I think every workplace in China is different. However, coming to China and working in a Chinese office is a very big transition from the American workplace. I have noticed many differences between my previous internships and this internship. There are many things I actually like better about the Chinese style of the workplace, but there are also things I appreciate from the American workplace.
PROS of Chinese Workplace:
-Foreigners have an opinion in day to day matters
-English skills are valued and put to use
-Proper credit is given for hard work
-Many opportunities for growth
-Calm environment typically
CONS of Chinese Workplace:
-Different system than America is hard to get used to
-Slower pace overall from workers
-Language barrier can lead to confusion and miscommunications
If there are ever problems communicating at work I suggest either working on your Chinese language skills and showing an effort that you are trying to better understand the situation or if you have a foreign boss, just telling them up front that you are having trouble understanding the problem and think of a way to best fix the problem and find a solution. No one wants conflict in the workplace, so don’t let issues build up. Tackle them upfront calmly is my best advice.