June 17, 2016,14:00 +0900(JST) Endless Efforts
I attended the President's Awards ceremony for Improvement Proposals.
Designed to encourage employees to improve their daily operations by demonstrating originality and ingenuity as teams or individuals, the awards are given after a screening process to those who have implemented activities that have contributed to invigorating their workplaces.
In FY 2015, of approximately 50,000 submitted proposals, six themes that had survived the screening in each workplace and region were selected for the President's Awards.
Although recipients looked nervous at the award ceremony, they seemed relaxed at the subsequent party, where I was able to listen to each of them talk about some clues to the improvements they had made, as well as ingenuity they had demonstrated and troubles they had encountered.
What is the key in improvement activities is to work on operations always with awareness of problems, such as "Are there any ways to spend less time and effort and to enhance efficiency?" and "Are there any ways to reduce defects?" It is also important to have the capabilities and strong determination to carry through until the problem is solved.
I hope that the recipients will continue being leaders in their workplaces, foster those who will follow their lead, and demonstrate their capabilities in invigorating their workplaces.