Editor’s note: This was contributed by Elliott Zaagman, a trainer, coach, and change management consultant who specializes in aiding Chinese companies as they globalize. He uses a comprehensive 4-dimensional model that enables organizations to take a holistic approach to global readiness, from the inside out. To contact him, check him out on LinkedIn, or scan the QR code at the bottom to connect with him on WeChat.

A few weeks ago, I attended a dinner party hosted by a fellow expat friend of mine here in Beijing. The attendees were a collection of twenty and thirty-somethings, mostly American and Europeans. A few drinks into the evening, one friend began to complain about her recent struggles with her employer. After less than two months into her new job at a Chinese internet company, she was already contemplating resigning.

What they told me when recruiting me was a total lie,” she said. “My job role is entirely different from what they promised me, I never even speak to the boss who I was supposed to be ‘working closely with.’ The bonus, which they made seem all-but-certain in the interview process, now seems impossible to obtain, and I don’t even know if they will be able to handle my visa correctly, which they promised they would.”

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