CAR: As far as I know all of the countries where our dairy employees come from businesses are privately owned and there is very little or no public or cooperative management by the government. The exception being Oil in Mexico. Therefore, our Latino employees from an early understand that in any business transaction it is the owner who manages it takes the greatest risk and understandably will benefit the most if successful.
DHM: Meanwhile, Americans are capitalists; we’re competitive, always measuring, improving, growing our business, and are concerned about profits. We even socialize over competitive events, such as football games. “What I see in Mexico is completely different,” says Fuhrmann. “It’s not about results; rather there is greater importance on the concept that everyone is equal.”A common mistake is dairy owners assume the Hispanics they hire think in the same capitalistic, results-orientated manner that they do. The reality is, Hispanics are socialistic — everyone is equal and generally satisfied with where we are, notes Gumaro Gonzalez, training technician with DairyWorks, who immigrated to the United States when he was 13 years old.
CAR: I believe that the difference here is that these individuals because of their financial and social status do not have an opportunity to become self employed or engaged in businesses driven by the capitalist concept. Go to Miami and you will clearly see that emigrants from our Spanish speaking countries indeed engage in private enterprise and own their own bossiness. Indeed many of the most successful businesses in Miami are owned and managed by Latinos. They simply came to the US to seek an opportunity, they brought with them their intellect, hard work ethic, and capitalist mentality that was nurtured at an early age in their home country; the US because of who we are simply gave them an opportunity.
DHM: Efficiency is a foreign concept. Unlike Americans, who come from a results-driven culture, Hispanics have grown up in a world where they receive basically the same pay no matter how hard they work. As a result, there is no sense of urgency; everything can wait until tomorrow or mañana.
CAR: This is a generalization that can be misconstrued as a stereotype, even though not intended. There are many Latinos in the US and outside of the US, that do not leave things until tomorrow! According to respected business publications (Forbes Magazine for one) of the top 200 business in the US, many (~ 17 %) are Latino owned companies! Would they have been this successful for leaving things until tomorrow?