News Releases 2018Expanded satellite office at Meiden Numazu Works opens to spur interdepartmental exchanges

Meidensha Corporation (Meiden) has built an expanded satellite office at Meiden Numazu Works in Numazu City, Shizuoka Prefecture, to boost interdepartmental exchanges among employees from the manufacturing hub and other areas. The office opened on September 3, 2018.

The office, named “Innovation Field,” is about 16 times larger than the previous office located on the second floor of the works’ main administration office building. Meiden decided to significantly enlarge the satellite office in line with Smart Work 2020, an action program to reform our employees’ work style under Medium-term Management Plan 2020. It is expected about 2,400 employees will use the satellite office annually.

The expanded office is on the eighth floor of the administration building. The office has a floor space of about 370 square meters and comprises two sections – a “concentration space” on the right, and a “discussion space” on the left.

Discussion space on the left side of the office.                    Concentration space on the right side of the office.

The concentration space has individual booths for employees wanting to focus on their own work, while café-style tables and chairs offer a view of Suruga Bay and allow employees to work in a relaxed atmosphere. The discussion space has desks for using Skype so users do not have to hesitate to use the online communication tool out of consideration for others nearby. This area also has tables and sofa seats like those found at Japanese casual dinner restaurants. On fine days, these tables have a view of Mt. Fuji. Motion detectors installed in the satellite office enable employees to check in real-time on the Intranet how crowded the office is.

A new information and communication technology system has been installed in the central area between the two sections to boost exchanges between different departments, helping them achieve much-needed “co-creation.” For example, it helps employees conduct a meeting by allowing them to write by hand on a PDF image projected on the wall, which can be later stored as data.

Meiden will promote work style reforms to create a working environment in which all our employees attain a better work-life balance. 

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