contributed by Ronna Fleischman
China is a culture in which people are more concerned with building relationships with others than with individualism. In the work place, they value harmony and obedience over efficiency and profit. Keeping things in order is very important in China.
In the west, the objective in the workplace is that the job gets done. It matters little how the job gets done, as long as it does. Most companies overlook employees listening to music, talking to others, checking email or snacking as long as they stay on course and do their tasks. In China, they care more about how the job gets finished. It is not uncommon for a supervisor to look over the shoulders of their employees to monitor if they are staying on task. Checking e-mails, web surfing and having unnecessary conversations are not allowed.