Japan is the Worst Place to WorkDecember 13, 2008
Results of the global survey of 115,000 people in 33 countries.
Japan is home to the highest rates of employees suffering from work-related health problems, according to a new global survey, followed closely by Canada.
As many as 3/5 Japanese workers complain that they have become ill or unhealthy as a result of workplace grievances.
Overworking has emerged as an acute problem in modern day Japan, which even has a word – karoshi - for death from overworking. Japan also has a high rate of work-related fatalities.
Japan and Canada: lowest minimum annual holiday leave – only ten days a year – which is significantly lower than most other countries
Healthiest places: New Zealand, India and Australia
Internationally, more than 1/3rd said they were made to feel guilty about taking time off.
“Employers can play a pivotal role in improving the health and fitness of their workers by introducing incentives and programs to keep staff encouraged, motivated and productive,” the survey said.