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Health-related initiatives

Social background

With the ongoing increase in national health cover fees and decline in productive population, the health maintenance of employees can be interpreted from a company management perspective, and an increasing number of companies are incorporating the strategic concept of “healthy companies.”
Maintaining and promoting the health of our employees are preconditions for appropriation of medical expenses, improved productivity and the sustainable growth of our company. Companies are expected to “invest” the necessary capital for the sake of the future and proactively engage in health promotion and illness prevention for its employees.

Health declaration

We believe that the health of our employees and their families are of the utmost importance. Physical and mental health enables a happy and prosperous life.
You can also contribute to enriching society by working healthily.
JTEKT Group is committed to help employees and their families’ health promotion and disease prevention, and strives to create a workplace where you can practice “health first.”
October , 2018
Agata Tetsuo,
President of JTEKT Corporation

Certified as a Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (Large-scale Company Category White 500) 2019 for three consecutive years

The Health & Productivity Management Outstanding Organization Program awards companies with particularly excellent health management practice in accordance with initiatives suited to regional health issues and initiatives related to health promotion engaged in by Nippon Kenko Kaigi.
JTEKT proactively engages in initiatives to promote the healthy minds and bodies of our employees and our activities were acknowledged and JTEKT was certified on February 21 2019 as an Excellent Health and Productivity Management Company (White 500) for a consecutive three years.

Health and Productivity Management Outstanding Organization (Large-scale Company Category White 500)

Main activities FY2018

[ Achieving mental health ]

Promote mental health measures continuously

JTEKT steadily promotes mental health measures which focus on preventing depression and other mental illnesses, however in FY2018, there was an increase in the number of employees in their fifties, while there was an decrease in their twenties, taking time off work for the first time. For people in their twenties and thirties, we realized that there were many cases in which employees in plant technician jobs fell ill and there were many problems caused by personal factors (communication, ability to deal with stress) as well as interpersonal relationships with colleagues. With consideration toward these results, JTEKT conducted mental health training for plant supervisors in order to achieve early detection and response to any irregular behavior displayed by their staff members, as well as communication skill training for employees in their twenties. Consequently, the number of mental ill occurrences in twenties dropped.

Implementation of stress checks

JTEKT conducts stress checks so that employees may be aware of their own stress levels and know their level of psychological burden. People found to have high stress levels have the option of receiving face-to-face counseling if they require it. Of the employees found to have high stress levels, 116 requested to speak with a welfare worker before seeking medical advice from a doctor, while 1 employee requested to medical advice from a doctor immediately. Of the reasons for high stress, the highest at 64 percent was work conditions and interpersonal relationships in their workplace, followed by 36 percent stating their personal factors such as individual ability to handle stress and their family issues, etc. JTEKT believes that improving interpersonal relationships in the workplace and leveling workload are important factors to improve their mental health.

Workplace improvement activities based on stress check results

With the aim of employees gaining an awareness of their own workplace stress levels so they may help improve their workplace environments, results of stress checks are compiled in a Stress Check Feedback Sheet and reported to the division head. Moreover, to the four workplaces with particularly high stress levels, workplace improvement activity based on action plan sheet has been conducted.

Workplace Management Support

After stress checks, visit the workplace with high stress levels and analyze the cause of the stress with the division head, and find the countermeasures to reduce stress.

Transition of average stress levels / High-stress individual ratio yearly transition / Number of work absences due to mental disorders / No. of new people taking time off work and reason by age / Stress check results

Mental health training

JTEKT provided mental health training as part of the rank-based training targeting newly-appointed managers and supervisors. Mental health training comprised of the following components; understanding and dealing with mental disorders, anger management, how to listen to others, how to cope with personal stress, assertion and so on. Moreover, in FY2018, JTEKT offered the following training and education programs; training to improve communication skills and mental health education for plant supervisors and managers and above.

