nom·mu·ni·ca·tion

IStock_000010459219XSmall nom·mu·ni·ca·tion (noun): A Japanese word (roughly translated as "drinkcommunication") describing the informal social discourse that takes place between coworkers while drinking after-hours.

The website Global Voices defines nommunication is a contraction of the Japanese word nomu ("to drink") and "communication":

Drinking with classmates or team mates when you are a student, or with colleagues when you are an employee is an important activity if you want to be part of the group. According to many, it is with a glass of beer or sake in hand that a new type of franker communication may occur, or a nommunication.

Nommunication (roughly translated as drinkommunication) is a term created by mixing the verb nomu (to drink) and the term ‘communication'. It can be defined as an important part of becoming a social person [en], as it deals with the working etiquette of an employee, and was created to indicate the type of communication that is established between a superior with his junior colleagues over social drinks apart from the office.

The blog Japan: A Conversation offers the following definition of nommunication:

“Nommunication” is a relatively recently coined Japenglish (hybrid Japanese-English) word that is a combination of the Japanese word nomu, meaning “to drink,” and the English word “communication.” Here (although not always), nomu specifically refers to drinking alcohol, and so this word in total refers to the communication between people who are drinking alcohol together. This most often applies to work parties (called enkai) that are nearly as obligatory as work itself.


 





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Very interesting name! I can certainly relate to this. I assume that this is more aimed at bigger corporations then it is small businesses. As a full-time employee, you often see your fellow employees more then you see your family and in bigger businesses it's more likely that a larger group would all have the same times off work to be able to meet up. Conversations taken place outside of the work place can essentially bring employees closer because when you are at work you do not have time to socialize and get to know each other. Management is more likely to be more lose and open up to their junior colleagues thus creating less tension on the job. I wouldn't suggest drinking too much with a fellow co-worker, it's not professional and too much alcohol will effect your judgment and increases the chances of creating negative opinions towards one another.

 

I think this is an interesting new term to describe the relationships one forges through drinking. Although I am not yet 21, I know that social gatherings outside of the work place create stronger bonds between co-workers. I have worked at the same retirement home for about two years. It took me a long time to become close with my fellow employees. Around Christmastime many of my co-workers will go out for drinks. So, even though I am not yet old enough, I still went out with these co-workers. Outside of the work place people tend to open up more and become more relaxed. Managers don't feel the need to control employees, so it is easier to relate to superiors. I really enjoyed finding a word to describe this particular experience!

 

well... drnking is no a good hing but i need to say that it really helps in improving relationships between coworkers.. as shows my experience all the most important decisions can be made somewhere in a bar after work. there you can make friends who can help a lot if something goes wrong. also greta ideas can come suddenly with a bear) unbelievable but it is the truth)

 

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Very interesting name! I can certainly relate to this. I assume that this is more aimed at bigger corporations then it is small businesses. As a full-time employee, you often see your fellow employees more then you see your family and in bigger businesses it's more likely that a larger group would all have the same times off work to be able to meet up. Conversations

 

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