Nominication, a new term for after work drinking parties, is starting to make its round among Japanese employees and offices lately. Taken from the Japanese word nomi, which is the root of the verb “to drink,” and the last part of the word “communication,” nominication started as superiors meant to break down walls between them and their subordinates and establish a better communication line.
With established rules and guidelines in the work place, nominication is established to help subordinates and superiors relax and develop a deeper relationship with each other, oftentimes with the objective of evolving the work relationship to that of a more familial one. However, some employees feel that what is supposed to be a voluntary act is slowly becoming a mandatory gathering in their superior’s perspective, to the point that some have asked, both loudly and silently, whether the said gatherings count as overtime work. Such thoughts show how drinking parties have failed in their objective of establishing a better working relationship and communication method between people.
While the drinking parties may help establish good relationship between subordinates and superiors, companies who understand the essence of a true familial working relationship do not need a drinking party to build that. Some might agree that after work gatherings open up another avenue to speak about issues that normally would not be discussed at the workplace, cultivating an open communication between the boss and employees should begin in the workplace, rather than outside it. Facing employees can be done everywhere, even in the office cafeteria. Employers need to understand that direct communication is still the best way to address poor communication lines in the office. While alcohol may help, it is not necessary. Bridging the distance in communication will only be repaired if the intention to build it properly is there to begin with.
[via Japan Crush]