SME Owner: Of Course We’d Hire Foreigners Over Locals, Young Singaporeans Have No Hunger!

Posted on Sep 24 2014 - 10:42pm by Redwire Singapore
Get the spurs stuck in, kiddos!

Get the spurs stuck in, kiddos!

KEN CHEE: We are a small and fast growing company. Currently, we have 20 full time team members in 2 countries, SG and MY. Singapore is the corporate HQ. We have almost 15 Singaporeans and PRs in our SG office. We paid reasonably well, often above market rate including attractive bonuses and incentives. We are in a centralised location with Newton MRT just stone throw away. We have a fun culture and encourage our team to grow intellectually and financially. We are blessed to have responsible team members with hardworking and positive attitude so far. Often we monitor, track, select and mentor them within our own network.

This post is to highlight that it is getting more challenging to attract quality local workforce over the years. The mindset of certain Singaporean especially the young ones are appalling. At this point of writing, I, CEO of a company is waiting for a candidate who is late for 60 mins (without informing). Most of the times when they do turned up, they “demand” unrealistic expectation with very little results to show. In fact, it seems that these young Singaporeans find working in an environment for more than 2 years disgraceful. In another word, “job hopping”, showing a lack of perseverance. Ironically, they dream about working 4 hours work week and yet becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or Ma Yun.

I nearly flipped when one of them asked me about work life balance when she’s only 24. One asked what can the company do for her? It seems the world evolve around her. Another one stared into the daze when asked about his vision and passion. One shakes her head when asked whether it is ok to take on an expanded responsibility. The attitude of local workforce worries me.

The young people in Singapore worries me. They lack of courage, hunger and fire in them. It seems that they have been living in a cotton candy world called Singapore. Is this the future of our country? Can you blame company and entrepreneurs like us seeking foreign talents? I’m concerned about our country competitiveness if this is the quality of our young generation.

This commentary was written by Ken Chee.
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  1. Annie September 4, 2015 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Quite a number of female magazines (local) tend to headline that job-hopping as something postive. That’s being featured rather regularly as well. Perhaps that is a large contributing factor to this manner of thinking?

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