Publish date

06/21/2022

Be Face-to-Face Ready, Remember Your Japanese Business Greetings

「お疲れ様です」

“otsukaresamadesu”

generally used as an opening greeting to most businesses. Can be used by anyone regardless of the position at work. It’s like saying “Hello!” in a professional way.

「ご苦労様」

“gokurousama”

is also a business greeting but only used by bosses to subordinates. For employees,
being familiar with this phrase can help in knowing to properly greet your boss back.

「お先に失礼します」

“osakinishitsureishimasu”

it is being used when leaving work earlier than others or at any business occasion
where one has to depart before the scheduled conclusion. To relay a respectful
exit or to simply acknowledge the longer time being spent by your colleagues.

「お疲れ様でした」

“otsuakaresamadeshita”

the usual response to ③「お先に失礼します」but can also be used when someone finishes a project or a task. This shows recognition to their effort.

「よろしくお願いします」

“yoroshikuonegaishimasu”

commonly, this is used as a part of self-introduction but also when
acknowledging the help you receive or will be receiving from your colleagues.

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