Elephantech Way

Our 9 cultures

The development of human civilization is on course to consume all resources on our planet. Once considered a "philanthropic activity", reducing our environmental burden has become an urgent issue as, should we follow our current path, future generations will face a world in which the lack of resources make human survival impossible, regardless of the technologies we may possess.

Under such circumstances, Elephantech has set its mission to “Making the world sustainable with new manufacturing technologies” and will continue to exist to improve the world through the development of technologies that allow making things with vast reductions in environmental burden and workload.

Needless to say, it is no easy matter to develop new technologies that no one else has made, replace incumbent technologies and spread them across the world.We need to strengthen not only our technologies but also our organization itself by overcoming many failures.For that purpose, we have come up with the "Elephantech Way" which defines our Code of Conduct in 9 parts.

We strive for a Culture-based Management system. Rather than be bound by rules, our ideal is for each member to share a common culture and be able to decide and act independently based on their own beliefs and judgment. We do not value micromanagement. The role of managers at Elephantech is to spread the company's culture and to nurture each member of the team so that he or she can make the right decisions.

Elephantech's culture has a direct impact on its recruitment and employee evaluation in order to maintain its effectiveness and prevent it from becoming a meaningless slogan. People who don't fit our culture won't be hired. Conversely, we are willing to give a chance to those who may be slightly lacking in ability and experience should they fit our culture. We will continue to guide employees in fully adopting our culture, but repeated transgressions will not be tolerated regardless of how competent the employee is. We have no room in our organization for perpetrators of workplace harassment.

Finally, for those who are not yet part of our company, please do consider joining us should you agree with this "Elephantech Way" and wish to work at a company with such a culture or wish to build an organization with such a culture.

Fail Fast

You are trying to achieve something that no one has achieved before, it's inevitable that you fail at times on the way. You should consider failure as an asset and fail fast to accumulate learnings.

Concrete Example

  • We do not blame individuals for failure. To the contrary, we believe that individuals going ahead and making mistakes is beneficial and valuable for the team. Take the lead, fail fast and share your findings.
  • "Most successful startups are overnight successes. That night is usually somewhere between day 1000 and day 3500." "Keep on losing until you win." That's the essence of a startup. You may grow tired of failure, but that is the key to great success.

Speak Up

You should speak up when you see things you believe to be wrong, even if it is to your superiors or the CEO. Doing so is your professional duty.

Concrete Example

  • Be it inside or outside of the company, always try to honestly inform others of any problems or issues even if you'd rather hide or not mention them. You shouldn't try to just paper over the cracks.
  • In situations where the flow is taking things in a certain direction, it is highly valuable to be able to raise questions regarding potential risks and such.
  • No matter how incorrect the opinion may be, we will never belittle or ridicule the act of sharing an opinion.

Be Respectful

You should treat everybody equally and with respect so that you can share your opinions without worrying about knowledge, experience or age. We do not need people who look down on their team.

Concrete Example

  • At our company, every member speaks politely and respectfully to each other, regardless of relation or hierarchy. We do not encourage using work titles to address people, nor should you be patronizing toward younger colleagues. Whether you're speaking to someone younger than your own child or a student is irrelevant.
  • Being emotionally angry with others is not encouraged for any reason. Always communicate calmly and sincerely so as to not be emotional.

Have Integrity

You should always have integrity. No matter how successful you may be, there is no room in our organization for people who deceive, lie or who lack integrity.

Concrete Example

  • You must not deceive customers, no matter how much is at stake. The value our customers get should always be at the forefront of your thoughts at work.
  • We do not believe in such things as "justifiable lies". Hiding the truth won't be tolerated either. Always be honest, even when the truth is inconvenient to either party.

Maximize Your Productivity

You should always think about how to maximize the productivity of you and your team. We have no time to waste on unnecessary matters if we are to produce world class results with a small and efficient team.

Concrete Example

  • On an opportunity-loss basis, each person is worth more than 10,000 yen per hour. If using a taxi can get you more time, then please use a taxi. We don't consider luxurious first class tickets a necessity but, within reason, please reserve a seat in the train if it allows you to work during your commute.
  • We believe that short but frequent conversations are more valuable than occasional long discussions. You should actively make use of micro-meetings lasting no more than a few minutes.
  • The shorter the time you spend communicating to convey a content the better. We do not encourage meetings that exceed an hour, even when the meetings take place outside of our company. We encourage wrapping up meetings in 30 minutes as far as possible.

Be Open

You shouldn't hide things from or hold things in from your colleagues, nor should you withhold information from them. Our ideal is an organization in which people can speak openly.

Concrete Example

  • Strive for open conversations. Unless you have very good reason to keep something to yourself, use the "Open" channel on slack to openly talk about things. Also, please refrain from using direct messages in general.
  • Unless there is specific reason why not to do so, we encourage using the open space for internal meetings.

Inspire Others

You should behave in ways that inspire those around you. Do not behave in ways you don't wish to see imitated by others.

Concrete Example

  • People pay a lot of attention to the behaviors and actions of those around them. Each member, and especially managers, should be aware of this and strive for a behavior that they wish to see in others.
  • One of the things that separate harmless jokes from unacceptable pranks is whether it is suitable for reproduction and whether it has a positive influence on people. Refrain from doing things that would be troublesome should everyone follow suit.

Decide Autonomously

You should make your own decisions independently. Our ideal is for an environment in which each member can make their own decisions rather than be bound by rules or regulations. We seek openness that encourages correct decision making.

Concrete Example

  • The approval/control system is minimized to give all members authority to act on their own discretion as much as possible. We encourage each member to make their own decisions upon fully understanding the direction of their team and the company as a whole.
  • All activities aimed at improving employee decision making are welcome. We encourage reading, going to exhibitions or taking time to study during work hours.

Seek Exceptional Achievement

You should seek to achieve the exceptional. Our culture values humanness, but this doesn't mean you should be complacent.

Concrete Example

  • Our culture is one that offers freedom without compromising on results. For instance, you should decide at your own discretion when you should head home from work, regardless of whether your superiors are still at the office or not. However, at the same time, should you decide that there are things that still need to be done, our culture dictates that you should accomplish it by all means, even if it means staying late into the night, suddenly flying out on a business trip or coming to work on your day off in case of an emergency.
  • Set an average accomplishment rate of 80% as your goal. If you're looking to accomplish 100% every time, it is likely that you are setting your goals too low. In our culture where we welcome failure, we don't have room for people who fear falling short. Having said that, there is no point in not accomplishing anything, and so we believe it best to set an average accomplishment rate of 80% as your goal.