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    panic thai culture.. i cant find this on the internet

    hey there im a chef student doing a class called working in a socally diverse envioment and we have to do an assignment on an 'easten' country.. and when the teacher was asking which country we are doing thailand was the first to come to my head now im stuck with it, its due tommrow and i still cant find some answers.. any help will be very appreciated.


    1. what are the acceptable customs for apologies - written and spoken?
    2. what are the no no's and how would you deal with difficult siturations?
    3. is there any issues that may cause conflict or misunderstandings? (question 2)
    4. how will you deal with these conflicts (question 3)
    5. who would u defer them to if you could not resolve this problem (question 4)
    6. traditional leisure time with activties

    thankyou for anyone who is willing to help, i have looked up everything i can find and i cant find any answers to those questions.

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    Re: thai culture.. i cant find this on the internet

    Quote Originally Posted by amzyj85 View Post
    hey there im a chef student doing a class called working in a socally diverse envioment and we have to do an assignment on an 'easten' country.. and when the teacher was asking which country we are doing thailand was the first to come to my head now im stuck with it, its due tommrow and i still cant find some answers.. any help will be very appreciated.


    1. what are the acceptable customs for apologies - written and spoken?
    2. what are the no no's and how would you deal with difficult siturations?
    3. is there any issues that may cause conflict or misunderstandings? (question 2)
    4. how will you deal with these conflicts (question 3)
    5. who would u defer them to if you could not resolve this problem (question 4)
    6. traditional leisure time with activties

    thankyou for anyone who is willing to help, i have looked up everything i can find and i cant find any answers to those questions.
    WOW! It's about 9:30 PM in Australia at this moment and you need it tomoorow--isn't this too short notice ?

    Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or an idiot from any direction.

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    Re: thai culture.. i cant find this on the internet

    I am not Thai but I work at a Thai school, have a Thai boss and have been working with Thais for 2.5 years.
    generally speaking, if there are problems, they are not attacked directly and openly. there are always attempts to sweep problems under the
    carpet as long as it is unavoidable to deal with it, even if you can see right from the beginning that the problem is not going to disappear. superficial solutions only dealing with the proper and acceptable appearance are always a lot more important than real, far-reaching solutions. it is a lot more important that things look good than actually making them good behind the surface. westerners find this very difficult to deal with. a typical example in a school environment is not failing any students, with both parents and teachers pretending that everything is perfect, teachers cheat when marking papers and tests, parents finish the kids' homework, and an illiterate kid graduates from primary in the end.
    as for conflicts, they are avoided at all costs. it is very typical that if your boss wants to criticise you or warn you about something important (e.g. being repeatedly late, not observing the dress code), he or she would not speak to you directly, instead would ask a colleague of yours to talk to you about the problem.
    seniority is strictly observed, bosses and senior colleagues are not often questioned, even if they are absolutely stupid. there isn't a lot of discussion and sharing of ideas, only amongst equals. they don't seem to be very good at effective teamwork, but they value shared experiences and help each other a lot.
    if you have Thai colleagues abroad, and you need to learn to work with them, the worst mistake you can make is criticising them openly, even if you mean well and only intend to help them become more effective. you need to be very tactful and indirect. Thai employees also expect to be taken out on company evening entertainment once in a while, like, a big dinner or karaoke or a weekend away from home, if you want to maintain good atmosphere at work, they really need these experiences. having fun at work is essential for them, besides working hard, it's not just about the money. they will struggle if the atmosphere is negative and there is too much pressure.

    that's all I can think of now.

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    Re: thai culture.. i cant find this on the internet

    btw you might need to brush up your google searching skills?

    these are all short papers on "working with thais"

    http://www.thai-blogs.com/index.php/...ssfully?blog=6
    http://www.apmforum.com/columns/thai29.htm
    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delp...8/paper41.html

    etc.

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    Re: thai culture.. i cant find this on the internet

    im in west australia so the time here is 7.30pm, i still got until 1pm tommrow afternoon to get this done.. and i only have stumbled along this site.. i wished i had stumbled along this site ages ago.. but reading thru it has givin me extra info on my other questions that i need to answer.

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