Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dealing with Management

A useful tip from the Seminar for Foreign Language Academies concerns dealing with the higher ups.

In many ways this is good advice wherever you work. If you have a problem with management don't confront them publicly. If you want to question a practice or policy don't do it publicly. It is considered bad form to question the higher ups decisions in public. They will consider it a challenge to their authority and an affront to their dignity. Which in the East means they lose face.

If you have a problem or question talk about it with your boss one on one. It may not get you anywhere but it won't cause them to lose face.

Now, based on my Hagwon experiences, this isn't always extended by management to the employees but it usually is. Of course it doesn't stop people from saying shit when you aren't there. ;)

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