For a company to have unique regulations for the workplace is not uncommon and happens everywhere. But after reading a J-Cast report on some rules, posted by anonymous bloggers, the word "absurd" comes to mind.
Here are some examples posted by anonymous employees working for Japanese companies.
“Every morning when we arrive at the office, the first thing we are supposed to do is greet our company’s 'special’ female coworker. We never know why we are forced to do so, because her status is not above ours. In fact, we don’t know what her status is. We are also not allowed to leave before her. If this happens, we are called to publicly apologize in front of everyone at work.”
“When we get to work, we are required to greet the boss’ dog. This should happen before we greet our colleagues or even the boss himself. In cases where someone has forgotten, they are given a lecture on morals by the boss."
“Our boss has a bell on his desk, which he uses to summon us. He never pronounces our names. When the bell rings, we know what to ask: “Coffee or tea, sir? His desk is just two meters away from ours. It’s not that far, but maybe he doesn’t like calling people by their names.”
“In our company, women are forbidden from putting on makeup. On top of that, the only underwear we are allowed to wear is white or beige. We are also not allowed to date guys under 23. If they catch us doing so, they cut our monthly pay and ask us to write and submit an official self-reflection letter. When we eventually find a marriage partner, we have to introduce him to the boss and ask for his blessings.”
“When I was working at a department store as an elevator girl, we all had to keep our possessions in a bag that was specifically for work. While this is common for some types of jobs, what was strange in our case was that full time employees had a Chanel bag, contract employees had a Louis Vuitton, and part-timers had no-brand bags. That was the unspoken rule. Also, when we are in the restroom, we can't leave before any full time employees do. In fact, we have to hold the door for them.”
J-Cast concludes that while those company rules are absurd to the point of being frightening, what is worth a more serious discussion here is not only the fact that the hierarchy at work allows those on top to treat their subordinates as they wish, but also that those subordinates are put in a situation where they must follow the rules only for the sake of remaining employed.© Japan Today