I’d like to address today’s entry mainly to Sumitomo Electric Group people.
In April, Sumitomo Electric launched a new corporate-wide campaign called the Switch Campaign. Sumitomo Electric Group people must already be informed of this campaign, since relevant information was addressed in the announcement on April 1 and published in the in-house newsletter.
The main objectives of this new corporate-wide campaign are to realize a good balance of work and private time and make our workplace environment livelier through effective working hour management.
Sumitomo Electric people are known to work hard, with a strong sense of responsibility. At the same time, it is known that in some workplaces, long overtime hours have become the norm, or it is difficult to take paid holidays. Yet, to remain lively and proactive at work, it is vital to maintain a good balance between work and private time, and to enrich both.
Therefore, the aim of the Switch Campaign is to adopt an efficient mode of working so as to improve the quality of both working and private lives.
More specifically, the Campaign encourages you to work in an efficient, concentrated manner when it’s time to work, and when it’s time to rest, to rest by getting completely away from work. In other words, it is about learning to completely switch on or off - hence the name of the Campaign. The Switch Campaign envisages realizing a working environment in which you can maximize your work efficiency by switching on and off optimally, thereby reducing overtime work, using paid holidays, and promoting self-realization through work and a full private life.
Shortly, under the leadership of each departmental chief, the respective workplaces are expected to devise and carry out measures best suited to their particular situation. Measures can include reexamination of tasks, setting of “no overtime work days” or scheduling of paid holidays, for example. At the corporate-wide level, training programs for time management, improvement of systems aimed at a better balance of work and private time, optimization of personnel placement, and measures for enhancing working efficiency are under consideration.
It would be ideal if such corporate-wide campaigns and action plans, including VISION 2012 in particular, were thoroughly and accurately communicated to all personnel. In reality, unfortunately, it seems that there are some who do not even bother to learn about them, let alone actively participate in them, assuming that they themselves are not concerned. I’d very much like to see total involvement by all.
The Switch Campaign is an extremely important corporate-wide campaign. Let us carry out the Switch Campaign together, keeping in mind that our all-out involvement in this campaign will help us live and work in good spirits, and with a stronger sense of security. Conducting this campaign successfully will also reinforce our corporate constitution and culture that are conducive to positive results, enabling us to realize VISION 2012 and our goal of becoming a “Glorious Excellent Company.”