日本での一年間

April 1, 2011

Personnel Transfers (jinji idou)

Filed under: Events — Tags: , , , , — myyearinjapan @ 2:42 am

April first is a big day in Japanese offices. No, it’s not April fools day. People aren’t pulling pranks in the office. April first is the day for personnel transfers (jinji idou 人事異動). In my office, people found out about 3 weeks ago whether they would stay in our department or be transferred. We had 6 people leave the department, including my division head and department head. You have the option to request a transfer or request not to be transferred, but you the final decision is up to the personnel division. And if you get transferred, you won’t necessarily stay in the same building. The farthest anyone in my department can be transferred to is the other side of town. (The coworker who sat next to me got transferred to the farthest possible office from here and now his morning commute will go from half an hour to and hour and a half! Not fun!) But in large companies, you could get transferred to a different city or even a different country! Of course, if you were to be transferred so far away, you would probably know about it more than 3 weeks in advance. But all these transfer means that March is the time when most Japanese people move to new cities and new homes. (In America, people tend to move in the summer.)

In addition to the people moving to different offices within their company, the new school year starts in April and recent graduates who are new employees have their first day of work today. (Several people I know are starting work today. Good luck everyone!)

morning meeting

Every morning, we have a short meeting at the beginning of work, but it actually happens during the 5 minutes before work starts. Sometimes I show up late and have to watch through this frosted window. Today's meeting was mostly people introducing themselves.

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