Hiroyuki Suzuki felt that it was not fun when his company charged the entire staff about $ 100 for every hour of meeting room use. The 37-year-old employee said after the regulation was introduced, people actually cut useless meetings. Disco Corp is a chip equipment manufacturer with up to 5,000 employees, therefore, the collection of meeting room fees will help the management company operate more efficiently.
At the Disco, everything has its price: From the desk to the personal computer and even the wet umbrella is charged. The payment uses virtual currency called "Will" and the balance is paid in yen at the end of each quarter.
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Toshio Naito, who designed the program since 2011, said: "We have created a free economic sector, like what exists outside the company."
This particular approach has brought about positive results: The band's operating range has increased by 26% from 16% since the trial was applied 8 years ago and their profits have made companies in the same industry jealous.
The share price of the Disco increased almost 4 times during that period, helping the company achieve a market value of 5 billion USD. This is also the first unit to win a government prize by creating an ideal workplace.
Although this method was successful for Disco and was tested in other companies in Japan, there has been no official place to date. The engineers complained that it reduced their ability to concentrate entirely on research and began to quit. Meanwhile, others feel they are caught up in a never-ending spiral to receive a bonus.
Takashi Shimizu, a professor at Waseda University in Tokyo, said it took about five years for Japanese employees to adapt to this approach. Meanwhile, those who have adapted well but Naoki Sakamoto, a factory worker at Disco, said that being able to measure things creates more excitement and confidence.
Disco was founded in 1937 as Dai-Ichi Seitosho Co. The company started its business by providing equipment for Japanese troops before World War II. Their diamond saw blades and blades were used to cut everything, even moon rocks brought from Apollo 11. Flight. Today, Disco is the world's largest material cutting device manufacturer.
Like many other manufacturers, the Disco has spent many years looking for ways to enhance performance. One of them is the method of viewing thousands of internal groups as individual companies. Under Naito's guidance, the Disco expanded that autonomy to the level of each employee and called it "Personal Will".
The focus of the program is a rewarding system that closely tracks the amount each person and each group contributes to income. The employee receives the basic salary and seeks to earn more Will through completing certain tasks to increase income. The quarterly bonus can be as much as a year's salary for top employees and enough to buy a foreign brand car every year.
Virtual money starts at the group level, where the head allocates the budget for each task to be completed specifically. Members will then use the app to bid for those tasks. Which does not attract an auction means that it is unnecessary and ignored.
According to Naito, the groups pay each other to complete the task. For example, the sales team will pay factory workers to produce goods while workers will pay engineers to design the product.
In addition, there is a penalty for ineffective behavior including piling up unnecessary goods or even going back to work late. The overtime hours of company employees have decreased by 9% since this penalty was applied in 2015, consistent with the goal of improving the balance of life and work of the Japanese government.
Employees can earn more by helping each other: A parent who wants to attend his or her extracurricular activity can pay Will to colleagues to complete the report.
The latest test at Disco is an internal community fundraising platform where people come up with their business ideas. Colleagues who support with Will can earn "interest" if the project is effective.