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[Newsletter "SEI WORLD" Vol.437]

In the Streets under a Wintry Sky

Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

Nowadays, I often see many young people in the streets who seem to be busy job hunting. Seeing them nervously checking their smartphones and signboards on buildings to get to their destinations, I remember the days when I was first starting my business career. Thanks to the spread of information technologies, students today can obtain far much more information than before. However, this does not mean that they know everything. I feel that there is perhaps no change in terms of the uneasiness that young people might have when diving into a new environment to start their career.

Students today visit many companies before finally deciding on one that they would like to work for. I hear that in this process, many students focus on the companies’ corporate climate. At a company information session, students can contact a wide variety of the company’s staff members. I guess that taking such an opportunity, students sense a kind of “color” and “smell” common to those workers, and take note of the company’s characteristic points that they could never know through just textual information. This characteristic can be also called the company’s “culture.”

The culture of an organization is very powerful. Since various decisions are made based on that culture, it acts as a strong drive for moving businesses forward, when things are going well. On the other hand, culture can also have a negative aspect. When things are not going well, a company’s culture can be a hindrance in generating new ideas, sometimes preventing the company from finding a way out of their swamp. Now that unforeseeable change occurs everywhere in the world, there might be cases where problems cannot be resolved through an organizational culture nurtured only through past experiences. If a company wants to secure sustainable growth in the future, I believe that it is essential to implement personnel changes and organizational reforms continuously, thereby raising the level of diversity in the field of human resources. An organization should never be satisfied with its current culture. It is important to always stimulate organizations and promote “creative destruction.”

I guess that many of the young people heading for company information sessions today under the wintry sky will eventually join an organization. When that happens, what color will they assume? Or, will they change the colors of their organizations? Anyway, a company needs to prepare to provide opportunities so that excellent human resources can demonstrate their capabilities to the fullest possible extent.


Masayoshi Matsumoto President & CEO

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