Health Day and “One word from each person" activity

JTEKT has established a "Health Day" each month in order to enhance employee awareness and interest in health.
On Each Health Day, a theme suited to the season and company events is raised and the health-related materials are circulated. Moreover, as part of making workplace with open atmosphere, JTEKT has been promoting the activity where everyone gives a few remarks according to a monthly theme during morning or afternoon workplace. The aim of this activity is to create an opportunity to share each other's feelings and to speak directly with one another in order to vitalize workplace communication.

Health Day

Support for employees taking time off work due to mental disorders in returning to work

JTEKT supports the return of employees taking off work due to mental disorders, based on the Guidelines by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. Our return to work support program focuses on reoccurrence prevention and cooperates with external organizations such as vocational centers for persons with disabilities. The reoccurrence rate dropped from 0.34 percent in FY2009 to 0.27 percent in FY2018.

Measures against overwork

JTEKT provide doctors' interview instruction for long-term workers health management.
During the interview, an industrial physician checks the employee’s degree of fatigue and work situation. Employees diagnosed to have accumulated fatigue are given guidance on overtime work restrictions for the next month and on lifestyle.

Awareness activities

There is a high possibility that excessive work may lead to cerebral vascular disturbance and ischemic heart disease. As such, JTEKT took into account the health risks related to working long hours and engaged in awareness activities which emphasize points to observe concerning “correction of frequent overtime, working weekends, and non-stop working stretches” and “as- sessing and controlling work time”. As a result, we were able to reduce the number of employees in managerial positions who received long-hour worker health checkups in FY2017. However, unfortunately the number of general employees who received the long-hour worker health checkup rose. In FY2018, we will continue engaging in activities to make duties more efficient and improve management methods of equalization countermeasures and long hour workplaces.

Transition of number of employees receiving checkup for working long hours

Managers Staff
FY2014 3,004
(Average:250/month)
2,312
(Average:193/month)
FY2015 4,451
(Average:371/month)
1,854
(Average:155/month)
FY2016 2,408
(Average:201/month)
2,088
(Average:174/month)
FY2017 2,246
(Average:187/month)
2,060
(Average:171/month)
FY2018 2,301
(Average:192/month)
2,095
(Average:175/month)

* Health checks for employees who work long hours apply to employees who have worked over 45 hours of overtime a week for 3 months consecutively, including management and general employees as well as employees who have worked over 70 hours of overtime in a single month.

[ Achieving physical health ]

Reducing the risk of lifestyle disease

Beginning with lifestyle-related diseases, we focus on the prevention, early detection and early treatment of illnesses, and actively support the health management of our employees. With BMI( *)as one index to measure the risk of contracting a lifestyle disease, JTEKT established the goal of reducing the percentage of employees with a BMI of 25 or higher (excluding fixed-term employees) to 20% or less and are engaging in various activities towards achieving this.

* BMI BMI is calculated by dividing body weight (kg) by height (m) squared. The Japan Society for the Study of Obesity (JASSO) stipulates that people with BMI of 25 or higher are obese.

Percentage of employees with BMI 25 or higher

Percentage of employees with BMI 25 or higher

Specific health guidance

The program that JTEKT began in 2008 for specific health checkups and healthcare guidance is gradually being established. JTEKT is taking aggressive actions towards eradicating metabolic syndrome. In FY2018, the participation ratio in the specific healthcare initial guidance was 94.5%, and the percentage of achieving their goal was 15%. Results of evaluations conducted after six months from the guidance showed that 110 employees (14.5%) had reduced their abdominal girth by 3 cm or more, which was improved 5.5% in comparison with the previous year. However, there were 193 employees (25.5%) whose abdominal girth increased by 3 cm or more, which was improved 4.4% in comparison with the previous year, and indicating that the amount of activity that they engage in on a daily basis dropped significantly due to changes in work content. In health guidance, JTEKT primarily provided explanations on how to improve dietary habits however from next financial year, we would like to give the guidance to focus on how to promote daily routine exercise and ideas to increase daily activity amounts.

