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The importance and prominence of a disciplined work ethic is so deeply ingrained in this culture that it is expected families will employ at least one helper to care for family and home while both parents work full time jobs. A strong work force is critical to sustain this small-but-mighty country’s economy, and every worker matters. The life of a Singaporean is to be educated well, and then to work.
My Singaporean friend recently lamented to me, “I honestly don’t think work can be fulfilling.”
This is a deeply saddening statement when one considers how central and consuming work is to Singaporean life...