Fri. Jul 19th, 2024

Why don’t Japanese bosses praise their subordinates?

Why don't Japanese bosses praise their subordinates? 3
Why don't Japanese bosses praise their subordinates? 3

That incident was 2 years ago when Sakurai was still working as an accountant without much experience for a large company in Japan.

According to traditional Japanese etiquette, Sakurai understood that the man had the right to loudly scold him because Japanese culture requires absolute respect for elders.

`I felt like I was doing the right thing, so I broke the rules and argued back to my elders. In Japan, even if you’re right, you’re not allowed to argue back like that,` Sakurai said.

In Japan, personal praise is counterproductive when the person being praised will lose trust and respect from colleagues.

Whether Sakurai’s approach is correct or whether the customer agrees with the results of her work is not important.

`Business rules in Japan are very different from the rest of the world. A foreign manager working in Japan for the first time, accustomed to making blunt comments, can be offensive. It’s best not to

`In Japanese there is no equivalent to comment, because no one does it,` said Sharon Schweitzer, CEO of Protocol and Etiquette Worldwide.

Sharon said, if you don’t hear anything from the Japanese manager, it means you’re doing well.

Managers in Japan rarely ask for updates on work progress because employees must be proactive by sending emails to superiors throughout the day, from going to lunch, the amount of work completed or even

This CEO also warned that with foreign managers, praising employees sometimes has the opposite effect.

For a foreign manager, employee review time usually takes place at the end of the year, but in Japan there will be no such meetings.

Taro Fukuyama, a Japanese and CEO of AnyPerk, a startup with the goal of improving workplace satisfaction, said that calling an employee into a room to hear a review of their work quality will make them

Japanese people have a habit called nomikai when bosses and colleagues drink together until late at night.

`Employees in Japan rarely change jobs. They are very loyal when they only stay at one workplace with the only goal of advancement. Following orders and avoiding mistakes is the best opportunity for advancement,` Fukuyama

An important rule when working as a manager in Japan is not to give personal rewards.

Jim Whittle – who used to be the general manager of McVities Digestive Biscuits in Japan – tells his story.

An employee proposed to the company the idea of handing out product samples at subway stations to train passengers, which helped the company’s sales skyrocket.

In Japan, there are rules that foreign businessmen need to learn, otherwise, you will not receive respect from your colleagues.

However, with young Japanese employees, they seem to begin to have a change in perception when they show appreciation for encouragement from their superiors.

Sakurai is a senior consultant for Aperian Global, a job that requires her to frequently travel between Japan and the US.

With Japanese managers, Sakurai often asks them to write 10 positive comments about their subordinates.

Some companies in Japan are now starting to apply collective management through regular communication.

`If you always praise employees for doing well, they will think about what is going on, why are they being praised just for completing the task. Instead, observe the signals from the employee to see if the praise

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