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2016 is drawing to a close. This has been a big year of firsts for Konica Minolta because of the hard work and dedication of our employees.
We have created the Workplace of the Future,™ staking our claim as the leader in office innovation. Work is not where you are. Work is what you get done. We will transform work, allowing companies and their employees to work more productively, more efficiently and more collaboratively and, especially, more securely.
We have expanded our offerings in the print production space, opening up exciting new revenue streams for our graphic communication clients. Our flagship AccurioJet KM-1 puts us firmly in the digital inkjet market, enabling commercial printers to produce high-quality offset print jobs and develop highly personalized short-run applications. The bizhub PRESS C71cf is a new digital press for the label and packaging industry, benefitting businesses as they transition from conventional printing to digital technology. The C71cf is the first of many new products that supports our strategy in the label and packaging industry market.
Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Business Intelligence Services and Product Planning
The workplace is evolving, and work and life are becoming more integrated. To stay competitive, organizations around the world are investing in the employee experience to attract and retain top talent.
But what exactly is the employee experience and how do companies adapt? We recently tapped into Future of Work authority and best-selling author Jacob Morgan to get some insight.
According to Morgan, a simple explanation of employee experience is that it’s the difference between a workforce who has to show up, and one who wants to show up. This doesn’t necessarily involve fancy perks; instead, Morgan describes it as a combination of three unique environments that focus on:
The culture the company creates
The physical work environment (the workspace) and very importantly
Technology, or the tools that are available to employees in order to do their jobs.
“Technology is the central nervous system of an organization,” says Morgan. “It connects everyone and everything.”
Based on research from his upcoming book, The Employee Experience Advantage (March 2017) he expanded on the role that technology plays in employee experience in a webinar we presented as part of our Workplace of the Future initiative. He summarizes the factors that organizations need to consider when vetting technologies with the “ACE” formula:
Available to everyone: New technologies and tools should be available to all employees who want to use them.
Consumer-grade: It should be so beautiful, easy and valuable that employees would consider using something like it in their personal lives.
Employee needs vs. business objectives: It’s easy to get caught up in the business needs the technology meets while ignoring how they will be utilized. It’s important to understand how the employees will actually be able to use the tools.
“It’s important to think of your organization more like a lab, and less like a factory,” says Morgan. “It’s especially important when we’re thinking about technology.”
Learn more about the trends that are reshaping the Future of Work, and the role of technology in the Employee Experience by watching the replay here:
Everyone has the power to make the world a better place.
This concept is the cornerstone of the growing social movement #GivingTuesday, which takes place today, November 29. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and partnership. The idea is simple: in the midst of consumer-driven events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday encourages people to come together and celebrate acts of generosity and kindness, no matter how large or how small.
As a movement, #GivingTuesday doesn’t actually accept donations. It aims to connect donors with non-profits and spread the general spirit of giving. There are so many reasons to give, especially around the holidays. Our world is facing serious challenges, including poverty and food shortages. There are people in need in almost every community.
Giving doesn’t need to cost money and can fit into your busy schedule. Everyone has something to give, whether it’s helping a child with their homework, lending a hand to an elderly neighbor or buying a coffee for the person in line behind you at Starbucks. If everyone contributed one act of kindness this #GivingTuesday, imagine how many people would have a better day! (more…)
Our world is facing countless challenges, from poverty and food insecurity to climate change. Solutions are needed, but we’re often left wondering how we can help. I believe that each of us can make a positive change in our world, starting right where we are.
I’m proud to work for a company that’s using its resources to create social change. Konica Minolta’s commitment to society is shared by employees all over the world, stemming from its management philosophy, “The Creation of New Value.” Corporations are in a unique position to make a difference with resources like in-kind and monetary donations and employee volunteer time. Through programs like the “3 Green Activities” and the “Clean Planet Program,” Konica Minolta and more than 43,000 employees in 150 countries have been enacting change for years on a global level.
For the first time in the 240 years that America has existed, a woman was nominated for president by a major political party. Regardless of your political ideology, this is truly the largest crack in the glass ceiling and one that I am proud to have witnessed.
This point in history is especially significant now, as we will soon mark the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified on August 18, 1920. In the 96 years since women were given the right to vote, we have made great strides in equality. From education to employment, women today have so many opportunities.
These opportunities, coupled with hard work, have enabled me to receive an exceptional education including a post-graduate degree. These opportunities have allowed me to enter the corporate world and to grow and excel in each new role I have been given. These opportunities have given me the ability to sponsor an initiative close to my heart: the creation of Step Forward, an employee group focused on giving the women of Konica Minolta ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.
When it comes to building a world-class sales team, two things are critical: hiring and coaching.
Konica Minolta is a leader in both. Nowhere is this more evident than every July, when the best of the best in our sales organization gathers at President’s Club to celebrate their successes, share best practices and learn innovative sales techniques to continue to take their game to the next level.
As president of our direct channel sales organization, I am thankful for these individuals. People who embody the company’s philosophy to create new value, not only for society but also for each and every one of our clients by solving their business problems and being their trusted partner.
We can all be inspired by them. We can all take a page out of the President’s Club playbook and aspire to greatness with each interaction on behalf of the company. Regardless of our role, we must bring Konica Minolta’s 6 Values to every customer experience.
As an enthusiastic wine maker, I’m always drawn to the feelings that wine brings to me: relaxation, good company, family, fun. I believe I share these feelings with many others who look for the same connections in life. Whether I make the wine or buy it, I always think that one of the most important aspects is the presentation, led by the label. What’s a better way to attract attention than a high-quality foil and varnished label? I feel the same way about our technology. At the end of the day, there is always a person, like me, who wants to offer creativity to the world.
Our quest to bring new and exciting solutions that draw the kind of feelings I noted above is always ongoing. One great example is our investment in the MGI Digital Graphic Technology product line. A French-based leading decorative printing equipment manufacturer, MGI doesn’t just give Konica Minolta a clear point of difference in its growing product line, but our customers get one as well – along with an opportunity to jump into a growing market.
I recently had a manager on my team ask me how I achieved my position in the company. Truthfully, I didn’t set forth on each new project or task with the goal of getting a promotion. Each of my decisions was tactical, aligned with corporate goals and personal goals to improve productivity and make an impact within the organization. But, looking back, I can see a connection, a connection to certain projects that I am especially proud of.