Employees whose positions have been removed are usually fired. The layoff rules in Japan, however, are very different from those we’re used to and usually, they are extremely disadvantageous for employers. For example, early retirement packages at Sony are equivalent to as much as 54 months of pay.
Not willing to pay such amounts, companies came up with the solution of “chasing-out rooms” where employees have to spend their working days doing literally nothing. They can read special literature or watch videos online. At the end of the day, they have to file a report on these activities.
Sony doesn’t think that these “boredom rooms” are a bad thing. Critics say that the real point of the rooms is to make employees feel forgotten and worthless — and eventually just make them quit.
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