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Schools outside the US can place an annual bulk order for their school families that includes four paper and digital issues per year. Schools outside the US can place an annual bulk order for their school families that includes four digital-only issues. In the Japanese corporate system, merit has traditionally taken a long time to be evaluated—often until people reached their 40s.
Young employees, however good they might be, had to wait for promotion until they got older. What was valued most was the strength of an employee's character, not his or her immediate skills. But now that lifetime employment is withering away, Japan has become more of a meritocracy. One example is Itochu, one of the largest trading companies. Until last year, the company's pay structure had more than a dozen bands, each representing a range of years of service.
On the advice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, an American consultancy, the company switched to merit-based pay, with three wide bands and room for incentives within each of them.
The effect was that younger workers were given more rises, and older people suffered more cuts. They moved me around a lot before I ended up in HR. These days young guys care about what job they have—they want to build their skills. And for good reason. With job security now shattered, workers have to protect themselves. It is no longer enough for a manager to be an expert in the inner workings of his company. Instead, he needs portable skills, updated regularly.
Young people can make that leap more easily than older ones. Today one-third of young Japanese change jobs in their first five years at work.
This may be low by American standards, but in Japan it would have been unthinkably high just a decade ago. Studies show that the loyalty of young people to their companies has declined markedly.
They are no longer willing to put in years of service, waiting for their pay to increase. Better to keep switching companies, ratcheting up their salary with each move. Headhunting, once unknown because changing jobs carried a stigma, is booming.
In the past, almost all MBA students were sponsored by their companies. Now they tend to be workers in their mids who have left their firms of their own accord and do not intend to go back.
Instead, more and more of them want to start their own business. That way the firm reduces its head count, but it keeps a connection with former employees—which may come in handy if they subsequently become successful.
Japan is no Silicon Valley, but its ambitious young people at work have never had it better. The first workers with bleached hair have been spotted in government ministries and among university teachers.
Tomorrow's Child Magazine is part of The Montessori Family Alliance, an international network of Montessori parents, teachers, and friends of Montessori. Ray Anderson gave a profound and powerful talk about his decades-deep commitment to sustainable ways of doing business through his carpet company Interface — culminating in the Mission Zero plan. Tomorrow’s Child, though yet unborn, The business logic of sustainability: Ray.
The big firms now have a casual-dress code. Young managers no longer need to bring a grey-haired senior to meetings with them. Over the next decade, this trend will be reinforced by economic recovery, the retirement of the post-war generation, the spread of technology within all firms, and the increasing adoption of American business practices.
Today, Japanese youth do not feel especially lucky, just as Generation X felt gloomy about its future. But although they may not know it, their luck is about to improve. Where Japan had a recession that temporarily darkened the prospects for the young, Germany had unification.
The optimism for the future that came with the fall of the Berlin wall soon wore off as the cost of rebuilding former East Germany's economy became apparent. The collapse of communism made the children of the East cynical about institutions, whereas in the West the layoffs and corporate restructuring that came with the recession fostered a sense of insecurity.
The shake-up made parents less sure of their advice, and hence less bossy, which often brought them closer to their adolescent children.
Young people learnt to live with ambiguity and gained independence. But at the same time Germany, like Japan, experienced a youth crisis. Unemployment among the young rose, especially in the East and among the less educated. This caused bitter resentment of foreign workers and the resurgence of a small but vocal neo-Nazi movement. Although the skinheads were by no means representative of German youth as a whole, many young working people were angry at high taxes and an overly generous social-security system that makes unemployment too attractive, placing a larger burden on the employed.
And although they may not have given it much thought yet, in a few decades young Germans will have to support a record number of pensioners, a problem exacerbated by a birth bust in the former East after the fall of the wall. There are many reasons why youth has failed to storm the barricades of business in modern Germany. Along with a conservative financial industry, that helps to explain why the technological opportunities have not caused an entrepreneurial explosion among young Germans, as they have among young Americans.
Most of Germany's best-known Internet companies, such as Intershop and Ricardo. If you join a large company, you'll enter a training programme just as you would have long ago. Sales increased by two-thirds and profits doubled as Interface adopted sustainable practices. Ray created a vision for his employees: to believe in and serve something larger than themselves.
They all committed to a vision of zero impact by It expresses how we steal from future generations and calls us to devote ourselves to protecting the world today.
It really comes down to choice, says Ray. Do we choose to help the Earth or hurt it? Choosing to help transforms our thinking.