The Rate

In addition, there may be a discrepancy between negative perceptions of expatriates between lower and higher level staff. Rivalry over career-advancement opportunities within the host unit may explain why high-status locals (e.g. managers and professionals) perceive resident expatriates more negatively than do lower-level host country nationals. It has been observed that the unwillingness to defer to or accept foreigners may stem from the concern that they create communication problem in the workplace which host hinder country nationals’ from pursuing and achieving organizational goals. Let’s translate the above to expatriate practice. The below interview quotes were part of doctoral studies of the author of this article and focus particularly on expatriates working in SE Asia. The rate of refers to a different approach of working with deadlines, as well first, the expatriate makes the crucial mistake of raising his voice when several host country nationals attend a meeting: we are very deadline-sensitive and when you discuss deadlines with subcontractors in Thailand and then you raise your voice because they don’t meet deadlines. It may happen to you that they run away from you.

They use all sorts of excuses to run away. because to some extent, especially with small and medium scale industry, they have a different attitude towards deadlines as we have. This account is supported by a Singaporean expatriate, who, although Asian, experienced adjustment issues and had to adjust his behaviour in order to work efficiently: the Thais have a particular cultural behaviour in relation to conflict and ehh when you are trying to anyway correct eh someone who is on the wrong track anyway either because he or she is emergency doing the work according to what you want or it could be they are missing deadlines, etc. In many other countries it is acceptable to show some unhappiness on your part as to employer, as a boss, but in Thailand they take wants great upfront at any show of any public show of anger or unhappiness and the reaction is, eh is eh lack of respect for for owner and they shut down.

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