PASSION

Together with our friends,
we put our passion into work

We believe that the health of mind and body are key essentials for us to perform at our best in sports and at work. While improving working conditions has now become one of the biggest social issues in Japan, we have been striving for a good work-life balance for our employees since the early days of our history. In addition to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment, we also provide ample venues for our employees to fully develop their careers by offering a wide range of educational programs, including overseas training. Many team-building opportunities, such as the Sports First Awards celebration and various sports clubs, are also offered.

We believe that the health of mind and body are key essentials for us to perform at our best in sports and at work. While improving working conditions has now become one of the biggest social issues in Japan, we have been striving for a good work-life balance for our employees since the early days of our history. In addition to ensuring a safe and healthy work environment, we also provide ample venues for our employees to fully develop their careers by offering a wide range of educational programs, including overseas training. Many team-building opportunities, such as the Sports First Awards celebration and various sports clubs, are also offered.

Recognition for Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization

On February 21, 2017, GOLDWIN was recognized under the 2017 Certified Health and Productivity Management Organization Recognition Program in the large enterprise category (White 500,) by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. The program recognizes large enterprises as well as small and medium-sized companies which are actively working on community health issues and those which promote healthy business practices in line with the recommendations of Nippon Kenko Kaigi, the administrator of the program. The public recognition of these companies is designed so that their employees, job seekers, potential business partners and investors can identify them and appreciate that they make employees’ wellbeing one of their strategic priorities.

We are very proud to be among those 235 companies recognized under White 500, out of 3500 listed companies in Japan.

We consider our employees’ mental and physical wellbeing as a strategic priority of our company. In this regard, a wide spectrum of programs has been implemented to ensure a safe and healthy work environment, among them; an annual physical checkup for all employees; absolutely no-smoking rule on our premises; stress check; encouraging reduced overtime and utilized paid vacation for better work-life balance; education on healthier lifestyle and mental health; support for employees with young children, including maternity/paternity leave, and more. This year, we further introduced new initiatives such as bans on taking a laptop home, and on working late by forcing all the lights in the office to be turned off at 8 p.m. In addition to implementing these programs, we are tackling the issue at a more fundamental level by improving the work process and promoting employee awareness.

We will continue to support our employees wholeheartedly by practicing our slogan of Sports First, so that they can maintain their health and perform at their best in work and sports.

Customer Service Role-Playing Contest

We hold a Customer Service Role-Playing Contest every year with the aim of improving our employees’ communication and customer service skills. On November 16, 2016, 16 employees from stores across Japan who qualified for the final demonstrated their customer service skills by serving a mock customer from the time the customer entered the store until they exit the store. Judging by the president, the vice president and representatives from stores focused on nine criteria: likeability, greeting/striking conversation, use of language, product/expert knowledge, conversation skill, understanding of customer needs, suggestion/persuasion, completion of sale and seeing-off. Top performers were awarded the Grand Prize, the Runner-up Prize, two Special Awards, a Hospitality Award and Best-Effort Awards.

Overseas Study Program to support employees’ dreams

Our Overseas Study Program is open to all employees who have worked for us full-time for three years or longer. Every year up to two employees are selected through interviews and sent to the United States for one year of study and a two-month internship at a store. Depending on their aspiration, applicants can choose freely where they would stay and what they would do in the US. This year, Tatsuro Yamada, an avid cyclist, had his dream come true when he was sent to a university with a triathlon club.

Tokyo Area Sports Day

A Sports Day for employees in Tokyo area was held at Yomiuriland Seichi Park on October 15, 2016. The morning registration saw 370 people ― 301 employees and 69 family members ― turn out to sign up and participate. Unlike in past years, when teams were made up of employees who all worked on same office floor, this time, participants were assigned to one of six teams according to company division, giving them the opportunity to be teammates with people they don’t usually work with. With a lot of new fun games added this year, everyone had a great time.

GOLDWIN 2016 Toyama Games

On October 22, 2016, employees from the Tokyo, Osaka and Toyama areas came together to compete in friendly matches at our Toyama Games. All were members of such company sports clubs as baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, mountaineering, fishing, walking, motorcycling and cycling/mountain biking. The event was a very good opportunity for them to get to know and make friends with colleagues from other areas. A special treat was a lesson by former tennis pro Yurika Sema.

Sports First Awards: Recognition of employees who embody the spirit

Our Sports First Awards are given out to the employees who put our Sports First philosophy into action. This year the winners of the awards were selected from among 40 employees who had been featured on Sports First Mag, our web-based magazine open to the public. Voters from the entire company evaluated them based on their engagement in sports activities and their efforts to incorporate their athletic experience into our product development and services. This year’s winners are Takayuki Suzuki (Gold), Takeshi Moto (Silver) and Takayuki Uno (Bronze). The Best-Effort Awards went to Hazuki Sugii, Taishi Goto and Viljoen Peter John.

SPORTS FIRST MAG
Putting sports above all else
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