Japanese company obliges telecommuters to pay colleagues in the office

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Japanese company obliges telecommuters to pay colleagues in the office

Japanese company Disco Corp. demanded that employees working from home pay those colleagues who continue to commute to work in the office, The Japan Times reported. Disco Corp. is a supplier of semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

“It is unfair to require some people to come while others stay at home. Corporate currency offers incentives and the choice is yours, ”CEO Kazuma Sekia told Bloomberg. Some employees disagreed with the practice, finding it too harsh, and left Disco, the CEO said.

According to him, at the beginning of the pandemic, about 40% of workers in the company decided to come to work, in connection with which they were paid large bonuses. He added that to date, almost 90% of employees preferred face-to-face presence, which led to a significant reduction in the amount of payments.

In 2011, Disco Corp. formed its own microeconomics in the company, creating the internal currency Will. Using it, the sales department pays factory workers to produce goods, and they, in turn, pay engineers to develop products. There is a fixed cost for office desks, computers and meeting rooms. When a company concludes a deal, the local currency is transferred along the chain, and the amount remaining at the end of each quarter is converted into real money, which is paid as a bonus.

The company has organized work from home since the beginning of the pandemic, but some of the employees were still forced to travel to production so that the factories did not stop production. Based on these circumstances, the company introduced a rule according to which employees who are remotely pay a certain amount in Will's local currency. This money is then distributed to those who continue to commute.

Kazuma Sekiya inherited the management of the company founded in 1937 by his great-grandfather.

When developing the domestic currency, computer games served as a source of inspiration, he told Bloomberg. According to the top manager, Will has reduced the number of overtime and unnecessary meetings. In the past tax year, the company posted record revenues and profits. The company's share price has more than tripled over the past five years, from 9,190 yen in June 2016 to 33,900 yen in June 2021.

In April, 27.9% of employees of Russian companies announced a decrease in wages after switching to remote work, another 15% said that their salaries had increased, and more than half of the respondents (57.1%) reported that remote work did not affect their wages. … This followed from a survey conducted by the CRM developer for the Megaplan company among 1546 employees and managers of small and medium-sized businesses.

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