2011年度2回(2011年10月実施) TOPIC： Is too much emphasis put on work in modern society?
Business culture Family relations Global competition Health Materialism Temporary employment
Since people have kept up vociferous calls for balance work and family for years, work attitude has been changing slightly especially among young people. Some put their priority on family and hobby, not work. However, there are still tendency toward putting emphasis on work.
Firstly, global competition, caused by the new trend toward overseas expansion runs workers off their feet recently. To keep up with multinational giant companies, employees are force to work harder and harder. Some of them have to do overtime until midnight, even worse inadequate holiday. They are obviously consumed by their incredible hard work and end up spending lots of their holiday sleeping all day.
This has a negative impact on their health and family relationship. Tiredness from working long hours creates stress and is damaging motivation to go out with their family. As a result, workers themselves and their family members would get stressed out. Prolonged work sometimes causes grave health issues, if the worst happen, death from overwork. Many trials against death by overwork every year show this problem is fairly major.
For this reason, strong competition of business around the world is the major thing why people prioritize their job. And in addition, the diversification of employment patterns such as temporary employment and part time job changes their attitude towards work. With this situation that we are encountering, it would be beneficial for the society if government would make laws to make sure that employees won’t be overworked and that society would choose their family over their work since the main reason that they work is for them to feed their family and not the other way around.
Therefore, I hope workers in the future would enjoy their spare time actively, have a lot of bonding with family members and not just release stress from work when they have their free time. This would create a well-balanced and healthy family relationship.