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Jan 6, 2014
I guess this is the corporate version of the scene in 'Animal House' where the snooty fraternity put all the 'undesirable' applicants in one corner and then ignored them until they went away. (And, ccdesan, a version of what you described from Japan).
 
 
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Jan 6, 2014
ccdesan - in our culture if you get a window seat in a company that makes you a big deal, especially in an office building in New York city. Just make sure you have a really comfy chair to relax in, and hope that you don't snore while you're sleeping....
 
 
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Jan 6, 2014
In Japan, workers are rarely fired. They join the "madogiwazoku," the "window seat clan." They are given an office with a window that looks out on the world, and nothing to do - or menial, boring, repetitive tasks. Such employees generally quit or retire out of sheer boredom, shame, and/or madness.
 
 
Jan 6, 2014
Actually I remember hearing that some companies when they want to get rid of people will put them in a room with a computer and basically assign them the task of finding another job... they will even give the employee assistance in writing up their CV / résumé. I wonder if this new team is being given that role.
 
 
Jan 6, 2014
It's not always wise to share one's insights. One who knows too much is typically considered a threat and is best quickly eliminated.
 
 
 
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