Under the concept of normalization, Nissui is engaged in initiatives to realize a working environment in which all employees regardless of whether they have or do not have disabilities work together and demonstrate their capabilities. Currently, employees with various “physical,” “intellectual” and “mental” disabilities are taking active part in each work place. Employees with Psychiatric Social Worker qualifications have been assigned to the Human Resources Department, creating an environment in which persons with disabilities can work with a peace of mind.
The plants directly operated by Nissui accept students from the local special needs schools for work experience. The program offers students hands-on experience of the joys and rigors of working and subsequently allows them to build an image of what it is like to work. Some participants became interested in Nissui and have actually joined us.
Additionally, Nissui holds periodic seminars for its employees to deepen their understanding of persons with disabilities, aiming to create a “pleasant and inclusive working environment.”
Trends in the Employment of Persons with Disabilities
Amid the growing demand for stable employment opportunities for the elderly, Nissui is reemploying workers who are willing to work at Nissui after retirement. Their responsibilities are reviewed at the time of rehiring and at contract renewal by taking into account the skills, aptitude and work experience, among others, and commensurate compensation is also arranged.
Nissui continues to provide an environment where senior citizens with experience and superior skills acquired over the years play an active part.
At Nissui, 75% of the retirees in fiscal 2018 chose reemployment and are remaining active. (Excluding employees promoted to corporate officers and transfers within the Group)
Employees who speak various languages including Spanish work at the Hachioji General Plant, which manufactures foods. Bulletins in a number of languages, mainly English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese are prepared and an environment is in place that facilitates work and other aspects of life.
Twice a year at the Hachioji General Plant, outside interpreters are hired and special safety seminars are held including labor safety training and disaster prevention training in three languages (including English, Spanish and Portuguese). The seminars are held during the employees’ working hours, for a period of 3 days, 4 to 5 times each day. For a relatively small number of employees who speak languages that are not covered by these seminars, original materials are prepared.
Additionally, disaster prevention manuals are outsourced to translation companies and prepared in multiple languages for foreign employees. The plant prepares its employees for any number of emergencies that could happen in the future by describing the basic actions to be taken in the event of earthquakes and other natural disasters.