By: Chen Cheng-wei and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, Oct. 23 (CNA) A French senior executive at RT Mart Taiwan said Sunday that he has not been able to get used to his Taiwanese colleagues’ deference, adding that they tend to acquiesce to those in authority and seldom point out the faults of their superiors.
Jean-Manuel Cros, the human resources director at RT Mart Taiwan, who has worked in Taiwan for three years, said it is difficult for him to fit into the workplace culture, in which his Taiwanese colleagues show no defiance to orders.
Describing silence as the first impression Taiwanese people gave him, Cros said that “everybody in France argues with the boss, even entry-level workers in a company,” whereas Taiwanese workers do not usually stand up to their boss.
Under these circumstances, Cros said, it is difficult for him to find out the truth about a given situation, even though he has an actual need to learn what local consumers want as he tries to expand RT Mart’s market share in Taiwan. [FULL STORY]