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Hiring staff in the Philippines?
Over the last few weeks I have been talking to some expats that have opened businesses in the Philippines. Some areas have problems with brown outs, rubbish collection and inconsistent food supplies. Despite that they are still managing to continue.
However, the thing that really causes them problems is the ability to find and keep staff. They all believed that the last problem they would have ever had to worry about is getting staff, after all there are thousands upon thousands of people looking for work and who really need the money. Well, that’s true but for a reason that has everyone scratching their heads people do not want to work.
The expats even throw in extra money and better accommodation and meals and still the turnover is huge. It has got so bad that one place has refused to employ locals as they are just too lazy and unreliable and they boat in people from other Islands and pay their fares. We are mostly talking of staff who serve and clean and odd jobs, this is not a job that should be so difficult to fill, but I promise you it really is.
Most staff are not use to actually working. The truth is that they have been so use to just sitting down and serving one person with a beer and a portion of chicken and rice that when something more is needed they cannot cope and do not want to. Is it education? Is it laziness? Is it a cultural thing?
Even when some of the place offer certificates and real training, they still lose people. Most go for no known reason and others get upset at the most small thing and leave. They leave with no where to go. They leave without another source of income and they put themselves in the position of not being able to feed themselves or their families.
Some , will a few days later turn up at work and ask to work again because they have no money!! They do not seem to have a strong work ethic here at all. Most of the Philippines work ethic seems to be far behind that of the west, but here it seems much worse than other places. Nobody can really say why.
That is in nobody’s interest at all.