An interesting article outlines the differences in cultural approaches to work by the Brazilians and Chinese.
- Want vacations
- Want personal co-worker relationships
- Have (long) process driven results
- Lax work ethic e.g. lack of punctuality
- Desire days off and beach visits
- Want constant productivity
- Maintain order through hierarchy
- Seek immediate results: ‘Just get it done now’
- Want workers physically in office all the time so they could control their work
- Think that higher up hierarchical demands would boost productivity
- Demean local managers in front of staff
The Brazilian culture is too lackadaisical and the Chinese too ‘results at any cost’. The Chinese need to understand that process is part of the destination and life as well as work should be simultaneously enjoyed. The Brazilians need to understand that enjoyment must sometimes be subservient to work because beaches don’t pay the bills (though one wishes they did).
Brooks, Bradley. 2011. Culture clash complicates China’s Brazil push. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2015173298_apltbrazilchinacultureclash.html [accessed: 2012-07-16].