Managing in Singapore
Working in a Melting Pot of Cultures
Many people don't realize how important Singapore is to the global economy. It has the world's fourth-largest financial center and its port is one of the busiest in the world. It also has the world's third-highest average income per person.
People who live in Singapore enjoy a beautiful cityscape and world-class cuisine. The country is also a melting pot of cultural, ethnic, and religious groups.
Together, these weave a complex and colorful tapestry that illustrates the diverse nature of our world. However, this diversity can make it challenging to manage and work in Singapore.
In this article, we'll explore how to navigate the rich and varied Singaporean culture, and we'll look at how to manage a team in Singapore.
Singapore is an incredibly diverse country, so this article is meant as a general guide only. Always be flexible in your approach, and don't assume that the strategies we cover here will be suitable in every situation.
Singapore consists of 63 islands nestled between Malaysia and Indonesia. The main island is Singapore Island, and most business is conducted here. Many of the smaller islands are uninhabited.
The country covers only 232 square miles (704 square kilometers). However, almost 5.6 million people live here, which makes it one of the most densely populated countries in the world.
Singapore is located between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Singapore has a very diverse population, and people of Chinese descent make up the majority. There are also many Malay and Indian people, as well as a mix of people from other parts of the world.
The country has four official languages: Mandarin, English, Malay, and Tamil. Most people speak very good English. Some people speak what's known as "Singlish," which is English peppered with words and phrases from other languages.
In 1968, Singapore introduced the Employment Act, which outlines employment terms and working condition guidelines for most workers. However, some people, including government workers and people in executive or managerial roles, have different protections from those in the Employment Act....