Work Environment

Work Environment

The Japanese are guided by a strong work ethic. They not only believe in loyalty to their company, they stay with companies, often for a lifetime. They work long hours and spend a lot of their waking moments dedicated to the companies that they work for. For many work takes precedence over other things in their lives. They are rewarded highly for the accomplishments and take great pride in their performance. Just as education is highly valued, so is success in the workplace, and taking pride in their work.

Rush Hour

Description In Japan more people take public transportation than those who drive alone. Because the city centers are very dense, many people opt to use the many railways and other public transportation modes to make their way both around the city and to the surrounding areas. Rush hour in Japan can be very stressful, as everyone is moving at the same time, in the same manner. Catching a train during rush hour may prove to be problematic, as you will be competing with millions who are doing the same, all at the same time.

Nomikai

Description The Japanese know how to enjoy their off time from their hectic and hurried days at work. A nomikai is a traditional drinking party, and takes place in the employment place, schools and nightclubs around Japan. They are often held in restaurants and other venues as well. Employees are expected to participate in these drinking parties, as they are an important part of connection building and networking to make your way up the company ladder.

Keigo

Description Keigo is the language that is used as a sign of respect. It is an entire grammatical way of speaking that has many rules and traditions to honor people with respectful terms that show their place among society. There are different ways to communicate with people depending on what place they hold in the society and where you are in relations to them socially. Children are taught to communicate with respect, and that tradition is carried on throughout their lifetime and in all interactions.

Honorifics

Description Honorifics are the way that you address different individuals within the society. When you are addressing a child you would do so differently than you would a boss, or even a friend. There is a social system designed to address and speak with people differently depending on where they are in life and in the “cast” system of the Japanese culture. There are strict rules to adhere to which may be lost on you. Try to take their lead, and it is best to try not to offend anyone when you do address them.

Business manner

Description If you are in Japan for business, it is very different than in the states. Business is not just about money in Japan, but about honor and there are strict rules that need to be followed for the way that people are approached and greeted. Making sure you understand the traditions of business is important to make a good impression. If you want to gain business in Japan, it will not be easy if you insult the other businessmen by not understanding the deep seeded traditions.

Business cards

Description Unlike the states there is a specific way that you have to exchange business cards in Japan. The art is actually called meishi and has a strict code attached to it. A business card is more than just a sheet of paper it is an entire representation of a person’s identity. If you want to proceed with business with another individual, it is important to know who and how you can exchange cards to show respect, or you will not be successful in your transactions. Working Times Working times not only apply to a person’s job outside the home, but also to the work that is done inside the home as well. There are specific work hours when people can perform work to be done both inside the home and outside of it. There are both standard working hours and maximum working hours. They must be followed strictly according to culture, so knowing what they are is the best way to keep yourself out of trouble.

Business Hours

Description There are designated times that you are allowed to conduct business in Japan and times when it is not allowed. Unlike other regions of the world, you can’t conduct business whenever you want. There is a time in the day when it is inappropriate to conduct business. If you want to make a good impression in your business transactions knowing when to approach a business person and when it is not appropriate is important as a sign of respect.

Working Times

Description Working times not only apply to a person’s job outside the home, but also to the work that is done inside the home as well. There are specific work hours when people can perform work to be done both inside the home and outside of it. There are both standard working hours and maximum working hours. They must be followed strictly according to culture, so knowing what they are is the best way to keep yourself out of trouble.

Business Telephone Etiquette

Description If you are going to use your business phone, there are ways that you must answer the phone and ways in which you must speak when you are talking to business associates that will be different than when using the phone for personal use. If you don’t follow the many etiquette rules then you run the risk of insulting, or offending potential, or current business clients. Reading up on, and understanding the many rules is important.

Seating

Description Before you sit down to any business meeting or conference, make sure you understand where you are supposed to be seated. There are rules which govern the arrangement of how people in business relations sit. If you are confused about where to sit, let them guide you before sitting otherwise you run the risk of offending your business clients which is a bad thing for your business. Read the many rules involved and know where your place is before you take a seat.

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