I had an interview of a female proficient in language studying in Keio University.
She graduated from a university in Beijing and worked in a bank taking financial planner.
I was interested in her given her experiences unique to KOMA.
Usually, an interview starts before noon, we ask the candidate to experience our manufacturing processes in our factory after brief greeting.
We eat lunch Takeuchi Mai-chan prepares for us in short period of time together, and in the afternoon return to manufacturing processes, we pay daily allowance which may not be large amount.
Next step would be part-time job either once a week or three months trail.
It is not meant for us to observe the candidate but the candidate to observe us.
We would like for candidates to judge whether they are able to continue the job or not through the working experience.
We would like to ask for candidates to select their working places providentially.
We have been many people who joined and left KOMA.
I appreciate those who stayed with me in tough time and I have selfish opinion some of them would be regrettable.
In most cases, their leaves are attribute to me and/or the company. With the reflection of each experience, working environment of KOMA has been improved.
I understand that the growth of the company is identical to growths of its employees, I am struggling to understand what is the environment where employees are able to energetically grow with keeping motivations.
It would not be easy to achieve.
I have tried my best at the time, however when reviewed, many of past improvements might not be good.
From this winter, thanks to efforts of existing members, KOMA started new challenges which may fundamentally change working environment of KOMA.
The working hour is defined as 8 hours per day, 20 days per month, and the overtime work is limited to 2 hours per day.
Total working hours per month would be ranging from 160 hours to 200 hours per month.
There would be 10 holidays per month, which would be spent on things other than jobs.
Employees have autonomy how to spend the time, we have invented the system for the company to sell products employees make in their free time with their introduction in the sales promotion at the company store after the company's purchase of them. We have invented a system where employees are able to challenge or learn processes which cannot be conducted in their standard working hors due to limitation.
Whatever reasons including "I would like to improve my skills" or "I would like to make more money", challenges are open to those who would like to do.
Given highly motivated, our employees would grow faster when they have more free than have constrain made by the company.
At least, those who like manufacturing something and are motivated to proceed.
The future of occupation of craftsmen would not necessarily good as other occupations.
In the near future, most hand techniques would become inferior to machine technology, and the Artificial Intelligence would become better than experiences of human-beings in terms of efficient plan and design.
I cannot imagine progresses of global technology in the future.
However, I have optimistic personal view "There would not be any issues as long as one has originality."
Craftsmen would acquire their own originality after continuous manufacturing of significant number of their works.
The required amount of products would be several times larger than the ordinary craftsman, however, that is it.
The wave of age moves in variable shape irrespective of our personal desires.
Immediately after resist the wave and refusing changes, we would be left in the wave with losing anything up and down, left and right after being mobbed.
It would be difficult to dealing with the wave, which would be unexpectedly quicker and bigger, at the same time, I would be optimistic "it would be really fun to ride the wave" as feeling in surfing.
We need to change because we would not like to change.
In case of KOMA, we need to change along with changes of the world in order to keep our original purpose, "We would like to make good furniture."
Universal products can be expressed only after years of challenges.
KOMA would like to the group of craftsmen, each member has plenty of his/her own originality, enjoying changes.
One of my own selfish original goal at my training period is establishing "the company like a rock band" where each member plays as the shining lead member with increasing funs of products his/her originality.
We cannot make products accepted by everybody and no company is comfortable working place for everybody.
Given being limited, I appreciate clients and employees who are resonated with KOMA.
A female adequately learned about product design and nice-looking male coming from Korea take once a week part-time job in KOMA.
Both are attractive and have made efforts.
The Chinese female interviewed this time had to go back to China due to her family matters.
She is supposed to be extremely smart because she is able to master languages just looking at movies.
She is cheerful and cute.
She was delighted as jumping to have a KOMA parker as gift from us.
"I will promote KOMA wearing this parker !"
"I would like to be informed when visiting China because I would like to help you !"
"If I am able to come back to Japan, I would like to have an opportunity to work in KOMA !"
It was just several hours interactions, however, I felt we are supposed to have interactions in the future.
I would not be good in blain, face, and personality, however, I have strong confidence in my insight.