Today’s Editorial October 08: Cayman and the entitlement culture

At the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants gala dinner on Saturday, Admiral Administration Managing Director Canover Watson made some very strong and courageous statements.

He spoke about the sense of entitlement that some Caymanians have, something he said made him angry because it was often true.

Watson, who is recipient of the Young Caymanian Leadership Award, noted that the Cayman Islands were competing on a global stage. He urged Caymanians not to blame others for their shortcomings and to take responsibility for their own success.

In his blog, Governor Stuart Jack – who attended the CISPA dinner – praised Mr. Watson for his speech and agreed with its premise.

Mr. Jack said work permits should be restricted to jobs where there is no suitable Caymanian willing and able to fill the position and if a Caymanian and a foreigner who are equally qualified applied for a job, preference should be given to the former.

However, Mr. Jack also wrote that here, as in most of the rest of the work, people should have to earn their job and promotion, not expect it by right.

We applaud Mr. Watson and Mr. Jack for their comments. As local employers – the vast majority of whom are Caymanian – will tell you, they want to hire the most qualified candidate that will help their business. They want employees who are willing to work hard, put in extra hours when needed and take pride in their work.

This is what is necessary in business, especially in these challenging times.

The way forward is not through a type of protectionism that undermines free market strategies when it comes to hiring. The way of the future is giving Caymanians the tools needed to compete on a global market and in encouraging hard work, dedication and work ethic to make them attractive to Caymanian employers.