Aisin Seiki Co. Abolishes Low Priority Meetings and Dress Codes to Increase Employee Satisfaction

The Japanese are regarded worldwide as among the most hardworking people across the globe. They are known for their professionalism and dedication to their job. Last month, with the initiative of Microsoft Japan, they started to cut off the number of work days in a week to four and minimize as much as possible the conduct of meetings after office hours. These new work practices are aimed to promote work life balance and eventually boost work productivity among Japanese employees and workers.


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Recently, Aisin Seiki Co., a part of the well known Toyota group car parts manufacturer has also shown support over the said changes and work style reform started by Microsoft. The car company which is based in Kariya, Aichi Prefecture announced its plan to abolish some strict dress codes as well as low priority meetings so as to allow their employees more independence and freedom to come up with their own style and ideas.


Instead of conducting meetings with regard to topics that are not really that urgent for the operations of their business, the firm asked three hundred of their employees to simply send emails to their officemates at the start and end of the day to report about their schedule. In addition, the company encourages the workers from each committee to share some insights about their private lives to promote open communication in the workplace.


According to Tomohisa Murase, the human resources head of Aisin Seiki Co., “It doesn’t have to be much. But if they can share among their team members something to talk about, then it might strike up further conversation and make it easier for them to consult on issues related to work, too.”


Furthermore, the company preferred teleconferences with their employees rather than asking them to personally attend low priority meetings as one of the steps to increase their job satisfaction.


Reference: Toyota group member Aisin Seiki cuts low-priority meetings, reducing work hours as a result


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