Keeping your supervisor and coworkers happy can be the key to having a good work experience, instead of a horrible one
This list was made with the help of Japanese employers and coworkers who frequently work with foreigners. If you live in Japan, these tips might seem obvious, but many people (including myself) often forget to follow them. By following these tips, you can show your boss that you really appreciate your job.
5 – Answer the phone
No one wants to even think about work on their days off. But, if your workplace does call you on your day off, you should answer the phone. It’s probably important, and, since many foreigners don’t answer when their workplace calls, it’s a good chance to impress your boss.
4 – Even if you finish your tasks, you might not be finished
Even if all of your tasks are finished on time, you should at least ask your boss if they would like you to stay and help out until all the work is finished. It’s a good gesture, and it shows that you care about the team.
3 – The Japanese workplace is ONLY for work
While it is common in many countries for employees to check their phones during work, Japanese employers absolutely hate it! Even if you have finished all of your work and there is nothing else to do, it’s better not to check your phone or do some other non-work related activity. In Japan, the workplace is only for work. Instead of studying kanji or doodling Kumamon, why don’t you check to see if other coworkers need help.
2 – Getting to work on time is not good enough
Obviously, the Japanese have a reputation for being punctual, which is why you should NEVER be late. If you have to change into a uniform at work, you should already be changed into your uniform by the time your shift begins. But, if you want to really make your boss happy, you should try being at work at least 10 minutes before your shift begins.
1- Use the right names
Many foreigners, especially non-Asian foreigners forget this simple rule. While some bosses may be understanding if you call them by their given names, some bosses and coworkers will definitely get upset. Unless your boss or coworkers specifically tells you to call them by their given names, you better call them by their family names. Many bosses feel that by calling them by their first names (and not their family names) shows a lack of respect for both them and an ignorance of Japanese culture.
Of course these are just general tips, and they do involve working a bit harder. Even if you don’t follow these tips, you can probably still keep your job. However, if you really want to get even more respect from your boss and coworkers, show them respect and follow these tips!