Fired After Takeover Abroad: “It’s not the company’s fault you will not be able to support your family”
Firstly, I am a long term resident of Japan. I worked for a foreign company that had an office in Tokyo.
I was originally called in to fill a missing position in IT since the staff at the time was scattered and under no one’s watch (noone knew what they were doing).
The amount of (undocumented) overtime in Japan is nothing new, but even compared to other Japanese companies of old, this place had everyone overworked and putting in hours that basically meant people lived in their cubicle, and some of them essentially did. This also pushed morale way down and lead to a very high turnover rate.
That out of the way, amidst the daily chaos, we were bought out by another entity. From then on, staff and managers alike were lost and confused on a daily basis about what was going on and where the priorities were in the company. The org chart for the company even had loops when HR drew it out. To add to this, meetings were regularly scheduled at odd hours of the night (1am start times, for instance) just because it was the only time the management and some of the engineers were working at the same time.
With all of this, you just knew something was going to happen, and it wouldn’t be pretty. Well, that happened. Due to skyrocketing costs on a project railroaded through only because of the buyout, the company overspent into the budget for 2011 (it worked on paper they say). Hence, cuts would have to be made. They were looking for any reason to cut salaries, not pay for something, or downright terminate people (including directors and executive).
My wife was a matter of weeks before giving birth to our first son, and I was feeling really sick and worn out from all the chaos and overtime. I took a Friday off to take my wife to the hospital for her checkup, and nothing was said, as we are granted sick days and personal days off anyways, but on Monday I was not feeling good at all, so I sent in my reports, etc. from home and said I would be in the next day. Not even midday Monday I got a call from the newly appointed HR staff (staffed from the company that bought us out) asking if I had resigned. I said no, and that I would be in the next day. When I came in on Tuesday, I was immediately pulled into a private meeting and told I would be fired at the end of the month because they need people “that are available to work in the office 24/7 without question”, and that taking off two consecutive days was essentially stealing from the company. They did however acknowledge the soon-to-be addition to my family, but not in a good way “it is not the company’s fault you will not be able to support your family”.
What is the English word to describe such people?
This post was submitted by archie2007.