I’ve read posts here about the lazy, brainless, useless employees in the Philippines and wonder how that could be since here (in Canada) I commonly see the exact opposite (with a few exceptions). Could this mean they are a product of their environment? Because they feel more purpose in a 1st world, is that making them work hard and value their job? That is the question I have and I’m still sorting through solid answers.
I was first introduced to the Filipino lifestyle around 2007. I was hot on a Filipina and talking with her just about every night. She described to me a lot of info about her job as a nanny. A lot of them work 8-10 hr shifts. Many work overtime on weekends and from what I’ve seen, most of them complete their contract with employers satisfied. The Filipinos that manage to find better ranking jobs also seem to hold their positions and do a proper job. I’ve come to some conclusions as to why and figure I would share them.
- They are held ransom by employers with a contract.
- They are held ransom by their parasite family members back in the PI.
- They see purpose and progression since they earn a little more than they did in the Philippines.
Or maybe it is a combination of all 3. Whatever the case, I picture it this way: You have a dozen freeloading family members relying on you, you might (or probably!lol) have a kid back home, your employer who has you contracted could threaten to deport you if you don’t do a good job (which in many cases has happened) and Although all of this sucks, you would do anything to avoid going back to the Philippines.
You wouldn’t believe how some of them get taken for granted. They are easy to manipulate since any employer could wave deportation papers in their face if they don’t do as they say. It’s modern day slavery and Filipinos unfortunately are the new N___rs (my wife even agrees). I heard of one case where this employer from Tim Hortons (a big chain coffee shop like McDs) was driving his Pinoy employees every pay day to the bank so they could cash their pay and hand over a percentage back to him! Talk about slavery! And I bet they were left with nothing for themselves since more than likely, they were sending the rest to the freeloaders back home. So this threat of deportation gives evidence and reason as to why some of them work like dogs.
Another reason which I have seen with my own eyes is that they have purpose. There is no more living pay check to pay check for the successful ones, therefore life is more enjoyable since they feel they are getting something out of the work they do here in the 1st world. I worked side by side with a Filipino and I can assure you, he is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t even have a family back home to worry about nor is he on a contract. The only down fall is that he commonly allows people to walk all over him.
I also have a friend who is running a position as a manager for a company and he insists that his best employees are Filipino. So my big question is this: Are these OFWs just a stronger part of the gene pool and surpassed the stupidly of the Failippines? Or are they just products of their environment? Or a bit of both?
I thought that after getting a decent job and a PR they would end this cycle of outstanding work, but for many of them, that does not happen. They continue good work ethic and hard work.Published in