Health management

Health management declaration

Through business, the Group takes efforts to become a “change agent group” that brings positive change to individuals and organizations as a mission (our purpose). In order to achieve this, we believe that it is essential to create a workplace environment where employees are healthy in mind and body and can maximize their own abilities. WILL GROUP declares that we will promote initiatives to preserve and improve the physical and mental health of employees and their families as well as strive to create an environment in which all employees can work in a lively fashion.


WILL GROUP, INC.
Shigeru Ohara, President and Representative Director

Health management promotion structure

WILL GROUP, INC. has established the Health Management Promotion Committee to manage the promotion of health management. Chaired by the President and Representative Director, the General Manager of Planning and Labor Department, the occupational physician in charge, and employees in charge are appointed to this promotion committee. Working alongside the Health Management Promotion Committee of each Group company, this committee promotes initiatives to create a workplace that is comfortable and that serves to reserve and improve the health of employees and their families.

健康経営推進体制図

Important initiatives

1. Improve the rate of health exams

The committee aims for 100% of employees to take regular health exams in order to grasp and improve health issues.

2. Promote specific health practice instructions

The committee proactively promotes specific health practice instructions after exams in order to prevent lifestyle diseases and improve health.

3. Execute health improvement education

The committee provides health improvement education in e-learning and in-person training.

4. Reduction of long work hours

The committee grasps accurate work hours, identifies the reason for long work hours, and makes appropriate changes to operations in order to reduce long work hours.

5. Promote improved operational efficiency

The committee promotes improved operational efficiency in order to ensure work-life balance.

6. Enhancement of workplace environment

The committee strives to enhance the systems and ensure a comfortable workplace so that each employee can maximize their abilities.

7. Invigoration of communication

The committee proactively holds events, etc. to invigorate communication among employees.

Through the above initiatives, the Group will continue to be a “change agent group” that brings positive change to individuals and organizations.

Health issues

The Group is currently taking efforts to improve the following health issues.
*Figures include WILLOF WORK, Inc.

1. Optimization of work hours and establishment of work-life balance/living hours

[Limiting of long work hours] [Promotion of improved operational efficiency]

Reduction of percentage of employees working long hours
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Percentage of employees working long hours For regular-position employees 6.7% 8.1% 4.2% 4.2% 3.0%
Activities
  1. Report employees working long hours to the executive meeting each month and pass reports on to each business department.
  2. Identify the cause of overtime and review operation in the department where long work hours are occurring.
  3. Check login records into PC servers and time card records to confirm differences in work times and issue corrective guidance.
  4. Implement flextime system (for certain employees) to provide work environment that focuses on work-life balance.
  5. Implement work from home system (for certain employees) to provide work environment that focuses on work-life balance.

2. Prevention, early detection, and response for stress-related diseases and mental health issues

[Improvement of workplace environment]

Improvement of rate of taking paid leave
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Rate of taking paid leave For regular-position employees 48.5% 49.8% 66.6% 49.1% 60.0%
Activities
  1. The Group has developed and promoted a system that makes it easy to take paid leave.
    ⇒ Taking half day leave, leave for birthday and for births, and refreshment leave (up to 9 days of leave including weekends), etc.
  2. Representatives themselves send e-mails to employees encouraging them to take paid leave.

3. Prevention exacerbation of lifestyle diseases among high-risk individuals

Improve the rate of re-examination (focused examinations)
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Rate of re-examination (focused examinations) Including temporary staff 11.5% 20.0% 13.9% × Unable to obtain previous figures.
Figures not expected to be obtained this year.
Activities
  1. After an employment evaluation by an occupational physician based on exam results, the Group quickly records the occupational physician’s comments and encourage applicable employees to take re-examinations by internal e-mail or post.
  2. We distribute health reports that describe the need for health examinations and re-examinations, provide health questionnaires and tests once or twice a year, and improve the health literacy of each and every employee.
  3. The Group provides a comfortable employment environment based on the status of re-examinations and hospital visits through the implementation of flextime systems and whole/half-day paid leave (for certain employees).

