S’PORE CEO: YOUNG S’POREANS LACK THE COURAGE, FIRE AND HUNGER TO WORK HARD

Dear Singapore Government,

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. Newton MRT station is just stone throw away. We have a fun culture and encourage our team to grow spiritually, 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 and attitude of certain Singaporeans especially the young ones are appalling.

While I am writing this as the CEO of a company, I’m 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 looks 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.

Ken Chee

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