Overtime: When you do a job past the time that you are supposed to, or want to, or probably need to. Japan is obsessed with it. This is nothing excitingly new. They did after all invent the word 過労死(death by overwork) and the 90 hour work week. Did you even know there were 90 hours to work in a week? There are!
I don’t think anyone in Japan actually likes overtime (Or do they?) But they do it out of duty, pressure, and responsibility. I don’t buy it. But that’s fine. I don’t work at a Japanese company.
But there is a new trend. A new phrase that baffles, thanks to HR consultant 常見陽平 (Tsunemi Youhei). He coined a new desirable standard that most female university graduates are looking for when it comes to a company job.
Or as it sounds in awkward English:
Sparkling 8:00PM Clock Out Time!!
It looks and feels something like this: ☆*:.｡. o(≧▽≦)o .｡.:*☆
According to university graduates, this is the best time to leave the workplace. This prime work leaving time allows for huge benefits:
1. Working till 8 makes you feel like you had a good and productive day.
2. You can maintain your private and social life.
3. Most good and sophisticated 合コン(Goukon – match up dating parties) start at 8.
Now true, the old Western 9-5 or 9-6 model is kind of dying. But no one is saying excitedly when they leave work every day at 8, “It’s sparkling time!”
Is there a change brewing?
What are your work hours? If you stayed till 8 every day, would you consider yourself sparkling?
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.