Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic will now offer the option of four-day work weeks to its employees.
The decision was made amidst a growing number of Japanese and global companies offering longer weekends, according to Bloomberg, signaling a new wave of greater work-life balance.
Three managers at a home renovation company in Zunyi, Guizhou province, China were arrested for subjecting their employees to severe punishment for not reaching their sales quota.
A video featuring what appears to be a female supervisor slapping employees in the face recently went viral in China, prompting widespread criticism online.
Netizens reportedly expressed outrage at the video, which showed the workers chanting as they crawled on the floor like animals.
A company in Japan has announced it will give family support benefits to its otaku employees who are “married” to their beloved anime characters.
Whether it’s a waifu, term coined to describe an anime “wife”, or husbando, the counterpart to waifu, which is a fandom slang for “husband”, employees with anime spouses will now receive the same benefits as those with IRL ones.
In the hopes of improving employee performance, a Chinese company has implemented an unusual form of punishment for its less productive workers — they must eat live worms in public.
The firm, a home furnishing store in Hanzhong, Shaanxi Province, conducts the unusual penalty in a public square, according to People’s Daily Online (via the Straits Times).
Many companies across America wouldn’t hire an applicant who admitted to smoking marijuana, but in Colorado, where pot is legal, some tech startups have embraced their workers’ cannabis consumption.
One of those startups is Denver-based Flowhub, which was founded in 2015 by Kyle Sherman and Chase Wiseman to develop software for cannabis growers and dispensaries. According to CNN, the company currently has 18 employees that often bring marijuana-infused edibles and drinks to work — smoking isn’t allowed in the building.
A survey conducted last month revealed that companies who offer free snacks to their employees have the happiest work environments.
The survey from online grocery-delivery company Peapod questioned 1,000 office employees questioned about their companies’ snack privileges, reports USA Today. Of those surveyed, 56% reported being either “extremely happy” or “very happy” with their employers. Among that percentile, 67% were offered free food as a company perk.
In an office far, far away in the UK, a team of creatives used 3,579 sticky notes to create four different murals of Star Wars characters.
Viking, an office supply store in the UK, used sticky notes to create animated versions of Darth Vader, R2-D2, Yoda and a Stormtrooper, according to a blog post.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted a new protocol mandated by the Dodd-Frank financial law that will require large companies to disclose their median compensation level starting in 2018.
The law was established for the benefit of company shareholders as they will be presented with more information pertaining to how executives are paid. While this law will undoubtedly benefit shareholders it may also come with some unintended backlash.
In an ideal world, all company executives would share their success with the many workers that made that success possible. We don’t live in that kind of world, but we still have CEOs like Nevzat Aydin, who recently paid out $27 million from his company’s recent buyout to his employees as a bonus.
Aydin is the CEO and co-founder of the Turkish food delivery company, Yemeksepeti, which recently sold for $589 million to Berlin takeout service company Delivery Hero. Aydin decided to split $27 million among 114 employees, all of whom he believes had a hand in making the company the success it is today.
Just before 7 p.m on Monday this week, Walmart, possibly the largest Sith-controlled corporation in the galaxy, announced to 2,200 unsuspecting employees that their stores would be closing due to “plumbing problems” and that all workers would be losing their jobs.
Starbucks announced on Monday that they will now offer their employees the chance to earn a bachelor’s degree for free with Arizona State University’s online program.
Last year, Starbucks offered baristas only two years of undergraduate tuition at ASU, but the new program now extends that to four years for most Starbucks workers.