Ever thought about how many times to knock on the door when you are heading into a job interview? In Japan, it matters.
A shortage of young people means there are two job openings for every applicant in Tokyo, prompting some Japanese companies to consider hiring foreign workers. But an interview can be an etiquette minefield, particularly for a non-native. Even Japanese students have to be drilled on the code, so it’s all the more important for outsiders to be aware of the rules.
“It’s kind of a test of how well you’re trying to fit in,” said Rochelle Kopp, who runs Japan Intercultural Consulting, which helps multicultural workplaces function better. Here’s what you need to …
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Some say that working remotely provides them with a more flexible environment. Most importantly, they believe that it makes it less likely one will fall into the monotonous daily grind.
The concept of start-up establishment often involves employees working outside of office premises. One of the common advantages is that employees are allowed to spend less money than they usually do on transportation, particularly if their homes are far away from the office.
Below are five interesting points that may show the…
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The conventional wisdom on crying at work is, well, don’t. It’s unprofessional, it makes other people uncomfortable, and women in particular come off as weak when they do it.
Yet, despite the stigma, many do it. In one survey of 13,000 people, 10 percent of respondents reported holing up in an office bathroom stall to let it all out. Another survey of 700 people found that 41 percent of female respondents and 9 percent of male respondents admitted to crying at work. I’ve done it at my desk in an open office space. And while reporting this story, many of my colleagues, men and women alike, have …
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Compared to working at the office, working from home is often considered a more convenient and fun option.
However, working from home can be challenging, such as in the necessity to maintain self-motivation. When the environment is too relaxing, there is a chance that one might neglect their work, especially if they work from home, a place where a certain sense of comfort would be considerably hard to resist.
To tackle such issues, here are several tips for …
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While smartphones help us stay in touch with colleagues, keep on top of our inbox, and complete urgent tasks on the move, they actually make us less productive when we are working at our desks, according to a new psychological experiment by the Universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent.
The experiment, which was commissioned by Kaspersky Lab, unearthed a correlation between productivity levels and the distance between participants and their smartphone. When their smartphone was …
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Not interested in those online university courses your parents keep nagging you about? We feel you. But who says online learning is limited to academic courses only? Below are 21st century skills you should consider picking up this summer.
A new language
In the ever-globalizing world we live in, the ability to speak several languages proficiently definitely constitutes a great asset. As enrolling in tutoring centers takes up a little too much travel time and perhaps can be a little costly, why not check out these language-learning websites for you to learn on ….
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