Bad Barbados or a person ill-suited for a foreign posting? We think it’s the later.
Canadian Elaine Sibson came to Barbados in January 2007 to run PWC’s tax practice. She lasted only six months before pulling the ejection seat handles and blasting off the island. Now she’s done an interview with a Canadian newspaper telling what went wrong.
After reading “Dark Days in Barbados” by the Globe Mail newspaper, we at BFP think that the title is very unfair.
“In the office, things were like they were 15 years ago. You tried to change something and they go right back to the way they did it before. I went to a conference in San Francisco on doing business in China, and came back with a lot of printed material. I gave it to a secretary to put it in a binder and it took a day and a half. She punched every page individually.”
Former PWC Barbados head Elaine Sibson in the Globe Mail article Dark Days in Barbados
I’ll sum up the article like this…
1/ Bajans were nice and friendly on the job, but after work Ms. Sibson got lonely.
2/ She couldn’t take the Bajan lack of productivity and unwillingness to accept and implement change.
While I understand point #2 about the lack of productivity and unwillingness to change, I wonder if Ms. Sibson really gave it a good effort on the after work social life. I can’t imagine Bajans not inviting her to share in so many social events if they had of only known how lonely she was.
It sounds to me like Ms. Sibson is a nice lady but she wasn’t a good choice for a foreign posting. As so many Bajans who have moved over and away will tell you: it takes real work, effort and commitment to develop friends when you are a newly arrived immigrant so far from home.
Good luck to Ms. Sibson, but I’m sure that her interview in the Globe and Mail is not a fair recounting of her time in Barbados.