On Friday 9/4, we held our first all employee meeting of the year. The purpose of the meeting was mostly to introduce the teachers to the entire staff and to review the basics of the organization and how it runs, which was good information to have.
I had been told by returning teachers to lower my expectations. In years past the meeting has run almost four hours, mostly because everything gets said in both Chinese and English. I also was told that one of the unstated purposes was to have new teachers give proper face time to the administration, which is very important in Chinese work culture.
All in all the meeting wasn’t that bad. Much to the delight of all the teachers, it ended up being a little over two hours, and we even got a break. A lot of the information that we received was good to know – things like getting reimbursed for plane tickets, health insurance, pay days, etc… And while the meeting did serve as a two-hour reminder about what not to do in PowerPoint, it wasn’t anything like my title might lead you to believe.
Anyway, take a look at the pictures below, and you’ll get a really clear sense of the meeting. Also, in case your wondering, I took the pictures sitting in the back and without the flash, so I did not disrupt the proceedings, draw attention to myself, or get labeled as the “tourist” on faculty. One other thing, the woman next to all the speakers was interpreting for English speakers.