Fun office rules in Japan


A recent ranking survey from goo Ranking looked at fun company rules that people would like to see introduced at their own workplace.


Between the 20th and 22nd of April 2011 1,110 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 60.5% of the sample were female, 10.8% in their teens, 16.2% in their twenties, 27.4% in their thirties, 26.4% in their forties, 9.3% in their fifties, and 9.9% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

While looking up some of the companies listed, I came across more office rules from Kayac (in English). The one I found most curious was:

Lucky Wages

All our staff can play as they earn with our lucky dice scheme. They can top up their basic monthly wage by rolling the dice, introducing an element of fun and chance into their working day.

Now that is quite, quite strange!

Ranking result

Q: What fun company rules would you like to see introduced at your own workplace? (Sample size=1,110)

Rank Rule Company Score
1 100,000 yen bonus for taking consecutive holidays Recruit Agent 100
2 Day off for own or family birthday Spicysoft 96.3
3 Non-smoking allowance Sato 81.4
4 One free day a week mixi 73.5
5 Half-day off for sales Hime and Company 51.5
6 iPod allowance system EC Studio 47.0
7 Garden Office (Can work in office in rooftop garden) Kokuyo 41.4
8 Date allowance system Control Plus 36.1
9 Domestic and overseas training camp travel Digital Stage 35.8
10 In-company university United Arrows 35.8
11 Pet congratulation and condolence system Hills Colgate 35.5
12 Broken-hearted holiday Hime and Company 34.6
13 Kitchen in office CookPad 34.6
14 Idea holiday Novarese 33.0
15 In-company romance support Nihon Shokken 26.5
16 Three free meals a day (cook oneself) Next Ninja 25.1
17 Overseas office system Kayac 20.6
18 In-office currency Cybridge 14.9
19 Lateness penalty – all-body tights Global Flex Planning 11.8
20 Expenses Tweet approval system Spicysoft 10.7
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  1. Lurker said,
    July 24, 2011 @ 18:52

    What’s the point of the 100 000 bonus? I mean, why would the company do it? 19 is LOL

  2. September 11, 2011 @ 09:16

    I didn’t understand all of those but if I worked for cookpad, I think I would like a kitchen in the office too!

    But I did see this article to provide some perspective on Hime and Company:

    It’s a company of 6 women that telemarkets cosmetics and similar products.

    #5 In order to go to “race to stores to hunt for bargains” they can take half-days off and then bring the shopping bags to work and talk about what they bought as compared to previously, they’d have to hide their shopping bags in lockers out of guilt after taking half-days off to go shopping.

    #12 Breaking up is like being sick (and I assume affects productivity). Women aged 24 and younger can take 1 day off a year, 25-29 can take 2 days off a year, and 30+ can take 3 days off a year.

    Paid leave.

    It sounds like the CEO of that company communicates with her staff and tries to accommodate things to make their working life and working experience with the company more positive.

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