Increase/reduction in abdominal girth of participants in specific health checkups and healthcare guidance six months after start (the number of people who completed 6 months period)(total no. of participants:755)

Increase/reduction in abdominal girth of participants in specific health checkups and healthcare guidance six months after start

Quit Smoking campaign

JTEKT has continuously promoted a Quit Smoking Challenge as an activity to provide those employees who express a wish to quit smoking with full support from medical professionals. This activity aims at reducing the number of smokers working for JTEKT to 32 percent or less by the year 2020.

Employee's smoker rate (yearly transition)

Employee's smoker rate (yearly transition)

In FY2018, we conducted a survey to assess the awareness level towards quitting smoking and the percentage of smokers interested in quitting smoking was 40.2 percent. Based on these results, we conducted the Quit Smoking Challenge for smokers interested in quitting smoking and 53 of the 85 participants (62.4 percent) successfully quit smoking. In FY2018, we implemented measures not simply focus on the individual smoker but also simultaneously take approaches to smoking environments/workplaces such as expansion of non-smoking area and setting smoking hours so that the percentage of smokers may fall and in order to prevent secondhand smoke.

Overnight stay-based health guidance (Smart Life Stay)

Continued from FY2017, JTEKT held the overnight stay-based health guidance in FY2018 at Kaminoyama city, Yamagata, for two nights and three days. This was held twice, once in September and once in October. Health awareness of the 20 employees who participated in was significantly improved and they are making ongoing improvements of their lifestyles.

Data health plan

As the collaborative initiatives with JTEKT health insurance association, JTEKT takes actions to address the issues through the data analysis of medical diagnosis, and promotes the prevention of disease and health management. In 2018FY, the action was to provide the young employees of currently metabolic with the health care guidance called "Health Dojo". In addition, we recommended each workplace to use the lifestyle charts and health reports that calculated the health age for employees to ascertain health risk and encouraged them to take medical checkup.

Walking campaign

JTEKT started the walking campaign to aim the employees' forming exercise habit from 2014FY. And, this year was the seventh event. The target is to walk 10 thousands steps a day, and each participant endeavors to reach the goal, which is to walk out the distance of the connecting routes among the office locations. The number of the participants of the sixth event was 4,553, and that of the seventh event was 5,045. And, year by year, the number of the participants has been increasing.
JTEKT has taken the following actions to increase the number of the participants. They were such as; in the Safety and Health committee, the division heads called the employees to join the campaign, putting the poster calling to join on bulletin board, and/or recognizing the excellent participants by giving the office-unique prizes. Many employees could restore their health, being triggered by participating in the campaign. And, according to the survey afterwards, a lot of employees are saying "I would like to participate in the campaign next time, too.".

Shift in walking campaign participant no.

Shift in walking campaign participant no.

About correspondence of infectious diseases

JTEKT takes the following measures based on Infectious Diseases Control Law, when infectious diseases, such as H1N1 influenza, tuberculosis, measles, and/or rubella, are developed.

1. H1N1 influenza(Highly pathogenic)
  • Measures to the expatriate and their family living in the areas where there is the outbreak of H1N1 -> Distribute Relenza and/or Infection prevention equipment
  • Measures in Japan -> Store Infection prevention equipment and take enlightment actions
2. Tuberculosis
  • Following the instruction by the administrative healthcare center, extract susceptible persons by performing health examination to the people that may have contact history with tuberculosis patients
  • Identify the group having possibility of infection spread, assess the risk of spread, and consider and conduct the countermeasures
3. Measles etc
  • Extract the susceptible person rapidly from the people that may have contact history with patients
  • Take the appropriate measures to prevent infection such as vaccination efficacious against measles

At the time when seasonal influenza is prevalent, JTEKT gathers the information of sideration condition on the entire company basis, and share the information of date of onset, type of virus with each office to prevent the infection spread.