Other (ongoing issues, complementary data, test and evaluate issues)

Improve the rate of taking regular health exams
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Rate of taking health exams Including temporary staff 46.4% 57.1% 57.3% 60.9% 65.0%
For regular-position employees 95.0% 95.0% 80.5% 100.0%
Activities
  1. Financial assistance for all regular exam expenses.
  2. Financial assistance for optional health exam expenses.* Only certain employees
  3. Implementation of progress management through the exam (reservation) status management tools.
Percentage of health issues found in regular health exams
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Requiring medical treatment, re-examinations, detailed exams, and ongoing treatment Including temporary staff 27.1% 34.2% 50.7%< 36.6%
Persons with blood pressure/blood sugar risks
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High risk blood pressure: Systolic blood pressure of 180 mm Hg or higher; diastolic blood pressure of 110 mm Hg or higher Including temporary staff 0.7% 0.6% 0.4%
Medium risk blood pressure: Systolic blood pressure of 140 mm Hg or higher; diastolic blood pressure of 90 mm Hg or higher 6.6% 10.1% 7.4%
Blood sugar risk: Blood sugar of 200 mg/dl or higher on an empty stomach 0.5% 0.5% 0.3%
Absenteeism
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Absenteeism For regular-position employees 1.76% 0.90% 0.60% 0.30%
Test and evaluate issues

Improvement seen in the following areas compared to last year.

  • Percentage of employees working long hours
  • Percentage of health issues found in regular health exams
  • Persons with blood pressure/blood sugar risks
  • Absenteeism

We have significantly reduced the percentage of employees working long hours by taking various initiatives and focusing efforts to “limiting of long working hours,” one of our important initiatives. We also believe that improving the rate of satisfying sleep in the health questionnaire (percentage of people with sufficient rest from sleep) can help prevent mental health issues. We expect that such efforts have contributed to reducing absenteeism among employees.

However, we were unable to see improvements in the following areas.

  • Taking paid leave
  • Rate of taking regular health exams (regular-position employees)

As the rate of answering the health questionnaire has increased, we believe employees are more interested in their health. In certain areas, it was difficult to take health exams due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the rate of taking health exams fell due to the impact of COVID-19.

In terms of the rate of taking paid leave, it is thought that employees did not feel it necessary to take paid leave as a positive result from implementing work from home (preserving time for household chores and a restful sleep by reducing commute time). However, the Group will continue to promote the taking of paid leave in the future.

In order to improve health literacy

1. Provide education opportunities (health questionnaire)

WILL GROUP, INC. creates education opportunities (health questionnaires) to improve health literacy several times a year.
These are the results of the newest questionnaire.
*Figures include WILLOF WORK, Inc.

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2020
Questionnaire answer rate Including temporary staff 29.4% 42.3% 46.5%
For regular-position employees 63.4% 69.0 83.7% 86.9%
Rate of persons maintaining appropriate weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.99) Including temporary staff 67.9% 67.9% 67.1%
For regular-position employees 70.7% 70.9% 67.6% 69.2%
Smoking rate Including temporary staff 31.3% 30.6% 30.7%
For regular-position employees 41.3% 42.5% 41.1% 41.5%
Exercise rate *Exercising at least 30 minutes twice a week Including temporary staff 21.2% 22.5% 22.4%
For regular-position employees 33.9% 27.3% 27.1% 26.9%
Percentage of people with sufficient rest from sleep Including temporary staff 52.6% 54.6% 59.4%
For regular-position employees 67.0% 49.2% 49.6% 62.7%
Percentage of regular alcohol consumption Including temporary staff 6.2%
For regular-position employees 9.4%

*The fiscal 2017 exercise rate is that of people exercising at least 30 minutes once a week

2. Participation in health improvement projects

WILL GROUP, INC. is participating in health improvement projects hosted and managed by government agencies and local municipalities.

Smart Life Project

“Let’s lengthen healthy life spans.” Based on this slogan, this national effort by the Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare aims for every person to be able to enjoy their days in good health throughout their life.
Centered around the three fields of exercise, diet, and smoking, this project calls for specific action.
From fiscal 2014, the Group has performed these actions, set taking health exams and consultations as a new theme, and promoted the further lengthening of healthy life spans while working alongside companies, organizations, and municipalities participating in the project.