Health and Productivity Management
We believe that ensuring the physical and mental health of each employee will lead to increasing corporate value. Therefore, we have been working to establish systems and create workplace environments that allow employees to work without worrying about their health. In October 2017, we published our Health Declaration and began promoting health management. We also started offering new healthcare technologies and services created by Shimadzu to employees.
The health and safety of each employee and their ability to work positively and with vitality serve as the basis for achieving Shimadzu Corporation's management principle "Realizing Our Wishes for the Well-being of both Mankind and the Earth". Accordingly, we declare that we will strive toward realizing our wishes for health.
1. Ensuring Health
We will be highly mindful of our health and engage in independently maintaining our own health. In addition, together with our colleagues we will endeavor to create a secure, safe, and comfortable workplace.
2. Sustaining Businesses Through Health
We will uphold the company spirit of promoting employee health, which has continued since the company was founded in 1875. In addition, by supplying leading-edge scientific technologies and services, we will help ensure the health of employees and society and promote the growth and prosperity of our businesses.
3. Contributing to Future of Society Through Health
We will grow together with society and strive to help create a prosperous future for mankind based on ensuring the health of our employees and their families, who are at the core of our business operations, and based on our corporate philosophy "Contributing to Society through Science and Technology".
Preparing the Health Guide "Mind and Body Health Book"
Including topics on exercise, diet, and sleep, the health guide was prepared in March 2018 to help employees improve their health on their own by reviewing their daily routines to prevent lifestyle diseases or improve their life habits. It will be distributed to all Shimadzu Group employees in an effort to promote awareness about health.
"Mind and Body Health Book"
Introducing KenCoM Health Web Service
The KenCoM health web service was introduced to increase mindfulness about health and instill healthy habits in each employee. With the KenCoM service, users can record step-counts and weight, participate in health events, view health exam results and medication histories, and more. It supports user health improvement efforts by issuing points, which can be exchanged for gift certificates or products, for health event participation or actions that result in lifestyle improvements, while also making participation fun for individuals.
At the end of March 2020, the enrollment rate was 78%.
Subsidizing Breast Cancer Examination Expenses with Elmammo Avant Class Dedicated Breast PET System
In cooperation with Medical Corporation Chionkai, we established a system for subsidizing the cost of obtaining a breast cancer examination using a Shimadzu Elmammo Avant Class dedicated breast PET system. The subsidy system was established to promote the early detection and early treatment of breast cancer by increasing the ratio of women receiving breast exams. Female employees or spouses of male
Elmammo Avant Class
Dedicated Breast PET System
Recognized as "White 500" Company with Superior Health Management
For the third consecutive year (2017 to 2020), Shimadzu Corporation was selected as a "White 500" company (large enterprise category) under the "2020 Certified Health & Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program-White 500," which is operated jointly by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Nippon Kenko Kaigi since 2017 to recognize companies with outstanding health management practices for maintaining and improving employee health.
Mil – Mil – Genki Exercise
Original Exercise "KEEP Fit!"
You can easily stretch your body anytime during work, business trip or at home. Just like eating and sleeping, it is a habit in daily life, and we made an original exercise for the purpose of keeping it comfortable and enjoyable. This exercise consists of three patterns: upper body, lower body, and eyes. Some departments do it every morning to wake the body from the inside and make the day comfortable.
【Effect of exercise】
- Improving concentration by balancing autonomic nerves
- Suppression of fatigue by improving basic physical strength
- Disease prevention through improved defense capability
- Preventing occupational accidents by softening muscles and joints
Implementation of health promotion events
Every Wednesday is designated as "Healthcare Day※" and various events are held to maintain and improve health after work. From September to November, as part of our health promotion activities, we work hard at physical activity events such as physical fitness meetings and yoga.
Shimadzu launched a “No Overtime Day” initiative in 1992 to encourage employees to leave work on time once a week. Since January 2017, the number of days covered has been expanded to 3 days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The name of the day on which employees leave the office on time has been changed to "refresh day". This name reflects the way they use and spend their time after leaving the office. This change has been used to promote the health of employees and improve their abilities.
- the day on which employees leave the office on time (No Overtime day): “Refresh Day”
- Monday: Skill up Day
- Wednesday: Healthcare Day
- Friday: Communication Day
We sponsor the Kyoto Marathon with runners from the Shimazu Group. At the marathon held in February 2020, we received training from professional coach, and on the day of the marathon, 14 runners participated in the Kyoto Marathon with a sense of unity. To improve health literacy, we also held seminars with professional coaches on the themes of "trunk exercise" and "extension of healthy life expectancy" and provided guidance to employees who did not participate in the marathon.
Tennis lessons held by SHIMADZU tennis team
SHIMADZU Tennis Team "SHIMADZU Breakers" holds tennis lessons for employees, their families, and local children. The fun of tennis is communicated through technical guidance and interaction by players who hold world rankings.
Blood Drive Activities
The Shimadzu Blood Donation Committee holds a blood drive at Sanjo Works twice a year (spring and fall). The 84/85th blood drive held in 2019 resulted in cooperation from 360 people.
Number of Blood Drive Participants
Activities to Reduce Smoking
Shimazu Group aims for total non-smoking and less than 10% smoking rate in 2025!
Since the declaration of health in October 2017, the passive smoking prevention project was launched in April 2018 from the viewpoints of (1) securing a healthy labor force, (2) improving productivity, (3) improving employee morale, and (4) improving employee health literacy.
In March 2020, with the exception of some branches, all business sites abolished indoor smoking areas. Since April 2020, smoking has been prohibited during working hours (except for lunch break).
In addition to efforts to prevent passive smoking, efforts are being made to promote smoking cessation, such as sending PURE AIR communications and distributing free nicotine gum patches.
Graph of Smoking Rates
Health x Dining Collaboration to Improve Dietary Habits and Breakfast Project
The Dietary Improvement Project was launched in April 2019. The first year was to motivate people to improve their eating habits, and in collaboration with the cafeteria, registered dietitian arranged a recipe devised by the employee and provided them to employees.
In the 2nd phase, Eating the NARO Style Bento developed by the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization was conducted for 12 weeks. 15 employees took part in this activity and 13 employees completed it. The average weight loss was -1.6 kg.
From FY 2020, we will implement measures for breakfast intake and the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases, aiming at the establishment of dietary improvements.