Thursday, November 1, 2012

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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