From the comments of Boarding Schools – what are they like?
“Perhaps on another planet somewhere, the norm is for adults to live in boarding factories and go to boarding offices”
This is the norm in Japan for graduates when they enter big companies like large engineering firms Toyota/Honda and the like. The factories are usually in the countryside in the middle of nowhere and all the employees are housed in employee flats with their coworkers as roommates. They have curfews and have limited visitation allowed, definitely no girlfriends. So they spend most of their time working unpaid overtime or getting drunk with their coworkers. After a few years they all get promoted regardless of their actual effectiveness at the job and move on to other offices and if they are struggling to get a wife, after all that, the company will find them one from their secretarial staff.
I feel like this is, more or less, becoming the standard in the west as well. Big companies love to make their young, new workers move across the country and have constant not-mandatory-but-actually-mandatory after work events. They might not live on a campus, but their local peer group is nothing but coworkers and time that should be off really isn’t – unless you want to be shunned by your new friends and, eventually, let go, of course.
Japan counts as another planet.
When you join a japanese company usually it’s straight out of college and you have known for at least the last year of the course you know you have a job there. And you know it’s a job for life with a guaranteed standard small raise every year and an almost guaranteed promotion every few years.
You see employees in Japan see their company as their family that’s even more important than their actual family.
And you may ask “wouldn’t this practice negatively impact on the company profits and wouldn’t they be outcompeted by other companys?”, yes they would and it maybe slowly happening with the further influence growth of international companys entering the Japanese market, but every japanese company does it and as is often the mantra in Japan if everyone’s does it I do it too, no matter how awkward/redundant/time consuming it maybe.
Doing things different to the socially expected norms is not very welcomed in Japan especially being an employe within company trying to “improve” its practices. It is seen as if you were saying to your boss that you were smarter than him and all his bosses above him including the directors of the company and all the former managing staff of the company for the 100+ years of the company.
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