Japan Company Lets Employees Take Paid Leave To Grieve When Their Idols Retire
Japan is infamously known for its toxic work culture and it can be summed up with a common term called ‘karoshi’, which literally translates to “death by overwork”.
But Tokyo-based media agency Hiroro seems to be redefining this culture after it recently made headlines for graciously offering its employees paid leave so they can grieve their favourite idols retiring – no, we’re not kidding.
The company has introduced the Oshi Vacation System (‘Oshi’ is Japanese slang for bias aka idol), which allows employees to take days off if they’re sad about their favorite idol(s) retiring, getting married or whatever reason that may distress them.
This practice first began when Hiroro’s founder and president Shizen Tsurumi noticed how some employees became unfocused and distracted at work because their idols had announced unpleasant news. This led him to give them the day off to cope with the bad news or to properly mourn the loss of their idols.
Eventually, it just became an official company policy to allow this kind of paid leave.
Under this system, employees can also take leave even when their idols aren’t necessarily their favourite. Here’s how it works, if an employee’s number-one idol announces retirement, they’re entitled to 10 days off, but if it’s the employee’s second or third favourite idol, then they can have three days off.
And let’s say your absolute favourite idol is getting married, you can have up to 10 days off and you can even split the days into an engagement and wedding ceremony time period!
But the Oshi Vacation System isn’t just for sad events, you can also utilise your leave to get off work early and catch last minute “surprise concerts”.
This is all thanks to Tsurumi’s belief in taking care of employee’s mental health and letting their love for people and things motivate their work – and honestly, he is absolutely right.