The other day I wrote about Sanyo suggesting its employees spend a considerable chunk of their own money to help boost faltering sales. With the proposed amounts starting at a staggering 200,000 yen (1,000 pound) for rank-and-file workers, and 500,000 yen (2,500 pound) for section managers.
As expected, the comments this post garnered were overwhelmingly critical of Sanyo. Except one that is. A response rather surprisingly from the company itself. Who the person is, and what position they hold wasn’t disclosed, but the IP address confirms the reply came from Sanyo. And as such it’s a response far too interesting to be left buried in the archived comments. So here it is.
1. It is recommended/encouraged.
2. Employees can buy their quota or promote the sales equivalent of such.
3. Executives have a 700,000 yen target.
4. Sanyo sells homes, does reform of homes, car loans, home solar power systems, plasma TVs, heating and cooling systems in addition to small home appliances, so meeting the quota might not be too difficult if you are in the market for high end products.
5. There is a Hello Kitty toaster and hot sandwich maker too.
Now to be honest, I feel this clarification makes the whole sorry affair seem even worse (if indeed that’s possible). The fact that it’s a recommendation leads one to suspect that non-compliance will result in the employee being disadvantaged in some form or another. And the option of going out and trying to cajole unsuspecting punters into buying Sanyo products in order to reach the necessary target isn’t what I’d call a favour. Whether it be a house, heater, or home appliance.
Even the mention of a Hello Kitty toaster isn’t enough to distract attention away from Sanyo’s sneaky shenanigans.