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“Smile Checks” Ensure Employees Are Happy And Ready For Work
Posted: 08 July 2009 07:16 AM   [ Ignore ]
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To ensure employees at Keihin Electric Express Railway in Japan are putting their best lip forward, the company has implemented a “smile check” policy, in which workers will be required to smile into a camera and have their mug subjected to software analysis of their happiness.

The device analyzes the facial characteristics of a person, including eye movements, lip curves and wrinkles, and rates a smile on a scale between 0 and 100 percent using a camera and computer.


For those with low scores, advice like “You still look too serious,” or “Lift up your mouth corners,” will be displayed on the screen.

Some 530 employees of the Tokyo-based railway company will check their smiles with Smile Scan before starting work each day. They will print out and carry around an image of their best smile in an attempt to remember it.

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Posted: 08 July 2009 07:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Why not just do something to actually make them feel happy and more likely to have a good smile?

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Posted: 08 July 2009 08:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Oh well I did something similar with the time cards at my last job.  I always put special pictures on them each week.  The week of Christmas one of the managers took issue with the image of Pin Head I put on all of them.  I could never figure his lack of true employee encouragement…..........

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Posted: 08 July 2009 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Start them out with a martini, or even better a caramel appletini and a Far Side comic.  Give them a real reason to smile.

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Posted: 08 July 2009 12:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Posted: 08 July 2009 12:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I think I’m smiling sometimes…but it turns out, I’m not.  ...Makes for a lot of akward pictures.  “Maegan…SMILE!”  I am smiling.  “You’re…NOT.”

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Posted: 08 July 2009 12:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Happy pills I like to send rapidly to those who demand I be happy.

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Posted: 08 July 2009 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Maegan - 08 July 2009 04:34 PM

I think I’m smiling sometimes…but it turns out, I’m not.  ...Makes for a lot of akward pictures.  “Maegan…SMILE!”  I am smiling.  “You’re…NOT.”

I, a lot of times, seem to have a sneer on my face, but that is just the way I am.  One side of my mouth likes to be higher than the other, even when I smile.

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Posted: 08 July 2009 12:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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NEO - 08 July 2009 04:37 PM

Happy pills I like to send rapidly to those who demand I be happy.

Be sure to take out the blanks…

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Posted: 08 July 2009 12:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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hulitoons - 08 July 2009 12:18 PM

The week of Christmas one of the managers took issue with the image of Pin Head I put on all of them.

But wait-

Pinhead’s not very Christmas-y…

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Posted: 08 July 2009 02:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Yep…that’s the one.  But hey, it DID make the employees smile!

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Posted: 08 July 2009 07:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Served the purpose then.. smile

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