Jamaican Culture Of Violence Makes For Volatile Workplaces
IF YOU NEED ANOTHER REMINDER that Bajan culture and societal norms are not Jamaican culture and societal norms, then Tuesday’s riot, arsons, shooting and management’s skin of the teeth escape by helicopter at the multi-billion dollar Fiesta Hotel project in Jamaica might make you appreciate Barbados and the Bajan people.
But for better or worse, in the world’s eyes, we’re all rapidly becoming the same big CARICOM brand and destination. Just one big Caribbean family. Too bad one of our family members is a bad seed.
Our Jamaican blogging friend at Chronicles From A Caribbean Cubicle blames it all on the Spanish hotel management. He says those Spaniards would have been OK in Barbados or Trinidad, but they just didn’t understand the volatile Jamaican workplace.
I guess not!
What A Schizophrenic Relationship We Have With Jamaica
On one level Barbados is trying to make CARICOM work economically, but we want nothing to do with the Jamaican culture of violence. As Deputy Prime Minister Mia Mottley said on Brass Tacks a few weeks ago, Jamaicans are “different”. (I’ll have to dig out exactly what Mama Mia said. It was the first time I’ve agreed with anything she said in the past year.)
Let me see here – I’m a rich international investment group looking to build a hotel in the Caribbean. Where should we build it… Barbados or Jamaica?
Chronicles From A Caribbean Cubicle tells it like it is, but I wonder if he knows how bad it looks to the outside world…
Riot On The Job
At the Spanish-owned Fiesta hotel construction site in Hanover yesterday, an employee was shot, the workers rioted and burned a building and several vehicles, and the management team had to be airlifted out by helicopter.
The reports listed in the press gave conflicting causes: it was either workers arriving late and being locked out, or a lack of ID badges, depending on the newspaper one happened to read.
Needless to say, the company’s culture is probably in a mess and the managers are probably meeting somewhere right now trying to figure out what went wrong.
I imagine that the issues had been building for some time, and only came to a head yesterday morning, resulting in nothing short of a riot, and bloodshed.
Unfortunately, the outcome is not all that strange for our region — all it takes is a management team made up of foreigners that do not understand the environment in which they are operating.
Whereas in Barbados and Trinidad, the result might be a sudden loss of productivity, in Jamaica the result is often physical protest, to the surprise of managers who are not versed in Jamaican work culture, or ignorant of how volatile local workplaces can be…
… continue reading this article at Chronicles From A Caribbean Cubicle (link here)