You can see the featured Video shows some clips related to Japanese workers who showed their maximum awesomeness during their work hour.
A query may rise that, Why do Japanese work so hard for so little??
Edward Ray, lives in Japan (1991-present), answered about this query. his answer for quora has been illustrated below:
I have worked for a Japanese company in Japan for 26 years, starting at almost the bottom and working up to upper management. I would say that Szabolcs Varga’s answer is quite good. I would like to add a few things though.
While many say that many Japanese just spend a lot of time at work and don’t work efficiently, I would say this has gone down significantly in the last 10 years. Of course there are some who don’t really want to go home because of a bad family life, or they have no family to go home to because they have transferred away from their family (tanshin funin), but in general most who are doing overtime are really doing work because it is there, and are generally working pretty hard—not just long. Also, with all the connectivity now many work outside of their physical presence hours—most of which will never get recorded.
Since the highly-publicized Dentsu employee suicide, almost all companies have put in place some higher restrictions on working overtime. My company monitors PC ON/OFF times and cross-checks it with submitted overtime requests, and then has big screen TVs around the office where overtime hours worked are displayed so that any excesses can easily be caught.
Wednesday nights are strict “be out of the office by 6:00PM” nights and other nights most of the people are shooed out by 9:30PM. But before the Dentsu thing there were an awful lot of people taking their last train home around midnight.
As for the “why” part, I think that in general workers in a Japanese company realize that their cog in the gears of the company affect the rest of the people around them, and the idea of causing trouble for others in the group keeps them working. This comes in part from the concept of “shared responsibility”. In Japan, not so much power is delegated to individual managers. (Middle-managers are only care-takers of other workers—not decision-makers with responsibility at all. As the work progresses, the managers above are informed on a regular basis. If something goes wrong, the responsibility is shared by all who were in the reporting chain. The employee who actually made the mistake may be reprimanded, but rarely fired—after all it is reasoned, everyone knew all along and could have made a course correction at any time.
So, one person doesn’t want to be the reason someone else screws up, and the endless circle goes on. It is maybe a different kind of peer pressure than we think about in Western cultures, but a form of peer pressure nonetheless.
For the really good workers, like just about anywhere in the world they simply get more work assigned to them, so not doing overtime means they get deluged the next day anyway. They work to stay ahead of the avalanche.
As for the “so little” part of the question, while employees in companies in Japan may not make as much as Western counterparts, it is not like this is thrown in their face, and since all are in the same boat, no one minds. Right now, most large companies are paying decent salaries (a portion of which is called a bonus) so really there is nothing to complain about for the average worker as far as pay goes.
UPDATE: I think it has been about 8 months since the strict overtime rules really started to be enforced at my company. As this post continues to get a lot of views, I thought I would share some observations.
The strict overtime moratoriums are having a knock on effect. While the emphasis was on our engineering and production departments, there are noticeably less people in the sales departments doing work later than the engineers. Part of this is due to them not being able to do as much work when the engineers are not around, but I am pretty sure from some conversations with people that they simply feel less pressure to get as much done. It means they have to decide what work will become the victim of not working as many hours, but as I think I mentioned, my company is really busy.
Efficiency has increased. This is mostly due to concerted efforts of some managers to implement some tools and rules, but is also due somewhat to everyone having a “deadline” every night.
The upper management is serious about this. We have an “Improve the way we work” committee (which laughably meets on Saturday because they are too busy otherwise). This committee created a brief on how switching to smartphones (yeah, most still have flip phones) and presented it to upper management. The reaction was that they were happy with the evaluation for efficiency, but were worried that “for some this might feel like a way to do overtime while circumventing our rules.” In other words, the upper management was worried that since no one could tell if the people just shifted their work from the office to home because of the smartphone, that would defeat the company’s policy and put the employee in an unsafe situation. Mind you, this was a manager who really thought there would be little way to track abuse, and he wanted to make sure it didn’t happen.
Not as much work is getting done. It is a fact—less overtime means some jobs are simply not getting done, which forces everyone to prioritize what to work on. While some might think that this is a good thing as it brings clarity, as I am in sales I can say that any clients whose jobs we pass on will not forget it for 20 years to come. It means a loss of customers in our business.
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