Japanese government workers punished with pay cuts for leaving office two minutes earlier
While most office hours are eight to nine hours long, it’s not uncommon for employees to log off a few minutes earlier, especially if they have previous appointments. However, not in Japan. There are reports that some government employees have been punished by the organization they work for for leaving their posts just two minutes before the scheduled time. They should have suffered pay cuts for the same. Usually, when employees leave their workplace two to three minutes earlier, it is either an attempt to get home faster or simply an unconscious act. A few minutes here or there hardly makes a difference.
Unfortunately, the Funabashi Town School Board in Chiba Prefecture did not appreciate the fact that more than 300 early departures were recorded between May 2019 and January 2021. In some cases, the company has found that many employees had written fake times on their cards in order to log out earlier.
They also found that a senior employee took the lead when it came to signing out early. As punishment, the 59-year-old’s salary will be cut by one-tenth over the next three months. It was found that she had logged out two minutes earlier each day instead of logging out at 5:15 pm which was the scheduled time. She was doing it to take the bus at 5:17 p.m.
Two other senior executives received written warnings. Four other staff members received strict notices.
This is not the first time that such an incident has been reported in Japan. In 2018, official punished after finding out he was leaving his office for three minutes before his designated lunch break in order to purchase lunch. In short, the employee was punished for eating his lunch three minutes before it was “due”.
In contrast, Spain appears to be paying more attention to work-life balance as it prepares to begin its trial for a four day work week. If approved, Spain could be one of the first countries in the world to have a four-day week. The trial would be a pilot trial for companies interested in the program.
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