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Old May 7th 2013, 11:10 am
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Working again for a Far-Eastern contractor after a break of some 15 years, I realise I’d forgotten the degree of difference in two particular aspects.

First, the work ethic of individual employees. Life-time employment is still a realisable expectation for employees, and is a large part of the jigsaw that results in unquestioning loyalty and dedication. Personal pride and position are almost totally subjugated by efforts to improve the company’s performance and standing.

Second, a strict heirarchical structure, with orders and directions carried out without question or hesitation. It means that things get done quickly and with everyone pulling in the same direction.

Neat, especially for an outsider.
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They must hate you.
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Shame the quality of work of 'some' far eastern (China) is absolutely shocking. Don't get me wrong, the big boys from Korea and the like are quality.
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Good stuff, sounds like you're enjoying it.
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They must hate you.
They love me. They hate their lazy, lying subbies.
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They love me. They hate their lazy, lying subbies.
Oh I bet they do.

At least they've got a good Contracts guy to make sure they don't just shake hands and think that's concrete
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You in Morocco Bahtat ?

I might be visiting a couple of Korean sites there first week of June
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Working again for a Far-Eastern contractor after a break of some 15 years, I realise I’d forgotten the degree of difference in two particular aspects.

First, the work ethic of individual employees. Life-time employment is still a realisable expectation for employees, and is a large part of the jigsaw that results in unquestioning loyalty and dedication. Personal pride and position are almost totally subjugated by efforts to improve the company’s performance and standing.

Second, a strict heirarchical structure, with orders and directions carried out without question or hesitation. It means that things get done quickly and with everyone pulling in the same direction.

Neat, especially for an outsider.
Tell you what, I was in Singapore last week - now they know how to run a city. The place runs like clockwork, people friendly and we got stuck in traffic for 15 mins and guess what? Not a single car horn was heard, not even once.

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