Work Style

Work styles attuned to people's diverse
and individual capabilities

An era has come where co-creation with people having diverse backgrounds makes countries, regions, and organizations stronger. Eventually the time will come when people will work without boundaries of generation, gender, nation, and organization, and even cooperate with AI and robots.
Through ICT, NEC will design diverse ways of working to create high-quality work and employment.

AI and IoT are transforming work styles

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and robots have given rise to dramatic improvements in productivity as robots and AI take over work traditionally done by people. In a paper entitled “The Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerisation?”, Professor Michael Osborne of the University of Oxford pointed out that around 47 percent of total US employment may be automated over the next decade or two. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) also announced an estimation* that by 2030, more than 4 million people will have shifted to the services industry, in which higher value can be obtained through direct handling by humans, or to core activities for creating new businesses. In this future, people will primarily be engaged in work that allows them to make full use of their areas of speciality or individuality or in activities that lead to new business generation.
At the same time, advances in information and communications technologies (ICT) will eliminate restrictions in space, time and movement. This will contribute to a more diverse society in which everyone, including people who live in rural areas or overseas, people who face time constraints due to childcare or nursing commitments, and people with disabilities can work to their full potential.

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    Source: “New Industrial Structure Vision”

Leveraging ICT to create new value for both workers and businesses

ICT also empowers individuals. It enables work styles that reflect people’s sense of values so that someone who wants to start a new business using AI, source international experts for a project, or make a prototype quickly using a 3D printer can easily do so.
Enhancing the fluidity of work by crossing the boundaries of enterprises and organizations will open up more ways of working.
This kind of society needs new platforms to support the work styles of individuals and also to connect working people with growth-seeking enterprises. NEC is leveraging its ICT assets to create a society where every person can work with energy and enthusiasm through initiatives such as a human resources “matching platform” that uses AI to flexibly connect people and enterprises based on more than the traditional criteria of qualifications, skills and track record.

NEC initiatives for the future

NEC is working towards the realization of next-generation work styles where each and every individual can exert his or her individuality and capabilities.

“Matching platform” that favors both employers and job seekers

NEC’s Human Resources Matching solution carries out real-time matching of suitable human resources by learning job-information and job-seeker patterns from massive and diverse human resource data, including numeric data, as well as text and image data. Sophisticated analysis and decisions conventionally performed by data scientists are carried out through advanced deep learning technologies developed by NEC. This enables finding the best combination that satisfies the requirements and needs of both employers and job seekers, contributing to improvement of employment success rates and streamlining of recruitment processes.

“Work style innovation for 100,000 workers”
Aiming for reforming and optimizing operations across the entire NEC Group

Starting in fiscal 2016, the coverage of NEC’s business transformation project, initially targeted for human resources, accounting, and procurement divisions, is being expanded to include subsidiaries inside and outside Japan. In addition to methods for quantitatively measuring and assessing the results of reforms, AI is being used in extracting problems and sharing knowledge gained.
Further, through initiatives aimed at reducing operation man-hours and achieving paperless workflows while leveraging workplace knowhow, NEC will fast-track work style innovation for the 100,000-strong workforce of its Headquarters and Group companies.

Reading NEC Vision Book 2017

More information about NEC's vision for social value creation and the steps we are taking to achieve this vision can be found in NEC's Vision Books.