Message from the President Apr.2009

a monthly magazine for our employee Apr.2009

The Power to Support Each Other

Meitec will kick off the new fiscal year starting April 1 with a dismal utilization rate. It’s a key priority to boost the utilization rate above the current level, and we’re directing all efforts toward that goal. The heads of engineering centers and other sales staff are in charge of receiving orders, conducting sales negotiations and concluding business contracts, but we want every staff member to work hard to win maximum results from sales activities.

At engineering centers, the staff have already implemented a range of measures to increase the time and opportunities for making contact with potential and existing clients. The general affairs department staff are assisting sales personnel with paperwork beyond their regular work areas. The staff in the main office and the back office are reviewing their areas of responsibility and aiming to boost productivity so that they too can assist the engineering centers with clerical work. The carrier support center is focused on supporting measures adopted by the employees who are undergoing training during the voluntary education and training period, while training new graduates. Key engineers have also taken the initiative, determining what they can do at work sites to address the current crisis. All these things demonstrate what I call the “power to support each other,” a key attitude we’ve been cultivating over the last 35 years.

An organization—a company—exists to accomplish something that can’t be achieved by any one person, through the joint efforts of many. Therefore, I believe the degree of this “power to support to each other” is what determines the degree to which a company is powerful or not. Meitec has maintained its No. 1 position in the temporary staffing industry specializing in engineers because we enjoy the greatest “power to support each other” in the industry. We boast an extensive pool of engineers covering the full spectrum of the manufacturing industry. Thanks to all of our engineers who have met client expectations no matter what the challenge, over 35 years we’ve succeeded in building up our client base into the largest in the industry. This solid client base enables us to start new work assignments after contracts are terminated, and that hasn’t changed even in the current crisis. An engineer whose contract has terminated and another engineer whose contract has been extended at the same client company communicate even without actually exchanging words. Their silent conversation goes like this: “Make sure you bring me back here”—“OK, leave it to me.” We’ve even received orders in which a contract is renewed for an engineer whose term has been concluded. Thus, engineers not only support each other’s professional development but also protect each other’s employment. In this sense, the ultimate degree of mutual support is taking place in the temporary engineers staffing business. Our company has overcome challenges for 35 years precisely because we’ve cherished this power to support each other.

Allow me to repeat what I wrote last month. If each person waits for others to take the lead, nothing will happen and nothing will change. But the moment each one of us sees the problem as our own, and thinks and acts accordingly to the greatest possible extent, we’ll gain the power to overcome the crisis. That power will support the Company, and supporting the Company will in turn support ourselves, our co-workers and everyone else. I believe it’s our responsibility to take advantage of opportunities to grow by overcoming the current situation.

April, 2009