Glory Group aims to create an environment where every employee can maximize their potential and play an active role regardless of their nationality, race, religion, gender, age, or disability.
We hire and train talented personnel regardless of gender and are working to create an environment where all employees can fully demonstrate their abilities. To promote equal opportunities for women, we are implementing action plans based on Japan’s Act on the Promotion of Female Participation and Career Advancement in the Workplace. We are also working to establish a more supportive workplace through ‘Work Style Reform’ and support employees to achieve their work-life balance.
The percentage of females for our new graduate positions was 15%, and the number of female managers was 28, as of September 2021. Our target for FY2025 (fiscal year ending March 31, 2026) is 25% and 44 respectively.
From April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2026 (Five years)
2. Our challenges
a) Low ratio of women to men hired in new graduate positions
b) Limited number of departments where women are assigned
c) Imbalance of females to males employed in management positions despite no significant difference in length of service
a) A minimum of 25% of new graduates are to be filled by females by 2025
- Assess the potential and abilities of all employees regardless of gender using fair standards
- Promote the recruitment of women by featuring female employees in external PR media
- Working with the departments, explore and extend the range of positions available to women, then address situations where gender imbalances exist, by assigning females when hiring new graduates and reassigning female employees through internal job-posting system* (more details)
- Formulate and implement measures to retain young employees regardless of gender
b) Double the number of female employees in management positions in the next five years
- Encourage and support female employees to take the leadership roles in non-management positions
- Promote behavioral changes amongst female employees in such positions to identify those who are willing to develop skills in other members of the team
- Develop female role models for the management positions
- Promote awareness and behavioral changes to increase the number of females in management positions who are willing to develop skills of team/group members
- Establish the ‘GLORY Workstyle’ and reduce overtime work
As our business grows globally, we promote the recruitment of global talents including foreign nationals in Japan, as well as their promotion to management positions, under the policy to encourage the recruitment of talented personnel regardless of nationality.
In the corporate and the overseas business divisions, foreign nationals with diverse cultural backgrounds play active roles. As of September 2021, eleven foreign nationals from five nations, including China and Australia, are working in the headquarters in Japan with five of them being in management positions.
The Glory Group has more than 5,000 non-Japanese employees (approximately 47%) and our subsidiaries are managed mainly by locals in general or senior management positions.
USA: North America, Central America, South America
EMEA: Europe, Russia, Africa, Middle East
APAC: China, South-East Asia, India, Oceania
We actively recruit personnel with a wide range of knowledge, skills, backgrounds, and careers, who can become immediate forces within the Company. In line with our management policy, we are currently promoting the recruitment of core personnel with high management skills, as well as personnel who can contribute to our new business fields with their specialized IT and DX skills. We also promote the assignment of such personnel to management or specialist positions respectively.
As of September 2021, the percentage of mid-career hires in management positions is 23%.
To promote the independence of the persons with disabilities, Glory Group offers employment opportunities through GLORY Friendly Co., Ltd. established in 1999 as special-purpose subsidiary. Under the slogan of "Foster a creative workplace where communication is valued and one can fully demonstrating their skills and abilities”, the employees are currently engaged in tasks such as cleaning, greening, in-house mail delivery, and waste disposals. We are working to extend a range positions to best suit the individuality and capabilities of each employee.
In accordance with the Act on Stabilization of Employment of Elderly Persons, Glory offers re-employment opportunities for employees over sixty, and those who wish to continue to work can do so until the age of sixty-five. This secures job opportunities for the retired and allows an effective use of their knowledge and experience.
In fiscal 2020, 55 out of 64 employees used this provision.
With the belief that Glory’s growth is integrally connected with the growth of each employee, we conduct programs to develop their capabilities and foster diversity.
As our business grows globally, overseas sales now account for approximately half of the Glory Group’s net sales, and the percentage of foreign nationals are approximately 47% as of September 2021. Given the situation, we implement the following initiatives to foster human resources that support the growth of our global business.
Glory offers an overseas short-term study program to develop human resources with a global perspective. Participants attend local language schools to acquire the language and gain skills and experience that would be beneficial for global business.
The one-year program allows Japanese employees to take part in on-the-job training in an overseas group company. It provides them with opportunities to gain the required experience and skills to represent Glory on a global stage.
Since the start, total of 26 employees from Development, Sales, and other divisions have participated in the program.
Since 2016, Glory has facilitated a training program in Japan for the managers of our production subsidiaries: GLORY Denshi Kogyo (Suzhou) Ltd. (China) and GLORY (PHILIPPINES), INC.
The training program is intended to enhance the self-sustaining capabilities of the said subsidiaries, and a total of seven managers have taken part to date. The program includes management training and the sessions where the participants learn the required knowledge and technologies and enhance their risk management capabilities relevant to production sites. With a better understanding of the Japanese production system, the managers return to their respective countries to apply their newly gained knowledge and experience.
Glory offers a training program named ‘Glory Business College’, targeting management-level employees to prepare them to become next generation of executives.
The seven-month program includes training sessions and external seminars where participants can acquire the required skills and knowledge to become executives. The program also gives participants opportunities to extend their network through interaction with other participants from various divisions and other industries.
We assist employees with their career plans through the systems and initiatives to help enhance their skills and career development.
Glory offers career training according to the stages of their career.
‘Self-Inquiry Training’ is offered to employees on three different occasions; when they first join Glory, on their fourth year of service, and when they turn thirty. The program helps participants to envisage their career plans and to develop into competent employees who can achieve set goals with confidence.
Other example includes ‘Life-Career Plan Training’ for employees over the age of 50. The aim is to provide them with an opportunity to reflect on their careers, experience, skills, and strengths and envisage the remainder of their career up to retirement.
Glory has introduced a HR database system to specify employees’ knowledge, skills, experience as well as their vision on career path, all of which we consider important management information. Based on such data, supervisors arrange regular interviews with each of their respective employees to help them envision their own career paths. This helps the employees to be self-directed towards set goals and increase their job satisfaction. This also helps us foster an environment where employees can make the best use of their abilities.
Glory has in place an internal job posting system that encourage employees to initiate their own career development. The system allows divisions seeking new talent to post positions available, to which employees are free to apply. It is intended to motivate our employees and in turn help invigorate our corporate culture.
Glory offers consultation service to support employees’ career plans and skill development. Employees can consult counselors via e-mail, phone or/and in person depending on their individual needs.