As the “once in a decade” Typhoon Wipha exerted its force at Japan’s eastern coast early this week, it brought with it record rainfall levels, disastrous power outages, transport problems, and life-threatening landslides. Companies had to mitigate the typhoon’s effect on their workforce, and one company – because of an employee’s tweet rant – went viral and stood out from the rest. The said company had strongly suggested that their employees stay overnight and sleep on makeshift mats made of cardboard boxes on the cold hard floor of their offices.
This “suggestion” apparently did not sit well with one employee – whose Twitter handle is @eR34_miyuline [account now deleted] – as the person tweeted pictures of the cardboard mats they were supposed to sleep on during the night. The employee quoted his company’s management as saying “Tomorrow there’s a typhoon, and it’ll paralyze the transport network. It’s getting a lot of coverage, and we’re forewarned, so if you’re late tomorrow, you’ll be writing a letter of apology. If possible, stay here at the company tonight.” The post went viral, with many Japanese netizens dubbing the unidentified company as a “black company” – a term usually used with companies that exploit their employees.
Comments from the ever reliable message board and forum 2channel (2ch) were varied, with some expressing definite irritation or anger. “This would definitely piss me off — I’d go home,” said one forum dweller. Another noticed the bare mats and said “Huh? There aren’t even any blankets?” and still another, “Ah, what the hell, this is an even lower standard than an evacuation center!” Others confronted the employee and said that it was rather his fault for working at a company that exploits workers. “It’s your own fault for joining a black company,” some of the forum dwellers said.
[via Japan Crush]