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The 4 Types of Remote Workers in Japan

Why shower when you can just roll over onto the floor and start working? Hell, why even leave the bed?

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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the world has started working from home to keep the show going. In Japan, those of us who were fortunate enough to be able to work remotely have all gone through particular phases within our teleworking stints. Perhaps one day we can look back on what it was like to work from home, at a nearby izakaya on a Friday night.

The diligent worker

The first phase we all evolve from. The highly-caffeinated, ready to clack away at our keyboards phase. This is something you want to aim for, and something that’ll make your bosses proud (if you could even see them through Zoom with their outdated webcams).

The no pants

With all the technological advancements made by Japan, we have yet to see a webcam that stretches to your bottom half. Ergo, no need for pants if your co-workers can only see the top, right? Think of this as the halfway point between the diligent worker and a just plain lazy bum.

The SNS/Gamer

Ah yes, now we’re at the point where we’ve begun to let loose even more. In other words, during our breaks (or when the boss isn’t looking) we have a video loop of us paying attention while we simultaneously surf the internet and catch up on Animal Crossing turnip prices. The best part about working from home is the flexibility, of course.

The work from bed

Okay, now you’re just plain lazy. Get out of bed and get some work done! At the very least, you could slide onto the floor next to you and finish some tasks.

In the end, we all have to do what’s best for us. Watch the video above for more types including the one who just splashes water on their face and considers it a shower. Close enough, right? I hope you’re all staying safe during these trying times, and staying home when you can.

Which phase of teleworking did you find yourself in the most? Let us know in the comments! You can also watch Mason’s other videos here.

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