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Creating Environment and Programs Conducive to Open Innovation

Programs to Encourage Open Innovation

In order to promote business in a social and economic environment that is changing at an increasingly rapid speed, Mitsubishi Estate is engaging in business model innovation. In October 2019, Mitsubishi Estate established new personnel programs for the purpose of encouraging open innovation and expanding further the possibilities for independent career choices by individuals.

New Business Proposal Program

Mitsubishi Estate operates a new business proposal program with the aim of creating new businesses from employee ideas. Since fiscal 2017, the company has been holding the New Business Development Seminar with external instructors for employees that are interested in new business, thereby boosting the its support for employees who want to create businesses independently.

Secondary Job Program (from January 2020)

Mitsubishi Estate has established a secondary job program* based on a permit system to help employees maximize their own potential through diverse experience and encourage them to accept various challenges that lead to their growth or career advancement. In so doing, the company aims not just to help the knowledge and connections obtained through a secondary job be returned into the core business, but also to create an environment for employees to work with more satisfaction through self-actualization.

  • Excludes businesses that involve a conflict of interest with Mitsubishi Estate, such as competitors. Working hours up to 50 hours in any single month.

Open Recruitment of Human Resources with Secondary Jobs and Dual Employment in Some Businesses (from October 2019)

In some of its businesses, primarily new ones, Mitsubishi Estate has begun accepting human resources with secondary jobs and dual employment* through open recruitment to hire a broad range of human resources that possess knowledge not present in its existing businesses. As the first step, in the meditation studio operation business, which was established in April 2019 through the new business proposal program, Mitsubishi Estate recruited and employed* human resources with responsibility for planning brand and marketing strategy from among human resources with secondary jobs and dual employment.

  • Assumes once weekly employment based on an individual outsourcing agreement with Mitsubishi Estate.

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Creating an Office Environment that Leads to Value Creation

Initiatives at Mitsubishi Estate Head Office

In January 2018, Mitsubishi Estate relocated its head office with the aim of realizing an office that continually creates new value.

The new head office's concept is encapsulated in the statement "Borderless! × Socializing!"

It signifies our commitment to create a venue for generating new value through creating spaces where people can truly connect with one another without borders and fully demonstrate their strengths. We will continue putting this aspiration into practice as part of our work style reforms for productivity and employee health advancement.

At the same time as continuously implementing reform of the office environment and systems, Mitsubishi Estate will also build on the achievements, knowledge, and expertise it has obtained based on innovative approaches such as verification testing held at the head office and utilize them in proposals to customers, planning for new office buildings, and urban development.

Free-address work environment
Employees can choose locations on any given day from a host of different seating options, including low tables, high tables, large and individual desks, to match their workstyle preferences. Efforts are also made to reduce paper and digitalize documents, eliminating more than 70% of document storage cabinets compared with pre-relocation.

Internal staircase to eliminate borders between floors
Private stairways have been installed so that employees can move freely between floors, bypassing the building's common areas. This encourages spontaneous communication, promotes health and mitigates the risks posed by loss or theft of confidential materials.

SPARKLE Cafeteria
The cafeteria serves free breakfast for a healthy start to the day. Employees can also use the cafeteria as a workplace, encouraging the creation of new ideas and insights.

Common area doubled
One-third of the new head office is allocated to a common area, which is double the area of that found in the previous head office. This creates opportunities for inspiration through discussion and increases motivation and productivity.

Initiatives at Mitsubishi Estate Residence Headquarters

New headquarters office with an emphasis on spaces for people to gather

Mitsubishi Estate Residence moved its headquarters in January 2019 as an opportunity for work style reforms, and has implemented various steps to upgrade the office space in the new headquarters building.

In order to continuously generate attractive products and services, it is important for the company to activate communication, not only among employees but also from people outside the company. With this in mind, Mitsubishi Estate Residence set up a one-floor working space that has no pillars and allows employees from all departments to work in the same space. In addition, it is taking various steps to create connections with people from outside of the company. In particular, by focusing on spaces where people get together, it has set an internal kitchen to create an entirely new communication space. For the purpose of creating offices that provide opportunities for new value creation, the company introduces cutting-edge technology and services, such as the use of IoT experiences and delivery boxes in the office.

Initiatives at Mitsubishi Real Estate Services Headquarters

Three lounges promote communication

Mitsubishi Real Estate Services works on creating offices that lead to work style reforms, such as raising productivity and promoting diversity. These efforts, prompted by the headquarters move in May 2018, are based on the "real breakthrough" concept in which the walls between sections are torn down.

A one-floor office with no walls has created an environment in which employees across divisions can easily communicate with one another, and the flow of people in the office has also been improved by placing office equipment in optimal positions. In addition, "free address" workspace and mobile work systems have been introduced to give employees more options about where they work. All employees are given laptops, smartphones and beacons to ensure that these systems function well. A location management system that identifies the location of employees within the office in real time, a "print anywhere" system, and a conference room reservation system aimed at raising the efficiency of conferences were also introduced.

In addition to these office environment improvements, a café lounge, library lounge, and relax lounge have been set up, with an aim to enhance communication by providing employees with places to interact and recharge.

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