To exploit the knowledge capital of society to the greatest extent possible, Panasonic believes that it is crucial to take advantage of all forms of diversity in the workplace whether in terms gender, age, nationality, or any other cohort. The company has implemented a “Role / Grade System” that determines compensation based on the work or role in which employees are currently engaged; there are no gender-based inequalities in this compensation system. However, particularly in Japan, Panasonic is aware that there is a need to employ greater numbers of women in upper management and decision-making positions; it is striving to ensure gender diversity.
In terms of senior management, a female director (current board member Hiroko Ota) was appointed in fiscal 2014, and, in fiscal 2016, a female executive officer (current executive officer Michiko Ogawa) has been named. To accelerate female participation in management, Panasonic holds study groups for female employees and provides career-advancement seminars for women leaders, creating opportunities for women to encounter role models’ values and views on working, as well as further strengthening the management capabilities of superiors. Furthermore, to raise the consciousness of all employees concerning the promotion of diversity, Panasonic has established that every July be Diversity Promotion Month, hosting forums and creating opportunities in the workplace for discussions on the theme of promoting diversity.
As Panasonic welcomes its 100th anniversary, it is essential that all employees, who serve as the driving force behind Panasonic’s continued usefulness to society and its customers in the next 100 years, undergo self-growth while feeling rewarded in their work. From November 2017, Panasonic has endeavored to create “A Better Workstyle” (meaning undertaking reforms that make work rewarding), with a focus on creating opportunities for growth by reaching outside of the company, supporting voluntary changes among employees, and encouraging an environment in which diversity thrives.
In April 2019, Panasonic introduced A Better Dialogue, a program meant to accelerate the growth and ambition of each employee and to create an organization, a corporate culture, and a workforce that will realize the Company’s business strategies. Along with being an update to our career/skill development and goal management systems, A Better Dialogue also aims to achieve qualitative and quantitative improvements in interactions between employees and their superiors through one-on-one meetings.