【学LEARN】Business Culture Class (BCC) 01 "Overtime work" 残業 (Zangyo)

posted Feb 18, 2015, 9:48 PM by INFO ICT   [ updated Feb 26, 2015, 8:08 PM ]
::::: Class Report on February 14th, 2015:::::


14th of Feb was our very first day to hold "Business Culture Class" and over 15 participants joined!!! The main topic was "Zangyo(残業): over work" and we discussed why Japanese people tend to work longer and how we can solve social problems caused by this Zangyo culture.

Firstly, we did a casual talk regarding working hours and Jojo(ICT organizer) gave the presentation explaining the types of Zangyo and how people outside of Japan feel about it. After the presentation, we divided participants into three groups and discussed main reason of over work.

Many ideas were shared in the discussion. For example, one assumption for the reason of doing “Zangyo” is the cultural difference between Japan and other countries. Japanese companies could evaluate employees with “process(how they tried hard” but foreign companies could do with “result”. Or the difference of definition of “effort”.

Japanese people tend to think that they can show their boss their effort by working longer but “to finish all the work within scheduled hour” is more important than working longer for foreign people.

Of course, we can’t say that “Zangyo” is always bad since “Zangyo” culture is constructed with Japanese culture. However, discussion at BCC class made us realize that Japanese companies have a lot of “unproductive/ inefficient” rules which can make people work longer.

Thank you very much for your joining the class and hope to see you guys soon;)

Written by Yuka Fujii


Next Classes;
2/25(Wed)【学LEARN】Trend Culture Class (TCC) 01 "Stereotype"