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Chronicles from a Caribbean Cubicle

8/29/2007

The Advantage of Being in Jamaica

One of the advantages I have of living in Jamaica is that it has helped me to see what is often accepted as a normal business practice in North America from a very different perspective.

One simple example is a question that we used to ask each other in the U.S. workplace -- "Are you keeping busy?"

Now, from a Jamaican perspective, this question looks like a strange one. Why should someone's goal be to keep busy? What is the purpose?

Will we all be happier when we are busy all the time?

Is the whole point of work... to find more stuff to work on?

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