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    Thailand's challenge: Rich in ambitions, poor in people skills?

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 22/05/2017

    » Announcement of visionary and ambitious plans has become almost routine. The year 2017 will apparently not be an election year (nothing new about that) but has begun with boom times in the planning sector. In January 2017, we were treated to announcements about "Thailand 4.0". These were soon followed by further revelations about the "Eastern Economic Corridor". These schemes are all part of government strategies to move Thailand into "Thriving in the 21st century: security, prosperity and sustainability". The 21st century has been going for quite a while now, but "better late than never", and "never" had become quite a routine in recent years.


    Workplace Cooperatives: a sound way to save

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 13/12/2016

    » Recently, we featured the pioneering work of iCare Benefits, a zero interest cost employee benefits program. This scheme now serves over 3.1 million workers in more than 1,300 factories in an increasing number of countries, including Thailand. However, even before iCare Benefits reached Thailand, there were already worker cooperatives undertaking savings schemes. These worker cooperatives now have the opportunity to work together with iCare Benefits, joining alongside factory managements and trade union local branches to provide cost-effective benefits for workers.


    Career transition: keeping skills within the workforce

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 14/11/2016

    » Even highly successful companies often downsize or change the structure of their workforces. This can happen because of new technologies, change of nature of operations, mergers and acquisitions or other reasons. When such staff structural modifications take place, best practice companies will turn to career transformation specialists for what are often called out-placement or off-boarding services.


    Mobilising senior citizen manpower

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 25/10/2016

    » We have previously discussed Thailand's ageing population and the need to extend the working life of the active population. Older workers can be successful, effective workers. But they need special management skills, motivation and guidance for both employers and workers in order to gain maximum benefit. Research by Britain's University of Leicester (Vanessa Beck and Glynne Williams: Managing Older Workers) provides valuable insights into strategies for success.


    Reverse mentoring: youth and seniors reverse roles

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 15/08/2016

    » Youth and seniors have traditionally lived in different worlds, where "ne'er the twain shall meet". Moreover, today even a difference of one generation can mean a world apart in terms of technological knowledge and skills.


    Women in business

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 22/08/2016

    » Until the more progressive countries of the World came to recognise the realities of "LGBT", it was popularly believed that all of society was born into two roughly equal groups. There were little boys and there were little girls, most of whom grew up to become men and women. Institutions recognised that natural diversity, but, except in the most enlightened societies, failed to treat those two groups with the equality that they deserved. The men went out hunting, did the heavier work, often fought with neighbouring communities, and tended to rule the roost. The women stayed home, did the housework, produced and nurtured the babies, did a lot of the lighter work around the farm, but seldom rose to leadership even though they were often wiser and tended to live longer.


    Personality testing debate continued -- The Myers Briggs response

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 08/08/2016

    » In last week's Human Resource Watch, we discussed personality testing, with a cautionary viewpoint on the validity of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). We invited MBTI Thailand sole distributor Potentia to present their response.


    Human Development: how advanced is Thailand?

    Christopher Bruton, Published on 27/06/2016

    » Economic development is one thing, human social development is another. The new popular concept of "gross national happiness", is perhaps too vague and subjective to be meaningful for international comparison. The United Nations Development Progam (UNDP concept of "human development" may work more effectively. This has been around for just 25 years, since 1990, and claims to concentrate upon the "richness of human lives" rather than the "richness of economies".

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