Most malls and shops in our western counter-part countries closes on weekends and only opens from Mondays to Fridays during office hours (with the exception of extended hours on one of the weekdays).
I'm wondering if we are going into first world country with third world mentality when we are accusing folks of not working on weekends.
Next, if we can whip and drive "foreign talents" to work on weekends, extended hours, unofficial add-on tasks but at the same time paying them grossly lower wages compared to the locals, would that translate to the employers' image as unjust, exploitive and cheap? How will that affect our products and services?
If the argument is on being cost competitive for survival, how do we explain that our western counter-parts have a year on year positive economic growth every year except during those of occasional recessions?
If employees' are in general grumpy and has low morale in their jobs, does it not suggest that the issue is not with all the employees but lie somewhere in the organisational policies such as welfare, coaching, mentoring and strategic employee motivation tools? Did the employers even bothered to investigate on the root causes of these issues?
It is easy to blame the locals and find excuses to hire cheaper slave-like "foreign talents" to do the rut. At the end of the day, everyone suffers; the talents will move on to other countries, new-comers from overseas will fill these vacancies with the same stepping stone mentality, working conditions for local employment continues to become hyper uncompetitive (which fails to attract true talents).
As the emerging countries around us catches up, we will continue to spiral down the path to hades with our general cost competitiveness strategem which will fail to stand up to other countries (eg. Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia & Indonesia) with no other strategem or resources nor breakthrough in innovation.
Is this what we truly want while blaming the locals?