Fun office rules in Japan

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

Demographics

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)

RankRuleCompanyScore
1100,000 yen bonus for taking consecutive holidaysRecruit Agent100
2Day off for own or family birthdaySpicysoft96.3
3Non-smoking allowanceSato81.4
4One free day a weekmixi73.5
5Half-day off for salesHime and Company51.5
6iPod allowance systemEC Studio47.0
7Garden Office (Can work in office in rooftop garden)Kokuyo41.4
8Date allowance systemControl Plus36.1
9Domestic and overseas training camp travelDigital Stage35.8
10In-company universityUnited Arrows35.8
11Pet congratulation and condolence systemHills Colgate35.5
12Broken-hearted holidayHime and Company34.6
13Kitchen in officeCookPad34.6
14Idea holidayNovarese33.0
15In-company romance supportNihon Shokken26.5
16Three free meals a day (cook oneself)Next Ninja25.1
17Overseas office systemKayac20.6
18In-office currencyCybridge14.9
19Lateness penalty – all-body tightsGlobal Flex Planning11.8
20Expenses Tweet approval systemSpicysoft10.7
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2 comments »

  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:

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2008/01/28/us-japan-leave-idUST8913820080128

    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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