Do you live in Japan and are you leaving your office earlier than you are supposed to? If yes, you may be in trouble.
A number of employees in Japan have been penalised with a pay cut for leaving office two minutes earlier than they were supposed to. On March 10, the Funabashi City Board of Education in Chiba Prefecture announced that it had disciplined a number of staff members for leaving office two minutes early, Japan Today reported.
According to the Board of Education, as many as seven staff members were involved in 316 incidences of early departures between May 2019 and January 2021. Sankei News reported that even though they left office at 5.13 PM, the employees would record their departure time as 5.15 PM.
The Board of Education said that the staff claimed that they left work early because they wanted to catch the 5.17 PM bus, having missed which, they would have to wait till 5.47 PM for the next bus to arrive.
A female employee, 59, has been accused of helping others leave work early by recording incorrect timestamps. The woman, who is in charge of attendance, has been handed a one-tenth reduction in salary for three months.
While four staff members received strict cautions for punching out early, two other were given written warnings.
Placing a lot of emphasis on punctuality, Japan’s national railway had issued formal apologies after trains left seconds before their scheduled departure timing.