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2011 Best Employers - International

Daikin Industries

This Japanese company rehires all workers at retirement age who wish to continue working

Winning Years: 2011
Industry: Industrial Equipment & Commercial Machinery
Location: Osaka, Japan
Employees: 8,149; Percentage over age 50: 24.2

A leading manufacturer of air conditioning systems, Daikin Industries strongly promotes opportunities for individual capacity building and personal development from the time of employment to retirement. The company moreover offers a variety of flexible work options for employees with caregiving responsibilities, including extended family caregiving leave. Further, Daikin Industries rehires all employees who wish to continue working past the statutory retirement age on a full-time, part-time or per diem basis.

See also: How the 2011 Best Employers winners were selected.

More winning best practices:

Lifelong Learning and Training: In order to make the best of abilities, each worker is given opportunities, such as training programs, to reassess his or her aptitude. After careful individual interviews, Daikin can find each worker's directions. Later, education, training and coaching are provided to further develop individual worker's strengths. Many of the older workers are taking advantage of this system.

Flexible Work Arrangements: Daikin Industries strongly supports flexible work arrangements. Workers can enjoy flextime in which they can decide when to come and to leave the workplace. Arrangements such as child care leave for those raising small children, and family care leaves of up to a year are also available to employees.

In addition, the company rehires all the workers at the retirement age of 60 who wish to continue working. Over 80 percent of the employees wish to be rehired after the retirement age.

Health Promotion and Protection: Daikin works to improve the working environment to maintain a comfortable working atmosphere. Furthermore, Daikin offers vision check-ups.

To address mental health, the company conducts surveys among all factory employees. The responses are then analyzed and used for early detection and early intervention in work performance as well as mental health.

Furthermore, Daikin Industries Health Insurance Association provides a 24 hour hotline for its employees.

Diversity Promotion: Daikin increasingly provides opportunities for women and older persons to play major roles. In particular, workers over the retirement age of 60 can be rehired until age 65, if they wish.

Recruitment: Since 1980, Daikin has been promoting flexible employment through such measures as hiring mid-career workers. The idea behind these measures is to make the best use of various talents and expertise for the industry.

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