Karoshi, the Japanese word for over-work

El Novillero: Does Kaizen lead to Karoshi? If so, what is the “sanity check” to to ensure it doesn’t? Also, isn’t the element of time THE determinant factor in this analysis?

Sasha: ?If determination  is inherently followed by hard work, it doesn’t need to drive you to a point of burn out. There is a common misconception about hard work; hard work can include dedicating valuable time, prioritizing tasks and making the biggest ‘jump’ towards your goal by making ‘smart’ advances. While managing the hard work curriculum, one is simultaneously dealing with social pressures, self confidence concerns and corporate culture that may or may not be defunct. Individuals have to manage, managers have to listen and observe, executives need to be conscious of the investment they make into their staffers and how quickly they are turning them over or rather how many of them stay once they’ve completed level I of the corporate hunger games.

Addressing the Karoshi culture is a conversation that extends far beyond overtime hours. It addresses a corporate culture that values conformity and production rather than innovation; in reality it’s these companies that should have the smallest headcount.


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