Two workplace skyscrapers look out over Shibuya collectively, however inside they’re worlds aside.
Quite a bit has been written about Japanese working tradition, the place it’s normal follow to put in plenty of unpaid extra time, use your paid holidays on sick days, and solely head off house after your boss has left the workplace.
This deal with prioritising group concord over effectivity in Japanese workplaces is in stark distinction to the “work smarter not tougher” mentality employed by many western firms, and to see it in follow, all you must do is search for at Japan’s workplace skyscrapers at evening.
That’s what Twitter person Yusaku Arai (@arai_yusaku) did one night whereas out at Shibuya at round 6:00 p.m., and what he noticed was fairly astonishing. He snapped a photograph of the scene, which confirmed a constructing on the left the place Japanese firms are situated, and a constructing on the proper, which homes a western firm.
左側: Cyber Agent & Mixi
— 新井勇作 / ®ONE PHOTO (@arai_yusaku) October 15, 2020
The workplace constructing on the left is the brand new 47-floor Shibuya Scramble Sq., which is house to various massive Japanese firms, together with digital promoting firm CyberAgent Inc., situated on flooring 19-23, and Mixi, a web-based social networking service, situated on flooring 28-36.
The constructing on the proper? That’s the Shibuya Stream constructing, which is house to Google.
As you possibly can see, the lights are shining brightly on virtually each flooring of Shibuya Scramble Sq., whereas the Google headquarters, which takes up a lot of the 35-floor Shibuya Stream constructing, is so darkish you possibly can see the town lights reflecting off the home windows, making it look nearly clear.
The explanation why it’s so darkish in there’s as a result of the tech large has determined to permit its workers to telecommute till the tip of June 2021. Reverse Google, although, we are able to see that telecommuting hasn’t fairly caught on in Japan, regardless of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urging employees to earn a living from home as a lot as potential again when the pandemic first arrived within the nation.
There are a variety of the explanation why telecommuting isn’t a sensible possibility for Japanese firms, because the significance of face-to-face conferences, and the intricate net of Japanese group dynamics may be arduous to nurture and preserve by video calls — how will you belief somebody if you don’t know whether they’re wearing business trousers or a fundoshi loincloth? — and there’s additionally the issue of employees needing to enter the workplace to “signal” kinds and authenticate work paperwork utilizing private seals often known as hanko.
The Minister for Administrative Reform, Taro Kono, has made it his mission to abolish the need for personal seals in Japanese workplaces, which many imagine to be an outdated follow. Kono can be decided to get rid of fax machines, which nonetheless play a big function in places of work as properly.
Kono, and plenty of others, imagine that some of these conventional workplace practices are holding Japan again from really embracing telecommuting and enhancing office effectivity. It’s not doing a lot to assist the setting both, as a result of because the picture of the 2 buildings in Shibuya reveals, so long as folks have to go into the workplace day-after-day and keep there till the time is correct to go house, buildings in Tokyo shall be guzzling up energy and lighting up the night until the last train departs out of the city.
Supply: Twitter/@arai_yusaku by way of Hachima Kikou
Featured picture: Twitter/@arai_yusaku
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