Employee Growth and Development
Alpine supports employees' growth and development through various opportunities and systems.
Concept of Employee Growth
Alpine applies its employee system based on the following fundamental principles in accordance with its Corporate Philosophy and Conduct Guidelines.
Respect for Individuals
Alpine respects individuals, and aims to encourage the self-fulfillment of its employees.
Team of Professionals
Alpine creates its team of professionals by encouraging individual employees to accept higher levels of work and to upgrade their skills, which increases their independence as professionals by helping them to develop skills that can be used outside the company.
Based on the premise that self-development has its foundation in individual motivation, Alpine provides opportunities for employees to develop their work skills through self-improvement programs with the aim of effectively synchronizing the needs of the company (taking measures for discovery, cultivation, and appointment of human resources) and individual employees (improving skills and raising motivation through goal setting and skill development).
To enhance the skills and knowledge of our employees, Alpine offers a range of professional training programs worldwide to cultivate employees who act responsibly.
These training programs are not limited to lectures: we believe that opportunities to directly experience the places where products are manufactured and connection with customers are valuable, so we offer practical training at our factories and practical training for in-person sales. We believe that actually experiencing firsthand the challenges of manufacturing and sales will provide various benefits in later work.
Alpine will continue to research training methods to cultivate employees' talent, and we will continue to work to provide training that is meaningful both to our employees and to our company.
Training for Graduate Hires
Alpine continues to improve its training for graduate hires to support the start-up of their career as business persons.
In 2015, graduate hire programs included group training, training in China, production training, and sales training to cultivate independence in thought and action.
In group training, new hires gained practical knowledge in language, financial affairs, problem identification and solving, and basic concepts to ensure safety and quality*, which they can apply immediately after job assignment. In the training in China, they developed a global perspective through interactions with students. In production and sales training, they gained experience on the frontline of production and sales to create a base to support their growth after job assignment.
From 2016, we introduced the Alpine Sound Room with the goal of passing down Alpine sound technology as we strive to leverage our strength to drive innovation that leads the industry. We provide opportunities to compare the sounds produced by other companies’ products. In addition, Sound Masters serve as instructors for new hires.
*Basic concepts to ensure safety and quality: The basics for working environment that support safety and quality.
Education for newly recruited employments
Overseas Training System
Alpine dispatches entry and mid-level employees to overseas subsidiaries for a period of one year to participate in on-site training as a measure aimed at cultivating global talent. This system was established to cultivate employees with a global perspective and the ability to take action that reflects an understanding of culture and customs, and improve language proficiency through actual work and life experience. In 2015, we dispatched two employees to Thailand.
Overseas Training System
Quality Engineering Dept
I was engaged in quality management (in-process quality improvement / increasing customer satisfaction / reducing product defect-related costs) at Alpine's Thai plant through one-year overseas training system. This gave me a great opportunity to expand my knowledge and perspective by understanding the different cultures and ways of thinking in Thailand, China, and Saudi Arabia. It helped me to recognize the importance of communication by working and living overseas, which increased my motivation to learn language to prepare for future assignments overseas. It also gave me the chance to establish good relationships with suppliers, as well as with employees at production bases and in sales at on-site affiliates, which enabled me to expand my work.
Products are being manufactured daily at plants. Just one issue with product quality is all it takes to affect sales and erode the trusting relationship we have with our customers. I continue working on product improvement from design stage (to develop easy-to-manufacture, defect-free products) in cooperation with the design division.
Alpine provides employee education in a broad range of technical development, from the basic knowledge necessary for product development to knowledge in highly specialized areas. In 2015, we provided 60 classes on 31 items, including on-vehicle security systems, LCD technology, functional safety, automatic operation, cloud elemental technology, basic sound instruction, and thermal design education for a total of 1,470 engineers.
With the aim of cultivating employees' ability to explain the physical properties of each sound, Alpine has held periodical acoustic training since 1995 for a total of 650 participants.
This training consists of primary, intermediate, and advanced levels that increase employee knowledge of acoustics as they develop a sense of sound quality. Training focuses not only on the abstract and sensuous qualities that determine what listeners judge as good and bad, or what they like or dislike, but also on the quantification of perceived sound. Our unique programs increase participants’ knowledge and sense of sound quality, and improve communication capability.
We certify those who excel in the programs as Sound Masters who understand and pass down Alpine sound technology to the next generation. In 2015, we held 12 primary level training sessions and certified eight participants.
Acoustic Training Room
Distance Education Support System
The Alpine Labor Committee is preparing a distance education support system for a wide range of subjects such as language, business & management skills, and career planning to support growth activities.
Alpine increases the number and content of courses along with the movement of administration and industry, and in response to requests from individual employees and departments. In 2015, Alpine added 16 courses.