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(The New York Times)   Japanese firms attempt to bore unwanted employees into quitting voluntarily. Fark: by giving them subby's dream job   ( nytimes.com) divider line
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2013-08-22 09:21:29 AM  
13 votes:

Sybarite: My god, I would get so much reading done.

Or so you think...

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2013-08-22 09:20:39 AM  
13 votes:
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2013-08-22 09:23:23 AM  
4 votes:

Raging Thespian: Sybarite: My god, I would get so much reading done.

Or so you think...

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By ONE BLOODY SECOND, you schmuck.
2013-08-22 09:22:36 AM  
3 votes:

ds_4815: Sybarite: My god, I would get so much reading done.


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Ooh, so close...
2013-08-22 10:19:26 AM  
2 votes:
They could call it the Wally Room
2013-08-22 10:13:27 AM  
2 votes:

Debeo Summa Credo: Paying people to do nothing or to do something that is worth less than you are paying them is detrimental to the economy.

Shouldn't we capitalize it as "The Economy" and create small shines in our homes dedicated to it, festooned with fetishes, flowers, and small animal skulls?
2013-08-22 09:45:54 AM  
2 votes:
Last job I had, my boss tried to get me to quit because he couldn't fire me, so he cut my hours down to 20 a week. I went home every day at lunch time and loved the hell out of it. This lasted about a year until one of the other workers in our department of three got cancer and took an extended leave. I worked full time for a few more months until my other coworker took a three week vacation and it was just me in the office. I called in sick two days in a row and quit on the third day. I still get tickled thinking about that fat lazy bastard running around doing my job for those three weeks.
2013-08-22 09:21:30 AM  
2 votes:

Sybarite: My god, I would get so much reading done.


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2013-08-22 09:19:27 AM  
2 votes:
My god, I would get so much reading done.
2013-08-22 01:34:27 PM  
1 vote:
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It took this long?
2013-08-22 01:26:15 PM  
1 vote:
Are they untrainable for anything else? Even cleaning up the place, sorting files? Seems like a complete waste of manpower. I know a guy whose job it is just to scan old Air Force records from the lat 40's on up. He will bedoing that for the rest of his life probably.

They should just do what my job does, give the person the shiat work and hope they quit or screw up so they can be fired. A boss I had a few years ago tried to do that to me after I "stabbed him in the back". All I did was show the staff some of the policies that they can use to get around him when he was being a massive dick. He gave me the shiat work and I did it with a smile on my face and thats all I did the shiat work because it was my job nothing else, I no longer killed myself trying to make sure the report was clean at the end of the night or anything else because he said it was no longer my job that place went down the shiatter quick. He dragged me into the office and we had a nice convo:

Devil: Just keep doing what youre doing and you will get fired!
Groppet: What am I doing?
Devil: You know what you are doing, keep doing it and you will be fired!
Groppet: I'm sorry but am I not doing my job correct have their been complaints about my work. As far as I know and have been trained everything is correct.
Devil: You know what you are doing.
Groppet: Sir I am only doing the job you assigned me to and if I am not doing it correctly you should inform me of improvments I can make. (holding back the laughter as he got redder and redder)
Devil: (Very Angry) You know you are setting a bad example and I should fire you for that.
(meanwhile all his buddies he hired sit around doing nothing all day)
Groppet: Sir you havent been clear with me about what you expect maybe we should bring your boss and the client in to discuss what is expected of me.
Devil: Get out!

I went outside and laughed after that he was transfered a few months after that and left mysteriously after that.
2013-08-22 12:56:46 PM  
1 vote:

Carn: Holy fark!  They let you sit there and surf all day?  You still get paid?  Do they not let you pee or something?  I'm not seeing the downside here.

You would think it would be all upside but I'm here to let you all know that it's really not. In my early 20s I got a job through an agency at St. Elizabeth's doing some filing. It was a 6 month assignment because there was an office who hadn't filed shiat in like 5 years and they assumed it would take a significant amount of time for someone to put it in all order. I went in and had everything filed by lunch on my third day. On the fourth day, I put together a little color coded system to help them identify what year a file was from. They were so impressed that instead of trying to send me bak to the agency they kept me on as a file room clerk to basically retreive files when they needed them. Difficulty: Nobody ever needed a file.

The file room was a windowless...file room. It was just what you'd expect it to look like. It wasn't just in the basement, but it was also down a hall and around another corner from the office where everyone else worked.

From the beginning of my second week until the end of the assignment, I had a routine. I would come in around 9ish, turn on sportstalk radio and read the Washington Post online...Metro section, Sports section, and Front page, in that order. Then, I would surf the web for...whatever (except porn). I would literally sit at the computer, think of a topic, and just search eveything related to it. Dog fights. Videos of people falling down. The Civil War. UFOs. That's actually how I found FARK.  I would do this until 11:35, when I would take my lunch. Leaving at 11:35 allowed me to eat a sandwich, smoke a blunt in the car, and get back in time for the start of the Jim Rome Show at noon. Rome and more internet would get me to 3pm. 3 - 5 was always a bit rocky because I hated the guy who hosted the sportstalk show i that spot on the station I listened too. I'd write stories. Plan finances and vacations. Read books that I brought from home. It was all good...for a while.

