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July 07, 2004

Barely Managing

Yesterday's Japan Times carried on article that highlighted the trials and tribulations of Japanese management staff at English language schools. Citing GEOS in particular, the article pointed out that many school managers, the vast majority of whom are women, work under extreme and constant pressure to make sales and meet quotas. As the article says, "The dream of working in an international environment can become a nightmare for Japanese women." It mentioned one court case where GEOS was forced to shell out ¥300 million for unpaid overtime. A GEOS spokesperson defended its policies, saying the it gives women a chance to start a career.
(As an ex-school manager, my wife contributed to the article. - ed.)
Barely Managing

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