2020年12月30日 投稿:stak編集部

4. Remote Work, What You Can not Do 遠隔でできない仕事


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For daily ichizoku Vlogs and more, starting December 30th.

A New Year






Here’s a sunset from somewhere by the sea near Kurahashi, Hiroshima.

I just realized this will be the last post of the year.

I truly hope you have a wonderful next year,

and as they say in Japan, Otsukare (honorable tiredness)!

for getting through this year.

A New Project









Photo I randomly shot the other day of our very own genius, Uemoto.

So before we get on with things, I want to announce the new project I’ll be working on.

Of course, I’ll be continuing to do what I’ve been doing with instagram, blogging, and all the internal affairs like translation.


The thing I’m really excited about is a project we call ichizoku.

Basically, stak is going to focus on the area around Hiroshima airport and dive into renovation and local development.

If our right hand is what we’ve been doing – tech and smart home devices – our left hand will be ichizoku.

From an outside perspective, in modern homes as well as rural towns, in the city and in the countryside, stak will be working to manifest a better lifestyle, a way of living with more space and time.










So here’s what I’ll be doing from now on.

I’ll be uploading a video every day starting on December 30th to my channel.

Over the years I’ve spent traveling across practically all of Japan, I’ve found a lot of really fascinating communities. For me, this has been the thing that totally captured my interest in this country. Not even so far away from the city, there are so many communities of people living in some perfect harmony of modern and traditional, happily doing what they really want to do in the way they want to do it. However, I’ve found they’re all doing so really quietly.

Of course, it’s not the case that this is how everyone should live and that this is happiness for everyone. However, I do believe that if everyone knew they could live this way, Japan’s society would find a greater balance and flexibility overall.

So, for our ichizoku Project, I’m going to go around to make connections, and essentially do research. As I go, I’ll make a sort of daily Vlog, along with turning all that footage into one stylish edit to capture the feeling of each place I visit.

It really feels like I’m tying all the experiences of the last 6 years together in a really meaningful way.

So I would be so happy if you follow along with me.

Onwards! 進もう!

Remote Work • 遠隔の仕事

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Time and Tasks

These are the two things that I believe now are essential,

having learned from experience of the consequences of not managing these well.

What I believe you cannot do is this:

• Tell your employee to find work to do.

Of course, this is a really important notion and way of work. Really, if there’s no one in the company who can take the initiative to create work for themselves to do, and do it, the company probably won’t do too well.

That being said, the employee and the company have to maintain a clear understanding of what specific tasks the company wants done, and what tasks the employee can do of their own accord. Without doing this, time will just disappear without really being spent productively.

In more practical terms, like with us, we started my remote work period having only decided what kinds of things I could do, instead of deciding what I would do. 

This left me nearly every day sitting down to do work in front of my computer, and then spending a disproportionate amount of time considering what thing I could do, instead of doing a thing.






There are also of course a lot of things you simply cannot do when you’re working remotely which are very important.

Not drinking or parties with your coworkers, but simply meeting with them. Talking with them and understanding each other. This is extremely important.

More simply, if you want to take a picture, you cannot. If you don’t send something like a device, you have no way of getting your hands on it. There are lots of obstacles.

In the end, I really think work is the same as romantic relationships. If the connection at its core is good, then it will work out. But long distance does make all things harder. Just saying it’s harder doesn’t really mean anything, so what’s actually hard about it? I think it’s that, when you’re actually together, there are always, constantly, little pleasantries and difficulties that naturally arise, and are naturally resolved through unspoken interactions, like one’s eyes, and the way one moves. All of this happens in the subconscious. So then when suddenly you’re separated, you have to really make a conscious effort to carve out time to take care of all these little difficulties that arise, or else they’ll build up and before you know it have led to distance in the relationship.

It’s really the same in working remotely.









So if I put it simply, to make remote work go well,

each person’s job needs to be very clearly defined.

There ought to be someone that gives out tasks for the workers to do according to their abilities,

or else there will be a lot of time wasted that goes out the window.

Both the worker and company have to know what exactly they can do for the company, even while working remotely.

Then schedule consistent meetings to stay in touch with each other and make sure mutual understanding is maintained.

If you do it right, remote work can be fantastic with efficient time usage and allowing employees their preferred workstyle and work environment.

But understanding the difficulties of remote work before beginning it is essential.