Whatever the field of business, one can usually find some staff who simply aren't earning their pay. And others may not be good team players who stir up morale problems at the office.
To deal with these individuals, reports Weekly Playboy (Aug 9), a new occupation called "yamesaseya" has appeared. These are specialists who apply various forms of skullduggery to coerce unwanted regular company staff to submit their resignations.
"With the prolonged recession, companies are nearing the limits of what they can do to cut costs," says Mr A, who's based in the metropolitan Tokyo area. "As a last resort, the ones still not able to pull off a recovery have begun to try to force out regular staff."
Ordinarily, A goes on to say, it's almost impossible to dismiss regular company staff who have not committed some serious infraction of company work rules. So that's where he and his colleagues come in. Their most straightforward method is to conduct a preliminary study of the target's behavioral patterns.
"Such a study is a pretty mundane, but achieves steady results," says Mr B, who is based in the Kansai area. "It's especially effective in getting rid of lazy workers."
B cites an example of a worker who consistently failed to boost his sales results. A tail was put on him for one week, and the operatives found that practically every day during working hours he went for a soak after lunch in a public bath followed later in the evening by a visit to a "pink" shop.
After the "yamesaseya" submitted snapshots of the target's various transgressions to his employers, the man was summoned by the personnel manager, who informed him that he'd been spotted patronizing the bath house and massage parlor by "various eyewitnesses."
Confronted with irrefutable evidence, the man had no choice but to resign.
Another team of "yamesaseya" operatives was hired by a group of five female employees at a company, who pooled their money to get rid of one of their bosses. The alleged offender, the head of the company's personnel division, was not only a serial sexual harasser; he also arranged to hire only the types of women he found personally attractive.
According to the aforementioned A, the first effort to nudge the man out involved complaining about the man's predatory sexual behavior to one of his company's main customers.
"But instead of raising an issue over it, they made efforts to sweep it under the carpet," explains A.
"So for our second try we arranged to have a female operative telephone the man's wife," A continues. "As it turned out, he'd had earlier troubles at a previous company and she knew all about his habits."
The wife was understandably infuriated and eager to join forces with her hubby's victims. By the time it was all over, the man had lost both his job and his home.
A has two femme fatales on his payroll, one in her late 20s who formerly worked as a cabaret club hostess, and a divorcee in her 40s.
Nevertheless one of A's female operatives says she and her colleagues maintain a rigid policy of never engaging in sex with a target.
"For instance, if we go to a hotel with the target, we'll steer him to one we know has no vacant rooms," she explains. "Then when we walk out together, another operative will be hiding in position to snap photos."
If the entrapped worker refuses to resign, the next step is to circulate the incriminating photos of him via emails on the company's internal network.
Operative B introduces another scam, which involves posing as a headhunter who approaches the targeted employee with the pretense of scouting him out for a higher-paying job.
Boasting of a recent success, B relates how he offering a target a new job paying 1.5 times more than his current wages. The man promptly submitted his resignation --- only to find that the new position that awaited him never existed.
"We don't know what became of him after that," B tells the magazine.© Japan Today