I'd say it really started to become a problem about two months in. I was getting restless. God forbid Jim Rome had a guest host because I'd be bored out of my mind. I had very limited interaction with anyone for a majority of the day. I'd be happy as shiat to hear someone coming down the hall just so that I could get a few minutes of conversation, and I'm one of the most introverted people I know. I was going stir crazy. In late February, when I had about a month and a half left on the assignment, I started calling my friend's brother (who owns a landscaping company) to see when they were going to complete the winter break and get back to work. I was so bored, I would rather have done hard, manual labor than sit in that room staring at the computer. It seems weird, but that is not a dream job.
2013-08-22 12:40:41 PM  
1 vote:

mediablitz: Egoy3k: Honestly it seems like all you labor theorists haven't actually worked in a real job and have no understanding of the fact that as unfortunate as it is sometimes people get laid off. Life happens

More often than not, the layoff has ZERO to do with how well the person was doing their job. Saying "hey, shiat happens!" shows the American mentality towards workers as sub-human. Easily tossed aside.

But boy oh boy, leave a job with no notice, and what a horrible person you are, leaving the company stuck like that!

It's amazing how well corporate America has brainwashed so many. And you hear the "older" generation biatching about how Gen X'ers don't have the "work ethic" anymore. That's because they have seen the crap stain that is "corporate honesty", and don't fall for the "be loyal to your company" bullshiat.

Yeah that's why it's called a layoff. If it was a problem with the employee then it would be called getting fired.  What greater good are you looking for here exactly? Companies going out of business and all of their employees losing their jobs isn't exactly a bright utopian future.
2013-08-22 12:37:38 PM  
1 vote:

Silly_Sot: Anything else is childish naivete.

I once had a worker complain to me about a decision I made, "All this company cares about is money!"  My response was, "Well yeah. Why do you come to work?"
2013-08-22 12:20:27 PM  
1 vote:
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Matchstick Boats?
2013-08-22 12:18:12 PM  
1 vote:
can i telecommute???
2013-08-22 11:52:50 AM  
1 vote:

ds_4815: Raging Thespian: Sybarite: My god, I would get so much reading done.

Or so you think...

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By ONE BLOODY SECOND, you schmuck.

The quick and the redundant.   First and first loser.  Ha.  What a shameful day ds_4815 must be having.  To go from witty to redundant in the span of one second.  If samurai had the internet, I bet what happened to you would be grounds for committing seppuku.
2013-08-22 11:10:04 AM  
1 vote:

The Irresponsible Captain: So, write a book, read, and complain on Fark all day?

What's the downside?

No fapping.
2013-08-22 10:34:43 AM  
1 vote:
If the Japanese find out about Fark, Drew is going to get rich.
2013-08-22 10:31:59 AM  
1 vote:
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2013-08-22 10:18:35 AM  
1 vote:
The described job is what any server administration job is when properly done.
2013-08-22 10:06:42 AM  
1 vote:

bdub77: "I won't leave," Mr. Tani said. "Companies aren't supposed to act this way. It's inhumane."

The Holocaust is inhumane. North Korean prison camps are inhumane.  You are simply irrelevant and don't wish to go out and find a new job. And that's cool, but not inhumane.

Japanese people are just overly dramatic. I had a friend use that word once when I asked if she wanted to get a beef bowl.

Me: "Let's go to Nakau."
Her: "No. It's inhumane."
Me: "What is? The way they treat the cows?"
Her: "No. You have to buy a ticket at that machine and sit at the counter and stuff..."
Me: "I don't think you're using that word properly."

We ended up at a Chinese place.
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2013-08-22 09:47:59 AM  
1 vote:

wildcardjack: Dude, you made magnetic tapes. Either you didn't read the writing on the wall or you ignored it, but about your mid 30's you should have seen the optical disk was going to completely chase you out of your job.

And the vast majority of the people (and the people who constantly biatch about Liberal Arts on Fark) want this future for the U.S.  Turn education into job training and then put the people out to pasture when their very specific job training is no longer needed.

This is a problem with this corporation, not with these people.  The corporation doesn't want to spend a dime retraining someone who was specifically "educated" to perform a certain job. 

And, of course the corporate sycophant club on Fark will reply "of course."
2013-08-22 09:33:07 AM  
1 vote:

Nhojwolfe: Geesh a company being held accountable for the employees that helped them get where they are.
We must get rid of this immediatly.

Yeah god forbid Sony stop making magnetic tape in 2013.
2013-08-22 09:31:57 AM  
1 vote:

NutWrench: Carn: Holy fark!  They let you sit there and surf all day?  You still get paid?  Do they not let you pee or something?  I'm not seeing the downside here.

I'm guessing it's a cultural thing where you're supposed to be deeply ashamed that you're not working your fingers to the bone every second of the day to contribute to the greater glory of the company or something.

I wish they'd try that here in the U.S.

Me too, I'd totally pretend to be ashamed for that job.
2013-08-22 09:25:27 AM  
1 vote:
For a country that has long prided itself on stability and relatively equitable incomes,

As long as your privates dangle.
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