The Workplace Shuffle

For many people, the workweek begins and ends at the same place. We program our minds to get us to work at the same address every day and reverse the process when we go home – almost as if we’re on autopilot. For employees of Japan Post Group who work in remote locations, that autopilot will have to come with an off switch.

To save money, Japan Post is looking to reduce the number of days its offices in remote locations are open. Rather than reduce the weekly hours of their employees to compensate, Japan Post is planning to rotate its workers among offices that are open on a given day. Under this option, an employee might work at one location Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and work at another on Tuesday and Thursday.

Japan Post has plans to eventually go public and sell shares on the open market. To make sure those shares are well received and priced accordingly, rotating its workforce among different offices is one strategy among many to increase profitability.

Do you think this is a good idea?

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous

     /  November 1, 2012

    I think USPS may end up having to rotate employees, so that the rural offices that will be operating on reduced window schedules will have coverage. For example, a single employee could work mornings at one office that is only open mornings and afternoons at a nearby location only open afternoons.

  2. Boss

     /  November 2, 2012

    Something like this no doubt works well on a tiny island like theirs. Here in the wide-open US, perhaps not so much.

    • Anonymous

       /  November 2, 2012

      It’s certainely better than the USPS plan of closing offices.

  3. Anonymous

     /  November 2, 2012

    I think it’s a great idea. No employees losing their jobs and the mail continues.

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