Canon Employees Are Forbidden to Sit Down, Walk at Normal Pace

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You might think your job sucks, but at least your boss wasn't insane enough to remove all the chairs and install security so an alarm goes off if you don't walk fast enough.


The president of Canon Electronics, Hisashi Sakamaki, is also the author of a book proposing some of the same measures he takes with his own company. His theory is that forcing employees to stand not only saves money but increases productivity and enhances employee relationships.

In the hallway, if an employee walks slower than 5 meters every 3.6 seconds, an alarm and flashing lights are set off, reminding the poor startled worker that he's an inefficient waste of air. Even better (or worse), there's a sign on the floor in said hallways that reads, "Let's rush: If we don't, the company and world will perish." The big boss, as a reward for thinking up all this stuff, gets to lounge in a nice, relaxing chair. [Danny Choo, thanks Stupod!]



I see a disturbing lack of cultural awareness/sensitivity in a lot of the comments here. I mean, the Japanese have drastically different standards when it comes to...basically EVERYTHING.

It's not like they have their employees running around like crazy people or something. Efficiency is a BIG DEAL. There's an idiomatic phrase that means "Speed, not haste." A more descriptive interpretation of what that means would be "As fast as you can do it correctly."

And, it's not like they're working these people to death; wasn't it Canon that started giving employees paid afternoons off to go home and 'boost the country's abysmal birth rates'? (The very concept makes me amuses me a little)

Danny's taking the post on Itai News WAY too seriously, and makes it sound like a hut in the Philippines where children are sewing Nike sneakers together with their teeth.

And the people commenting on his blog are even more goddamned ignorant. -_-;