It’s hard to understand why things are the way they are without knowing how they were. This is no small undertaking. Maybe starting with looking at how people lived and worked in Japan one or two generations ago will help to unpack the way gender differences play out in the workplace today. Family structures and the expectations placed on an individual simply because of their gender are affected by the work environment. Or did these expectations from the workplace affect family and gender roles? Chicken or egg?
It isn’t surprising that some of us get stuck in a rut over our commitment to work. Work-life balance is an ongoing negotiation. It’s not uncommon to feel stressed, and for that to manifest physically in our bodies, creating chronic pain issues. Sometimes, this can even lead to a heart attack or stroke….
As a Canadian, I’m used to rules and guidelines. Almost every aspect of our lives is regulated in some way, making it easy to know what to expect in day to day life. There is a predictable experience and quality of a product. There are also regulations about where businesses are physically established.