Author: Toru Kumagai
Publisher: Seishun Publishing
Our goal is to have better labor productivity, so I tried reading this book. In the past, I have read similar books. I feel like most of them talk about the same thing.
Human health requires "food, rest, and exercise". I believe that the following three is required for improving productivity. That is, "working within the hour, enjoying the time off, and rest". These three are the strategy. As a strategy, machine depending, meeting within 30 minutes, concentrate during the productive morning may be mentioned.
The keyword in this book was "work-life balance". There was interesting information at the end of the book.
"Germany, a country that has longer vacation than Japanese people and has higher GDP than Japan"
"Goal is to work efficiently to create more free time and productivity"
I've experienced working part-time, being a salary worker, a freelancer, and being a business owner. I enjoy being the business owner in which there is no limit to work hours and having the responsibility 24/7. Being a salary worker was the easiest. Being a freelancer was fun but too hard. Working part time was far too long ago.
The following were mentioned in the book:
- Lay-off is as difficult as it is in Japan. It's only easy in the U.S.
- Social insurance fee is high, so the actual pay is low.
- Stores are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
- 30 days of paid holiday. Almost all are used up.
- There are many contract workers, so there are many low-wage working class people.
- Emphasis on work-life balance.
- Country as a whole must take the lead. Publicize company names that violate the rules, random inspection by the labor office, punishment for the violation.
- Get rid of the idea that working over time is a positive action <personally, I think this is the most important.
- Allow 2-week vacation. During the first week, you start to worry about work. During the second week, you get to actually rest.