Doing business in China: Cultural Know-how
Cross-country business involves dealing with men and women from varied cultures. It is good to be informed about your business partner’s cultural norms beforehand to restrict any negative impact on your business. The most important thing is to take cultural taboos seriously to avoid offending others.
With the rapid economic changes brought on by economic globalization, more and more foreign businesses have entered and continue to enter the successful Chinese market. This writeup will help foreigners to understand the Chinese business culture in a better way. We hope that these recommendations will make it easier to understand the culture and start a business in China.
Business Communication Protocols
Business Meeting Protocols
1) Business cards are considered very important and are exchanged during the initial introduction. Cards should be received and offered with both hands.
2) Importance of time – The Chinese view punctuality as a virtue. Therefore, it is always better to arrive for meetings on time or slightly early. Arriving late is an insult and could negatively affect your relationship.
3) Unless you know for sure that your business counterpart can speak English well, it is important that you bring along your own interpreter as most business meetings in China are carried out in their native language; English has not yet used widely. An interpreter is vital to avoid problems arising from lack of clear communication or miscommunication.
4) Building business relationships in China takes time. Patience in developing connections will help you succeed in the Chinese market.
5) Women in business – Western businesswomen are treated no differently to businessmen, and similarly respect is given to seniority and rank.
6) Appearance – Subtle colors are the norm. Avoid something very loud or super flashy.
How HROne can be beneficial to your business
HROne is a one-stop solutions provider for foreign companies who want to do business in China. HROne can provide bilingual services to its clients ‘ both in English and Chinese. Hire an employee for your business in China though HROne’s Employment Solutions/Employee Leasing service, made for companies not having a legal entity in China. HROne’s service portfolio also includes payroll management solutions, handling the total employee benefits for your company, handling relocation and visa for your company’s expatriate employees and providing legal support.
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