What is the company NEET?

What is the company NEET? Jobs

This section explains a person called “company NEET” in Japan.

What is the company NEET?

A company NEET is a person who has no work when he/she comes to the office and has no time to spare. They spend all day at their desks, surfing the Internet and waiting for the end of the workday to come. NEET is an acronym for Not in Education, Employment or Training, meaning not in school, not working, or not participating in vocational training. The term originally emerged in British labor policy in the late 1990 greeters in Japan refers to people between the ages of 15 and 34 who are neither attending school, working, nor doing household chores. However, unemployed persons and greeters who are engaged in specific job search activities are distinguished from NEETs who have no desire to work.

These are the activities NEETs do while at work.

  • Dozing off: They doze off at their own desk, even though their coworkers are working nearby.
  • Cleaning: They spend all day cleaning the office, taking out the trash, and watering the plants. Some company NEETs have no place to clean and just carry a broom.
  • Playing Games: It is difficult to play internet games openly in an office where people walk around. So they pass the time by going to the restroom and playing games or surfing the Internet on their phones.
  • Surfing the Net: Nowadays, each person is provided with one computer. Company NEETs spend their day surfing the Internet every day.
  • Watching YouTube: Some companies NEETs browse videos on YouTube or create their own videos and stream them on YouTube during working hours.
  • Studying for distance learning: They study for correspondence countries at their own desks while sipping drinks and acquiring many certifications.

Characteristics of Company NEETs

These are the main characteristics found in company NEETs.

  • “Pretending to work” to get by during working hours.
  • The boss doesn’t like them and only lets them do chores.
  • Finish work in a short time and spend free time until the end of the workday.
  • Not knowing what to do.

Causes of becoming a company NEET

There are various causes of company NEET, including individuals and organizations.

  • The employee himself/herself has a problem with his/her ability and is no longer entrusted with the job.
  • Poor communication skills, such as getting into trouble with superiors or coworkers.
  • Poor guidance and training by supervisors and senior staff, resulting in an employee who cannot do his/her job.
  • Overstaffing and lack of work.

One of the reasons why company NEETs are attracting attention is the way Japanese companies operate, whereby once an employee is hired as a regular employee, he or she cannot be dismissed for company reasons.

Causes of Company NEETs

Insufficient training system:

Even if an employee is hired, if there is insufficient training and guidance by supervisors and senior employees, the employee will not be able to do his/her job. It can be said that an incomplete system creates the existence of company NEETs.

Insufficient human resources:

Small sales offices and departments are always short of staff, so it can be difficult to provide full training and guidance. Even mid-career hires with working experience need training and guidance if they are coming from a different industry. It can be said that the organization is creating employees who are unable to do their jobs.


When there are too many excess workers relative to the workload, more work is assigned to those who can do it. As a result, employees who are given only a little work are left with nothing to do and become company NEETs. This is a case where there is no work to be given to employees who want to work but are overstaffed.

Department is not busy:

There is an image that “company NEETs have no desire to work. However, in the case of large companies, there are a certain number of departments where there is little work to be done. If you are assigned to such a department, you may end up becoming a company NEET unless you voluntarily ask yourself if there is any work you can do.

Low evaluation from others:

In some cases, you may be left out of the workforce because you are too poorly evaluated by upper management. Possible reasons for this include:

-Problems with the person’s own abilities, such as too many continuous mistakes

-Insubordination to superiors

-Ruptured relationships in the workplace

Not looking for work voluntarily

Lack of motivation is said to carry the greatest weight. Employees who are like the following will lose their reputation within the company and will gradually be assigned only easy jobs.

-They do not move until they are given a job.

-They only do the work they are given.

-They do not look for work on their own.

Eventually, they will not be given any work. If you have a number of subordinates, it is natural that you would want to entrust work to employees who are willing to do it.

Slow work speed

A job may take so long that it cannot be completed on time, and the degree of completion may be too low.

The employee may think that he or she is doing a good job, but the company may think that the work is too slow and that giving the work to this person will not result in anything good.

Work is not completed properly

If you are repeatedly warned that the quality of your work is low or the work is finished too slowly, you will lose credibility. People who do everything just right will not be entrusted with work.

Not communicating

Company employees work in an organization, and if they do not communicate properly with their superiors and coworkers, their work will not go smoothly. People who cannot consult and report on the progress of their work closely will gradually become invisible to those around them.

Bosses do not like you

Basically, work is assigned by the boss to subordinates. If for some reason your relationship with your boss deteriorates, you will not be entrusted with enough work, and you will become a company NEET. Some of the reasons are unreasonable, such as just not liking the job.