Yesterday I wrote about Japanese lifetime employment.
Today, I want to talk about another aspect of the basic Japanese values.
Japanese workers are known for their diligence.
It is true that we work hard.
But, I am not sure if they are effective.
Japanese work ethics is generally high and people think of the workplace very seriously.
Especially at big companies, there are many rules to follow. And the Japanese are good at following the rules.
People go to lunch between 12 and 1 pm so that restaurants are crowded.
Most companies start work at 9 am so that trains are crowded.
Most companies have the same holiday schedules that are the same as bank holidays so that tourist places are crowded on those holidays.
Yes, the Japanese are good at following rules. Or maybe they expect a return from following rules as companies think it is valuable to be a ‘good’ worker.
I am relatively a free person, but I agree with the rules as long as I am an employee of a particular company.
I mean ‘as long as I get paid.’
How about the productivity of work?
Having worked with American and Australian firms, those ex-pats are free to follow the time rule, but they work intensively.
Productivity or performance was there.
I was an accountant and I was good at improving efficiency. I improved the process and created more time, and reduced the number of required people.
I was lacking, though, in more important things.
The work I get to be good at needs to be given to someone else. By doing so, I create space (time) during my work.
I will need to think during that ‘space’ and grow in that new area. And I may be more marketable with new abilities.
I was not good at creating space and giving work to someone else.
Now I do this Fude Japan selling brushes.
I have plenty of space to think, LOL.
But sometimes it is painful because I am not good at thinking during ‘free’ time and I feel that I don’t work.
What I try to be good at is
being comfortable with space and creating more values to clients, by utilizing this space.
When I get orders, I get busy in many ways, and I like it. And I like getting orders. ‘Being busy’ makes me feel I ‘work.’ But I should not be comfortable there and will need to create time to think.
I appreciate your feedback on products because your feedback makes me think, where I can grow.
Thank you for reading,