Japanese company quits your job for you so you don’t have to.
It charges $450.
Business is brisk and the company doing the tough job is profitable.
And it is all happening because quitting your job is still rare in Japan.
But yet employees want to quit.
But they find it hard to do.
So two Japanese entrepreneurs saw an opportunity.
Toshiyuki Niino and Yuichiro Okazaki launched Exit.
The Exit website details some of the challenges and problems employees face in the workplace.
Most Japanese employees using the Exit service are in their 20s and 30s.
Their work problems relate to not fitting in.
Having a bad boss relationship.
Spending too much time at work.
“We’re here to provide a sense of relief by taking on that burden,” says Niino.
There is the case of a 24-year-old insurance salesman.
She was tired of being yelled at after not reaching her quota.
Or the exhausting designer clocking in 160 hours of overtime monthly.
And the ramen noodle shop employee suffering stress to the point where depression set in.
All of them had one common problem.
They did not have the courage to quit.
Japanese Company Quits Your Job For You
So they asked Exit to make the call.
So why do Japanese employees find it difficult to quit?
Japan has a tradition of lifetime employment at large companies.
“Personally, I’m perplexed as to why people find it hard to quit,” Exit’s co-founder Okazaki says. “But I do sense that this atmosphere is prevalent in Japan.”
But times are changing.
Younger Japanese employees – mostly in their 20s and 30s no longer subscribe to the lifetime employment concept.
But despite they still have a hard time telling their bosses they are quitting.
So they are the major Exit users.
And Exit has tapped into growing business. Several competitors have cropped up, and the company has also attracted an investment offer from a venture capital firm.