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Our Philosophy Behind Talent Development

"Bet on Passion" is a Recruit Group value based on respecting individual differences. We respect and welcome our employees' unique ideas and passions and provide them with plentiful opportunities for growth. Recruit's founding members were students who were greatly influenced by psychology. They believed in the power of intrinsic motivation, an idea that has since evolved into the backbone of Recruit Group's management system. Betting on passion has allowed Recruit Group to quickly grasp and respond to changes in the needs of our users and clients, which is how we've continued to grow and deliver valuable services for over 60 years. Our resolve to "Bet on Passion" is reflected in our talent development and performance management systems.

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Betting on Passion: How it works from the inside out

1. Embrace and capitalize on diverse strengths

"Bet on Passion" is underlined by the belief that we all have different curiosities, personalities, and strengths that are valuable. When we work together to pursue our passions, our differences can complement each other and create greater value. The combination of all of our different strengths and perspectives is ultimately what inspires innovation.

To put this concept into action, Recruit holds "Will-Can-Must Interviews," which aim to help employees set career goals based on their desires and strengths, the company's strategic vision, and the steps they'd need to take to achieve those goals. The Talent Development Committee then discusses and distributes the most appropriate job assignments based on employees' interests, with the perspectives of not only the direct manager but also lateral and oblique perspectives.

2. Ask "What do YOU want to do?"

At Recruit Group, employees are often asked, "Why are you here? What do YOU want to do?" These questions reflect the emphasis we place on employee autonomy. We believe that it is only possible to produce overwhelming results when there is a strong will to do so.All of our businesses and services are developed and operated by employees who have a bursting desire to solve a particular problem, challenge, or disadvantage.

In the words of our founder Hiromasa Ezoe: "Create your own opportunities and let the opportunities change you." Recruit Group is built on our collective impulse to make positive and impactful changes in the world. To foster that enthusiasm, we create opportunities for employees to explore and discover new interests and encourage them to participate in innovation-focused programs such as Ring, FORUM, and Indeed University.

3. Bank on autonomous growth

Recruit Group empowers employees by trusting them with responsibility and respecting their discretion. Engaging work assignments encourage ingenuity and deliver feelings of accomplishment that inspire confidence and further motivate employees. So we place a lot of emphasis on giving employees discretion in achieving results, even if at times those results appear beyond their current skill set. If an individual has a strong passion and seizes an opportunity proactively, even if they lack the initial capability to do so, we support them in every way, and push them to the limit. That is what "Bet on Passion" is all about.

This is how the Staffing SBU's unit management system and the HR Technology SBU's post-acquisition governance operate. By trusting and encouraging each organization to exercise discretion, we create more room for growth and enable faster, higher quality decision-making.

Our practice of embracing differences, drawing out intrinsic motivations, and giving employees opportunities to reach their full potential has been praised by international management scholars as an entirely unique talent development system. We are committed to nurturing our organizational competencies, meeting the expectations of society, and achieving resiliency by welcoming change.

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Sep 30, 2020

This article is based on information available at the time of publication.