I read one of your articles on employers’ perspective of hiring locals vs foreigners.
To a good extent, I agree with some of the statements posted by employers that local workers tend to job-hop and find the slightest excuse to leave the company.
Well at least I can draw this conclusion from the actions of my friends and myself.
As locals, we tend to want to exercise our Local Advantage to better our own lives. Its not surprising thus that a better educated and well-informed Gen Y would seek out better employment conditions through leveraging on the Local Advantage.
In Singapore’s job market, today Gen Y indeed enjoys greater mobility across jobs.
Gen Y loves to work in a well-known company in Posh Air-Conditioned Offices, well-dressed to work and going for extended lunch breaks with colleagues. The door must remain open for us to job hop…otherwise how are we gong to upkeep the high costs of living here?
A highly competitive society does not always breed loyal citizens. Unlike a country like Japan who has a rich historical and cultural identity, Singapore is a very young nation with mixed identities and little sense of belonging.
From young we are taught and graded on our performance.
We are not taught to be loyal to anybody. Loyalty is NOT rewarded. Performance and output is EVERYTHING.
The SAF is the only organization here that talks about Loyalty and executes this in the form of compulsory military conscription.
Indeed I know of only very few locals who are truly hardworking and effective. Even more rare are locals who are entrepreneurial.
In a truly meritocratic society, nationality simply does NOT matter. To remain as an Open Society that is Highly Competitive, Singapore has to open its doors to the world and lead by example. This is the Cosmopolitan image that the government wants to promote Singapore to the world.
Unfortunately, however, competition is limited to the private sector.
There is a need to open up competition too in governance, so that more Foreign Talents, in the form of opposition parties, can enter Parliament and enhance the current “Service Levels” to the nation.
So is the government truly practicing what it is preaching in the Foreign Talent policies?
Just as the government says….Cheaper, Better and Faster..this statement also applies to employees who offer their labour in exchange for cash.
Definitely, in a free market environment, people would seek higher compensation and work conditions when opportunity comes. It does not matter if Locals Job Hop because ultimately we should simply Mind our Own Business.
I want a Cheaper, Better and Faster government too. ..