Seven & i Holdings implements various assessment systems for employees to maximize their individual abilities and ensure fair assessments free of unreasonable discrimination due to social status, place of birth, race, creed, gender, and so on. In addition, we do not force employees to work against their will, and we prevent child labor by confirming their age at the time of hiring. In terms of treatment, we comply with the minimum wage stipulated by law and promote equal pay for equal work. We appropriately evaluate the performance of work and the degree of contribution of each person and reflect it in rewards, such as bonuses.
The Seven & i Group has instituted a self-check program to maximize individual employee abilities and help ensure fair evaluations. Twice a year at each Group company, employees first assess their own job performance, which is then evaluated by their supervisor. After that, the employee and supervisor meet to discuss the results. This direct dialogue helps the employee to identify their own achievements, strengths, and challenges while also ensuring the transparency and fairness of evaluations.
In addition, through individual meetings with supervisors, issues at the workplace related to management levels, knowledge, skills and the like are confirmed, and this leads to further career development. Since it is not a simple one-sided evaluation by the company, employees are more willing to accept the system and find it motivating. The system is helping to steadily improve operational levels.
Seven-Eleven Japan has been conducting management checks since November 2017 as a personnel measure where subordinates and supervisors work together to improve the Company and enhance internal communications. Subordinates evaluate the status of management of employees by managers. Employees respond to a total of 20 questions (five questions in each of four categories: integrity, thinking abilities, action abilities, and compliance) and also input comments in the free entry field. To prevent the identification of specific individuals, the scores of all subordinates are averaged and comments are combined. Results are not directly disclosed to supervisors; oral feedback is provided during interim interviews (conducted twice annually) by the supervisor who is two levels higher. Each individual actively uses the results to generate outputs that will contribute to their individual growth.
Ito-Yokado has an employee classification system that allows employees to choose which region to work in based on their individual life plans and values. Based on this system, employees are evaluated using a qualifications system, which ranks them by job performance ability and skill, and by job responsibilities, taking into account their current duties and job assignment. In addition, individual evaluations, which are determined based on job achievement, level of contribution and other factors, are directly incorporated into salary and bonus levels.
Seven & i Holdings' operating companies also focus on establishing systems that allow employees to choose various work styles to increase their motivation for work. For example, Ito-Yokado has a program enabling part-timers to choose from diverse working styles. Under this system, part-timers may choose to step up a rank after acquiring a certain level of evaluation and sales skill. There is also a program in place where part-timers designated as highest level can be hired as a monthly salaried permanent employee or contract worker. To date (as of February 29, 2020), 180 part-timers have become monthly salaried permanent employees. In January 2020, an ex-part-timer became a store manager for the first time.
A large number of part-timers have also been hired on in managerial roles, such as sales floor managers. This initiative has received formal recognition as Ito-Yokado received the grand prize (Health, Labour and Welfare Minister's Award) at the Awards for Enterprises Promoting Part-time Workers to Play Active Roles at Work, which was established in the fiscal year ended February 29, 2016 by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.
Ito-Yokado's Step Up Elective System
Award ceremony (January 2016)