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Expatriate Insurance News: Expat business leaders 'should not force Thai workers to change'

Expatriate business leaders in Thailand want local employees to adapt faster to a more Western approach to work, according to the managing director of a public relations company.

Valerie McKenzie, who heads Thana Burin Asia Pacific, made the comments at a discussion on small and medium enterprises operating in Thailand.

She said it was unacceptable that most foreign managers want Thai workers to change their approach to employment and they should instead mix local and international methods.

She said: "The only things Thais need to change is what they can learn from these people [their expatriate employers]," the Bangkok Post reported.

"Too many foreigners come here just because they want to run a business, but what they lack is understanding of the culture," she added at the event, which was jointly hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce and the New Zealand-Thai Chamber of Commerce.

Time management and finding ways of working in the right area could help expat managers get the best out of their staff, she added.

Business leaders considering moving expanding their companies to Thailand could consider taking out expatriate medical insurance to help manage unexpected healthcare costs.

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