction and self-care education and utilizing the results of group analysis. During 2019 a total of 21 mental health training sessions were held, which were attended by 485 people, or 59% of those invited to attend.