Working for a Japanese firm – Isuzu Motors Pvt. Ltd

“naku neko nezumi o toranu” is a famous saying in Japanese. Which means that a loud cat doesn’t catch mice. Japanese belief in this principle might be the reason why the entire office is mostly silent. The organisation is entirely formal and the roles are the employees are watertight. Cross talk across the departments and the break between the works is minimal in the office. Strict discipline is adopted across the organisation and any deviation from the rules is sternly discouraged. However they extend huge respect to their fellow employees.

To understand the nitty-gritties of their working culture, I had to compare Japanese culture with the Indian and American using Hofstede cultural dimension theory. The analysis proved why Japan has the third world economy in the world with just 1.7% of world population. Their long-term focus, avoidance of uncertainty and achievement orientation motivates them to improve productivity and thereby increase profits.

Japan’s score (95) in masculinity is very high when compared to India (56) and USA (62). Which means that the value system is driven by achievements, accomplishments and the perfection is achieved through their work. This is the primary reason why Japan has successfully recovered from Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear attacks. They may spend less than 8 hrs. outside the work but never defer on the deliverables to the company. Working overtime without any higher pay is routine for Japanese.

Uncertainty Avoidance and long term orientation scores are also exceptionally high when compared to USA and India. Japanese consider their life to be very short in the overall history of mankind. So they try to make the most of it by constantly adopting to the ever changing environment. They also believe in serving the overall society in this short span than to focus on their personal goals. This leads to the final criteria of individualism. This implies that the Japanese firms wholeheartedly take care of their employees which in turn improves productivity.

Though Japanese firms are achievement oriented, they never neglect the welfare of their employees. Maintaining a thin line of balance between the both is the uniqueness of Japanese corporate culture.

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