Young Workers Wait for Advice, Superiors Want Them to Think on Their Own


Many new employees prefer waiting for advice, whereas their superiors want them to think on their own, according to a recent Japan Management Association survey.

In the survey on the attitudes of young people who joined the workforce this month, the association asked newcomers what they expect of their superiors.

The questionnaire found that 50.1 percent expect their superiors to communicate with them frequently and that 31.7 percent expect to have everything explained in detail.

However, in a question asking experienced workers what their priority is when training new employees, 70.1 percent cited encouraging newcomers to think on their own. Only 6.2 percent thought explaining everything is important.

“The survey shows that the gap between the attitude of new employees and that of their superiors is wider than ever,” an official of the association said.

Asked to evaluate themselves, 44.6 percent of the new recruits cited seeing projects through to the end as their main strength, and 41.7 percent mentioned working with a humble and positive attitude. In contrast, only 9.7 percent described themselves as natural leaders.

The survey suggests the new hires are both ambitious and passive, the official said.

The survey also found that 56.6 percent of the newcomers would like to remain at one company until retirement, up from 46.8 percent in the previous survey.

The survey from March 4 to April 11 polled 1,002 newcomers and 307 veterans.