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What?! Getting Compensation for Going out with Co-workers on Holidays?!

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A Shanghainese and a Taiwanese staff member, both of them socially quite active, mentioned to one of our board members the following:

  • There are some foreign staff members who would like to interact more with Japanese staff members on private occasions.
  • Some of them are spending their weekends alone and are lonely.

They also suggested the following:

  • Can there be occasions such as Japanese culture learning events on weekends, for example walking around in Kamakura, Asakusa, or going to see a fireworks display?
  • Can the company make it an official event and compensate attendants, such as 1000 to 2000yen per person?

We actually have tried to get our Administration Management Group (AMG) members to plan some companywide events, but events became so overwhelming, and it was difficult to actualize them, let alone make them roll out. On top of that, it would tie up some of AMG members' weekends which I do not consider a good thing.

Hearing this, at the board meeting this week, directors discussed what to do about it. We concluded that e-Jan staff going out together regardless of nationality is preferred, so we came up with the following:

  • Anyone can plan events and they become planners.
  • Anyone should be able to attend the event. However, events as Joshi-kai (girls' gathering), Danshi-kai (boys' gathering), Japanese gathering, etc. are not acceptable since they limit the attendants.
  • The planners should create a flyer of the event and give it to AMG in advance for approval.
  • AMG checks the content of the plan and if approves, tags the flyer to the company bulletin board.
  • Ones who want to attend should write their names onto the flyer.
  • Attendants gets 1500yen per person per month as compensation.

Let's roll this out, although we still need to check about the tax situation to see if we can make this an official system. We may come up with plans such as, ponder around Akarenga of Yokohama, go skiing, go fishing, go to a vacation house, etc. I would also like to check how many times per month the company can compensate.

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