Seeing your favorite singer leave a band can feel like a punch in the gut sometimes, so a Japanese company recently rolled out paid leaves for employees who need to reflect on shocking news regarding their idols.
According to foreign language media, the President of Hiroro Incorporation decided to offer paid leaves for fans of idols who need to take time off to grieve or celebrate idols’ graduation (leave) from a group or idol’s marriage.
The president recently tweeted that the company had decided to include a “congratulation or condolence leave” clause to the work rules.
The clause states that on the condition that employees apply for leave a week in advance, they could leave work early or take a day off on the day of the event, whether it be an idol’s marriage, concert or departure from their group.
— itaru9（株式会社ひろろ社長） (@itaru9Z) March 8, 2021
Ten days are allotted to employees whose favorite idol leaves a group, and three days are given to “second favorite” or subsequently ranked members.
The statement read that all days are paid in full, and included a final clause which states that should there be additional emotional or mental damage, the employee could apply for additional recovery days as necessary.
During an interview with local Japanese language media, the President of Hiroro revealed that the reasoning behind the specific leave came about when he talked to an employee in a state of depression.
Hiroro Inc. operates with a variety of entertainment-related venues, which includes holding live idol meet-and-greets, and the close proximity to such situations also led to the company president’s final decision.
With the same logic in mind, Taiwan can hopefully introduce new paid leaves, such as coping with the loss of a pet, welcoming favorite idols arriving in Taiwan, or perhaps even overcoming a bad hair day.
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