Bosses forced woman to wear bunny ears

Bosses forced woman to wear bunny ears

TOKYO - A 61-year-old Japanese woman was forced to wear bunny ears as a penalty for missing her sales targets, with photos of her humiliation used in company training programmes, reports said.

The woman, who was not named, was employed by cosmetics maker Kanebo in southwestern Oita.

13 ridiculous office rules

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    One employee says: 'I can't bring in soda to share with other employees because there is a vending machine.'

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    'My place of employment only lets staff drink water from small cups, and you must drink the whole cup immediately, then dispose of the cup. You are not allowed to have water bottles on shift, no matter which part of the store you are working in. If you are on break (unpaid time) you cannot purchase a bottle of water, even if you drink all of it and dispose of the bottle before you come back on shift.'

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    'We are incapable of sending emails from our work accounts without selecting what the email is for. To send it, we have to select from a drop-down menu things like 'casual memo' or 'request for time off'.'

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    Another employee says that the company does not allow employees to move furniture around. 'Want to slide a desk across the room? Can't. That is violating union rules, and taking work away from the facilities team. You have to call and schedule the movers. Then they charge you for it.'

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    An attorney says that his firm makes all employees state exactly where they are headed when they leave the office.

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    'I used to work for a ritzy cafe that had five separate and distinct beard rules. Beards had to be between a certain length or you had to shave it. No mutton chops. There were rules about mustache/beard combos. If you wanted to grow a beard, you were not allowed back into work for two weeks until you grew it out to a 'respectable length.'

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    'At my former job we weren't allowed to 'grow' facial hair. So we were allowed to either have no facial hair at all, or have a fully grown moustache. Our manager told us if we wanted to have a moustache, we would have to go on vacation, grow a stash, and come back from our vacation with a fully grown moustache.'

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    One person was fired for carrying boxes in his hands instead of using the dolly to move them.

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    'I work in a warehouse. No hats. It's cold here in the winter and the poor bald guys can't wear hats.'

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    One employee was warned about the strict no-popcorn rule enforced by the firm's CEO. An email explaining the rule was sent to staff. It said: 'Has anyone ever tried to talk on the phone and eat popcorn?'.

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    'No cell phone shaped objects in your pockets at work. At first I thought it was a typo, then they started to write people up for wallets, packs of gum, and other rectangular shapes in our pockets.'

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    'Someone at work sneezed and another one said 'bless you!' A third party heard it and complained to HR about it. Guy who said 'bless you' was given a warning and had to take a course in professionalism.'

She sued the company claiming mental distress after her bosses instructed her to don costumes if she did not meet her targets, including over-sized rabbit ears on one occasion, several papers reported.

Four of her seniors took pictures of her in the outfits and used the snaps in presentation slides during training programmes, the Mainichi Shimbun said.

The woman claimed the company's actions had caused mental suffering that resulted in physical sickness and had demanded 3.3 million yen (S$42,029) compensation, the paper said.

A court upheld her complaint, but ordered the company to pay just 220,000 yen, the Asahi daily said on Tuesday, adding the firm had given her a larger sum than this, according to her lawyer.

The news came as Kanebo on Thursday issued a recall of 54 of its skin-whitening products in Japan and 10 other Asian territories over fears it may cause patches of discolouring.

6 lines your boss should never cross

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    Salaries and bonuses are private and confidential information; your colleagues do not know how much you're paid.

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    If your boss accidentally reveals such information, it can lead to resentment, envy or other forms of negative emotions among colleagues.

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    This is a form of workplace abuse.

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    Even if you have made a grave mistake, a good boss should talk to you in private in a civil tone.

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    Supervisors should always lay down attainable tasks for employees and provide them with the appropriate resources.

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    If your supervisor tasks you with an impossible task, it is important to discuss and communicate expectations to each other.

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    Details of personal lives, regardless of whose, should always be kept out of the office.

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    If you find your boss talking about such things, change the subject back to work. This goes both ways; you should also keep your personal life out of the office.

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    Comments about gender, physical appearance or anything else that makes one blush is a total no-no.

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    This borders on the edge of sexual harassment at the workplace.

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    6. Implying that sex, race, age or religion is a factor in work performance These factors do not affect one's job ability at all.

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    This is workplace discrimination at its worst.

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