Interesting article by James Hudson over at China Success Stories. Article is entitled, Want Committed Employees? Learn to Trust Them. [link no longer exists] Its thesis is that if you want your Chinese employee to work hard for your company your company must show real faith in them and this faith includes trusting them to handle responsibilities and to have the freedom they need to succeed.
In the US law firm context, I 100% agree and this encapsulates my management philosophy, which is essentially that the key is hiring good people and then letting them thrive. The employee I have to monitor is an employee I do not want. Just get the job done.
But, is this the right employer philosophy for China? For all businesses in China? For some businesses in China? I do not know the answers to these questions because the closest I have come to managing Chinese employees is managing Chinese lawyers who we hire to work with us on China legal matters.
What do you think?