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Human Resource Development and Training
Viewing people as its greatest management resource, NEC has been investing in them by transforming systems and improving environments in ways that maximize the capabilities of the Company’s personnel and organization.
HR Policy “NEC, for Those Who Seek Challenge”
To be “Employer of Choice” that is always the preferred option not only of markets and customers but also of workers, we have been reforming our workplace environment and culture. The aim of these efforts is to ensure that each employee has a range of opportunities to take on challenges and grow and receives fair evaluations. Moreover, we are creating an atmosphere in which proactive employees can shine. The aforementioned reform initiatives are based on our Human Resources (HR) Policy “NEC, for Those Who Seek Challenge,” established in 2019.
HR Policy “NEC, for Those Who Seek Challenge”
The foundation of the reforms that take place within this workplace environment and culture is the NEC Way, which outlines the NEC Group’s Purpose and Code of Values. We have defined our Purpose as the creation of the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. With our sights set on realizing this Purpose, we are developing our organizational climate and culture while fostering personnel who have the passion and ambition to create new businesses, the capabilities to take on challenges beyond organizational boundaries, and the perseverance to accomplish initiatives.
Target Employee Engagement Score
Through these reform efforts, we hope to raise the employee engagement score to 50% by fiscal 2026.*1
- *1Based on a survey conducted by the global human resource consulting company Kincentric, a 50% score is in Tier 1, which approximately corresponds to the top 25th percentile of companies globally
With a view to realizing our HR Policy, we are rapidly responding to change and accelerating the establishment of systems that enable the timely assignment of personnel to suitable positions.
Human Resources for Driving Transformation
We are reorganizing the roles of the Human Resources Division, which spearheads the human resource strategies that support business strategies. We have prepared a human resource model and defined the roles and responsibilities of each human resource business partner, shared service, and center of excellence. The center of excellence function plays a leading role in formulating human resource strategies and establishing optimal programs, systems, and policies and works with human resource business partners to implement measures for human resource development and training throughout the Company.
Training System for Heightening Expertise
We are conducting human resource development to strengthen the expertise of our workforce. These efforts are based on the Human Resources Management Committee—a cross-organizational body that plans, implements, and follows up on measures for specific job types, thereby contributing to the improvement of professional skills in the NEC Group.
Human Resource Foundations for One NEC
To realize the HR Policy, the NEC Group must unify its human resource foundations in-house, including those in Japan and abroad. The Company has therefore unified its human resource evaluations by conducting performance development at NEC Group companies as well as at NEC. Performance development encourages growth and changes in behavior by providing feedback that uses a system of nine blocks based on performance and the Code of Values, goal management, and one-on-one meetings between supervisors and their team members.
Measures and Main Fiscal 2022 Activities
|Initiatives to hire new graduates
|In addition to en masse hiring of new graduates as full-time employees, we implement initiatives aimed at acquiring a variety of talent.
|Increase in mid-career hiring
|To assign personnel to appropriate positions in a timely manner, we have conducted a wide-ranging review of the way we utilize human resources. We are hiring more mid-career personnel, who enable us to implement business strategies immediately. This includes the utilization of external human resources. Thanks to our initiatives in this regard, in fiscal 2022 we hired approximately 600 such personnel, which is roughly a 1:1 ratio with new graduate hires, which is helping speed up job-specific human resource management.
|Next-generation leadership development
|① Human resource discovery
|② Training program for the next generation of leaders
|③ Global human resource development
|④ Roundtable with corporate officers
|Development of line managers
|Development of personnel conversant with digital technologies
|Provision of diverse learning opportunities through LinkedIn Learning
|Social Issue Experience Human Resource Development Programs (SENSE)
Stronger Support for Employees’ Independent Career Development
As part of its Human Resources Policy, “NEC, for Those Who Seek Challenge,” NEC established the Career Design Workshop to help employees take greater ownership of and realize their career plans. The workshop is spearheaded by NEC Life Career, Ltd., which was established in October 2020, and was conducted for 3,100 employees ranging from 30 to 50 years old. In addition, we held individual career consultations with over 2,000 employees who applied for the service.
In addition, when employees express interest in the opportunity to try taking on new types of work inside or outside the Group, we provide support to help them get settled and achieve success. As businesses and strategies change and organization functions change accordingly, we work vigorously to provide reskilling programs to organizations that require new functions, in addition to initiatives to increase organizational strength.
Introduction of an AI-enabled Recommendation Service to “NEC Growth Careers” (Employee and Position Matching) System
In the past, our system for matching employees and positions entailed employees reading job descriptions of published vacancies and then applying for positions that interested them. Alternatively, the personnel manager of a department with a vacancy would search published resumes and contact personnel who met the position’s requirements. In fiscal 2021, NEC began using its AI capabilities to generate job candidate recommendations. Specifically, we use machine learning to match the content of resumes with that of published vacancies. As well as giving employees more opportunities to take on challenges and grow and discover potential they did not know they had, the new service helps the personnel managers of departments with vacant positions efficiently select, secure, and assign the most suitable personnel.
Developing Talent in Key Focus Areas
At NEC, we are developing human resources in our key business areas, in order to strengthen the core technologies that contribute to solutions for society, as well as to sustain these technologies and solutions into the future.
Development of Information Security Professionals
|Developing specialists who implement security by design
|Training for taking practical safety measures
|Developing highly skilled cyber security personnel
|Widening our pool of cyber security human resources
- *2Individuals responsible for providing information, project support, and incident response related to cyber security for each business unit
Initiatives Aimed at Heightening Motivation with Respect to Career Development
NEC Corporation has prepared retirement allowances calculated based on a bonus-linked point system and defined contribution pension plans as retirement benefit and pension programs. We have transitioned away from a defined benefit pension plan, which was premised on long-term employment, to focus on our defined contribution plan, so as not to limit the range of career options open to employees, to ensure that new graduate hires and mid-career hires are treated fairly, and to motivate employees to develop long-term careers in a variety of directions, be it inside or outside the Company.
Initiative Outcomes Revealed by the One NEC Survey
Our annual One NEC Survey of employees of NEC Corporation and consolidated Group subsidiaries showed the following improvements in human resource-related scores versus those of fiscal 2021.
- *3According to a survey by Kincentric, a global human resources consulting firm. A score of 50% roughly corresponds to the global top 25th percentile, Tier 1 level.