Uncompromising flexibility (2): Working hours

One of thing that most strikes the eye of Western entrepreneurs when conducting business in China, is the level of flexibility. We referred to this before in relation to planning trading commissions and making appointments. 

The flexibility of the Chinese is not always the result of politeness and it is rarely a consequence of nonchalance. It is a survival strategy in a society where there is no meaning of the word ‘individualism’. 

Foreigners working in or with China are often surprised when they are expected to work on a Sunday or when they receive business calls at an inconvenient time. They have trouble accepting that this “flexibility” is expected from them as well.