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Pay Up to Stay Home Is One Company’s Approach to Remote Work

  • Japanese manufacturer uses company coin to incentivize workers
  • At Disco, remote workers pay those who come into the office
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Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Disco Corp., a Japanese maker of semiconductor equipment, has a novel approach to remote work -- those who choose to stay home pay the colleagues who brave the commute to show up in the office.

The Tokyo-based company is unusual in that for the past decade it has used an internal currency called “Will” to create a micro-economy where sales teams pay factory workers to produce goods, who in turn pay engineers to design products. Even office desks, PCs and meeting rooms have a price. When a sale is made, the coin trickles back through the supply chain. Leftover balances are paid in yen at the end of each quarter as bonuses.