Managing in Hong Kong

Working in a Diverse, Thriving Culture

Setting up a Cross-Functional Team

Get the best from your team in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong is an exciting, cosmopolitan city, and many people are thrilled when they learn that they'll be relocating to it to manage a team.

If this describes you, then you might have several questions on your mind. Is working in Hong Kong different from working in mainland China? And how can you manage your new team effectively, and avoid making cultural mistakes?

Working in Hong Kong is an incredible opportunity for any manager. It also presents its own unique set of challenges. In this article, we'll look at what you need to know to work, and manage a team, in Hong Kong.


Keep in mind that, like any country, Hong Kong has a unique and diverse workforce. This is a general guide, and it's important to adopt a flexible approach to account for differences in personality, culture, and age-group.

Language and Culture

Hong Kong is a vibrant, culturally diverse city, with a large number of foreign workers. Its public transportation system is superb, and the city provides excellent healthcare, with most of its citizens enjoying a high standard of living (even though it is one of the most densely populated cities in the world).

Hong Kong is technically part of China, but it has its own laws and constitution.

Hong Kong has two official languages: English and Cantonese. Although more than 90 percent of the population speaks Cantonese, English is also widely spoken, and is taught in most schools. This means that most business professionals in large organizations speak it fluently, which is often a relief to English-speaking foreign workers.

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