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Drone to Force Japanese Workers to Leave their Office

Drone to Force Japanese Workers to Leave their Office

Saturday, 9 December, 2017 - 06:45
Office workers are reflected in a glass railing as they cross a street during lunch hour in Tokyo June 1, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

A Japanese firm is planning to use a drone to force employees out of their offices by playing music at them if they stay to work overtime.

The drone will fly through offices after hours playing Auld Lang Syne, which is commonly used to announce that stores are closing.

Japan has for years been trying to curb excessive overtime and the health issues and even deaths it can cause, BBC reported.

Experts were unimpressed, one branding it a "silly" idea.

"Will this help? The short answer is: no," Seijiro Takeshita, professor of management and information at the University of Shizuoka told the BBC.

"It's a pretty silly thing and companies are doing this just because they have to be seen to be doing something on the problem."

The issue of excessive overtime is deeply rooted in the work culture and should be tackled from a more fundamental basis, he argues.

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