HR: Do You Look Fat Today? China
Posted by Dan Harris on February 13, 2007 at 03:10 PM
I am surprised at how often clients want to discuss their China Human Resource (HR) issues with me. They seem to be puzzled by a lot of things involved in managing an office in China and they always seem so disappointed when I tell them I have very little knowledge or experience in that arena. I try to analogize it with my trying to manage the lawyers we work with over there, but that is not the same. I do not recall ever being asked such questions regarding any other country and I cannot help but viewing their seeking my help as desperation.
A short article by Geoffrey Fowler in today's Wall Street Journal "Cubicle Culture" series, entitled, In China's Offices, Foreign Colleagues Might Get an Earful," [subscription may be required] touches on some of the more touchy HR issues Westerners face in China and concludes with some particularly good advice on what to do when someone there tells you that you look fat.
The article starts out discussing how "Chinese people draw the lines between personal and work space differently from Americans." In
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"So, how should a foreigner respond when he's told he's fat?" Mr. Fowler's stock response is, "There's so much good food here."
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