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2014年6月 9日 (月)

香山リカのココロの万華鏡:はたらけどはたらけど /東京

May 04, 2014(Mainichi Japan)
Kaleidoscope of the Heart: The downside of performance-based pay
香山リカのココロの万華鏡:はたらけどはたらけど /東京

I think many people believe that "The more I work, the easier off my life will be," but that may not hold true in Japan in the future.

A plan by the government's committee on industrial competition suggested the idea of remuneration that is not tied to the amount of time worked by employees, but to their productiveness. The plan includes not paying overtime wages to employees who don't produce results. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded positively, saying he wanted the committee to "consider a new wage system befitting a work style that is evaluated not by time but by results."

The plan is of course still just a proposition, and the new system would be "applied based on agreements between employers and employees and the choice of employees," so a law that would suddenly eliminate overtime wages won't be getting passed right away. However, there are already people expressing their concerns that corporations could get their employees, including young ones, to agree to this system and then demand unattainably high results of them, forcing them into nonpaid overtime.

I am wary of the idea of performance-based pay. There was a time when Japanese corporations were ditching the system of pay and promotion by seniority for systems dependent on results. At first, it might seem like a chance for a pay raise or promotion, but the new system led to heavy competition within companies and their departments and resulted in a spike of employees falling ill from stress. There were people who became depressed after they worked hard but failed to achieve results due to poor timing or other factors and were given bad performance reviews. I suspect only a few employees were able to thrive from the introduction of performance-based pay.

I am not opposed to a person who achieved results getting a good performance review, and I do think it is wrong for a person who just lazes around to get overtime pay. But, I think that it is only right that people who work hard get paid for that time. If that changes, then I think there will be more people who are confused, hurt, or more seriously, become unable to get by or become unable to work.

The poet Takuboku Ishikawa wrote, "I work and work, but still my life does not become easier, and I stare at my hands." I only pray that Japan does not become full of people in such a situation.

(By Rika Kayama, psychiatrist)
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