Individualswork for longer hour in Japan as compared to the case in Canada. Manyindividuals wake up as early as five in the morning to prepare forwork. Most people arrive to the workplaces at 7.30 in the morning. There are individuals who work until late in the evening.Nonetheless, the vast majority leave their workplaces at 5.30 in theevening. A large percentage of people use train transport when goingto work. The same mode of transport is used when coming from work.People are able to attend to their daily roles and responsibilitiesbefore returning home. The trains are normally crowded. One cannoteven read a newspaper or magazine. There are also individuals who usetheir personal cars when going to work. Nevertheless, many people usepublic transport (Vibert, n.d).
Thereare various factors that make it hard for expatriates to adapt to theworking culture in Japan. For one, individuals who stick to theirhome country cultures struggle to adapt to the Japanese workingculture. Essentially, they may embrace behaviors that go against theJapanese culture. Fundamentally, one must accept the fact that theirhome culture is different from the Japanese culture. In the sameregard, they must show willingness to learn the new culture. Languageis also a major barrier. Japanese is the official language in thecountry. It is essential for one to make an effort to learn thelanguage failure to which they may find it problematic to adapt inthe country. Equally, should be able to apply different communicationstyles. Lack of people skills can also hinder one from adapting tothe Japanese working culture. One must be able to interact withJapanese people to understand their work culture (Vibert, n.d).
Adviceto Canadian Expatriates
Canadiansgetting ready to work as expatriates in Japan ensure they enter Japanwith an open mind. They must be willing to listen and learn theJapanese culture. Learning the new culture will enable them to avoidsome of the challenges many expatriates experience when working inJapan. They should also be willing to get out of their workplace andmeet new people. Making friends helps a lot in adapting to a newculture as one will be able to learn Japanese culture as well aslearn how to relate to others. Building relationships also comes inhandy when it comes to learning new communication styles. It is alsoessential for one to research how Japanese people do business.Understanding the do and don’ts enables one to embrace workbehaviors acceptable in the Japanese workplace. Correspondingly, itis important for one to practice patient. Learning new cultures orworkplace cultures is not something that can be accomplished within aday. It takes time before one is able to adapt (Vibert, n.d).
Silenceshows respect. It is imperative for one to maintain calm and silencewhen issues or ideas are being discussed. They should only speak whenallowed to or when necessary. Silence communicates the message thatone is listening to what is being discussed or shared by anotherperson. In the same regard, silence can be interpreted to mean oneagrees to what is being said or discussed. However, there are alsotimes when silence can be interpreted to mean that one disagrees withmatters under discussion. Japanese people are also less spontaneous.They are taught to think about something before responding. Assilence during a discussion can also mean one is taking time tointernalize what has been said before responding.
Japanesepeople are also accustomed to exchanging business cards. This allowsthe other person to contact whoever is giving the card wheneverpossible. It is of great importance for one to keep the cardsappropriately. For instance, one can keep the cards in a jacketpocket. Removing a business card from a pant pocket is considered asign of rudeness. The cards must also be kept in a holder. The cardmust be handed out facing side up. One also needs to hand it usingboth hands while facing the receiver. Fundamentally, it is essentialfor one giving the card to avoid throwing it, flicking it, or bendingit. In particular, flicking or throwing the card can be interpretedto mean rudeness.
Theabove discussion shows clearly that one must learn the Japaneseculture when planning to work as an expatriate in the country.Failure to ensure the same can make it hard for one to adapt to theJapanese work culture. Individuals should avoid sticking to theirhome culture and instead show willingness to learn the new culture.Patience is equally important. Acquiring or learning a new culture isnot a process that can be completed overnight. It is also essentialfor expatriates to make friends with the Japanese people to learn thenew culture with ease. This also helps in adapting to the same.
Vibert,D. (n.d). Business Culture of Japan: Business Culture of Japan