Friday, 2 June 2017

A cautionary tale for Friday: work life balance

Japan has some of the longest working hours in the world, and some young Japanese workers are literally working themselves to death. Now there are calls for the government to do more.

Japan has a culture of long working hours and this is not a new phenomenon - it was first recorded in the 1960s - but recently high-profile cases have thrust karoshi (the Japanese term to describe death attributed to overwork) back into the spotlight.

Nearly a quarter of Japanese companies have employees working more than 80 hours overtime a month, often unpaid, a recent survey found. And 12% have employees breaking the 100 hours a month mark.

Workers are entitled to 20 days leave a year but currently about 35% don't take any of it.

Life is a wonderful, fragile thing. The world is a beautiful place.
Step away from the desk: live and enjoy a good life.

This Wikipedia article on Karoshi is really worthy of a read.