December 24, 2008,16:04 +0900(JST) Sumitomo Electric Group Sporting Associations Meeting
Recently we held the Sumitomo Electric Group Sporting Associations Meeting, gathering together the managers of Sumitomo Electric Group’s major sporting associations. Eleven managers, representing associations of such sports as track and field, which I particularly love, baseball, volleyball, tennis and football came from Osaka, Itami, Yokohama, Tokyo and Tochigi where the Group’s main offices and works are located.
I sincerely hope that people at Sumitomo Electric make the most of the Company not only as their workplace but also as a place providing opportunities for sports and other leisure activities for their full self-realization. I believe that engaging in company-based associative activities after work can enhance interpersonal communication, which in turn leads to smoother daily work duties. I also believe that a person’s general sense of happiness and satisfaction can result in better performance at work.
The eleven managers shared with me their associations’ goals, problems they encounter in their activities, what they expected from the Company and so forth. It was a precious opportunity for me to learn firsthand what their daily circumstances were like, including those of the nine-man volleyball club, aiming to be Japan’s best, as I introduced to you in this blog; the track and field club, which had the opportunity to get coached by Mr. Koji Ito on several occasions this year and is expected to do better in the future; and other associations that actively take part in competitions despite their small membership. We were able to directly exchange opinions on their problems, such as training environment (grounds and gymnasiums), members’ reinforcement, and lack of trainers. I hope that it was as significant a meeting for the managers as it was for me.
Many Sumitomo Electric employees lead quite busy lives, juggling work, family life, community life and associative life, using up their after-hour free time and weekends. Still, I think it’s best to be able to do all you want to do in life.
I’d like to do all I can to support the associations’ activities. In return, I expect the managers and athletes to do their best, continuing to improve their skills and techniques and earnestly practicing for great results in competitions.