Vodcast # 28 - Cultural Stereotypes in Workplace by John Ho
John has been working in Chiang Mai for some time. He often gets asked about whether he feels Thais are slow or not as hard-working.
He is from Hong Kong, which is a place that emphasizes efficiency. For him, it depends on the matter of perspective. He has also come across many proactive & responsible workers alongside his work here.
Another factor is related to language barrier. When he didn’t speak the local language, it takes more effort & time for him to explain to workmates.
On the matter of hard-working, Thais enjoy work life balance and have great time management. Because of this, he finds himself happier.
It’s easy to generalize when talking about cultural barriers. But understanding them avoids cultural conflicts.
About the Speaker:
Mr. John Ho is a social media marketing strategist and co-founder of Alt_. He grew up in Hong Kong and after graduating from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he spent his first 10 years in Hong Kong working in the hospitality sector. Later on he pursued in network marketing business and also became one of the pioneers in mobile live-streaming with Periscope (Twitter Live App). His global audience is more than 60,000 combined with over 5,000 hours of stream time across platforms like Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. He helped built a Facebook page (Martial Tribes) to over 4 million page fans and also created the page "Married to Chiang Mai" with highly engaging content in various formats. John and his family are currently living in Thailand and he is creating his first co-living and co-working space in the old city of Chiang Mai.