A survey conducted by a consulting company found that 49.2% of respondents at Japanese companies have “old guys who do not work.”
Shikigaku, located in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, conducted a survey on April 27-28 asking 300 employees who work for companies with staffs of 300 or more, “Is there a old guy who doesn’t work’ in the company you work for?” Of all the respondents, including men and women between the ages 20 and 39, 49.2% agreed.
Those who agreed were then asked what the “non-working old guys” do at work. The top three answers included “many breaks for smoking and eating” with 49.7%, “staring off into space” with 47.7% and “talking wastefully” with 47.3%. Lastly, around 35.3% said “browsing the internet.”
When respondents were asked why they believed these men were not working, 45% stated that “they have no desire to work,” while 41% said that their “salary will increase even if [they] do not produce results.”
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The survey also found that many respondents believe the “non-working old guys” have an adverse effect on their work environment: 60% stated that they decrease the morale for other employees, while 49% said that their own workload is increased.
Respondents were asked to share some of their most shocking experiences with the “old guy who does not work.” A 34-year-old woman said that one man went for a cigarette break for 30 minutes followed by another 30-minute restroom break. He then went for another cigarette break while stating that he did not have time for work.
“I only play mobile games,” a 37-year-old man said he heard one “old guy” say.
“I’m just talking wastefully and my hands aren’t moving,” another 30-year-old woman recalled hearing.