“I want you to keep doing your best work as you return to being a regular member of the staff.”
It was in the early spring of 2010, and I had spent several months in a demoted role. Thanks to everyone’s efforts in rebuilding the company,dmr! wasfinally starting to show signs of recovery. Hearing my director’s words, I could reaffirm that I had made a contribution to the recovery, but, at the same time, I understood that my performance was not yet up to scratch and that there was still a lot left that I wanted to do; so I simply responded, “I will”.
At the time,dmr! was still in extreme financial difficulty, and unless we increased employee productivity, the large deficit was set to continue. So, the company revised the personnel system in line with work performance, and I was demoted. The other nine members of staff who were demoted along with me didn’t accept the decision and quit the company. But my decision was to accept the demotion and stay at dmr! This is because I thought that this kind of challengeis rare in life, and if I could just get through it, I would be able to grow as a person. I set back to work with the nervous excitement that this could be my last chance at dmr!.
In order to rebuild dmr!the core product of the time was switched, and along with that switch many points had to be revised, such as the restructuring of the Sales and World Logistics Divisions. There was a huge amount to get done: operating the organization in a way that maximized the talent of all our staff, with their various ways of working as regular employees, part-time staff and interns; devising ways to avoid being caught up in a fierce price battle; and ensuring the seamless operation of our Shibuya store and online shop. Sometimes, when meetings were held up by something trivial, we would attempt to get the project moving at an appropriate pace by collectively reminding ourselves of the bigger picture. While it is good for a project to progress quickly, we had to examine such problems so as not to overlook something that, although trivial at first glance, could have had a serious impact on usability from the customer’s perspective.
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