While overtime is a common part of most businesses, companies hesitant to pay employees to stay at their desks hours after the designated quitting time have found a source of inspiration – the Italian Stallion.
Rocket News is reporting that a Japanese company called Mitsui Home has started playing a special piece of music in certain departments of its Tokyo headquarters at six o’clock, the official end of the workday. What’s pumping through the in-office speakers? 1977’s ‘Gonna Fly Now’, better known as the theme from “Rocky”.
For whatever reason, once the familiar notes of the movie tune begin to play, employees are more open to asking supervisors about the best way to tackle their remaining objectives for the day, or receive offers of help from any colleagues willing to pitch in.
The ‘Rocky’ theme was selected specifically to help employees who might have just been going through the motions mentally change gears. Some suddenly realize they’ve accomplished enough for the day and feel comfortable heading home, while others get a boost of energy from the rousing anthem that helps them power through the rest of their work with enthusiasm.
It must be working. An internal study by the company revealed that since the system’s introduction, overtime has been reduced by 20 percent, proving that the theme can make people not only get ready to punch out heavyweight opponents, but punch out of work too.
What do you think?….would Balboa’s theme song work for the office in this country? Perhaps play this clip later this afternoon and if your co-workers are suddenly eatin’ lightning and crappin’ thunder…. ~ Jason