From the Really Bad and Crazy Boss files – According to Hisashi Sakamaki, president of Japan’s Canon Electrics, chairs are a waste of time. So much so he removed them from his offices. That’s right; his employees are not allowed to sit and must perform their duties while standing. And, because that wasn’t bizarre enough, he also installed an alarm system in the hallway that triggers when employees walk slower than 5 meters (16′ 5″) every 3.6 seconds.
Not satisfied with just inflicting his brand of crazy on his own employees, Sakamaki has written a book. A company will do well if you get rid of the chairs and computers, available on Amazon, explains the virtues of chair and computer-less offices. I’ve yet to receive my copy of the book (because I never ordered it), but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Sakamaki also believes breaks, ice water and bathrooms are also wasteful and indulgent and has invented a strap on cooling/waste management/snack system that will allow workers to continue working while sipping water, eating snacks and relieving themselves. If anyone orders the book, please let me know if that’s the case.
By the way, the wording on the blue sign on the floor reads “Lets rush – if we don’t then the company and world will perish.” Seriously.
If you read Japanese and want to see the book on Amazon, click here.