a contract with your staff directly; IPC
now does this.
Performance points are included
in the contracts along with the legally
required service bonuses. Staff is paid
monthly and if the company is doing
well, most organizations give a 13th
month bonus. An annual bonus is taxed
at a much lower rate so most companies
just do year-end bonuses.
MYTH: People in China Won’t
IPC was informed by a number of
people — both Chinese locals and ex-patriots — that it would have difficulty
getting volunteers for its standards
development. In fact, some local associations in China pay their committee participants as part of the normal course of
IPC’s success factors hinged on getting local companies involved in the
standardization process as volunteers,
so this was quite concerning.
What IPC learned was quite the
opposite of the myth. It found that
there was significant perceived value in
the education and networking that came
from participation in IPC standards. IPC
currently has 35 technical committees
in China, all composed of unpaid volunteers and committee leaders.
MYTH: Chicken Feet are Deli-
They really aren’t; especially the pick-
led ones. An important culinary rule for
your visit to China: Only eat what every-
one else at your table is eating.
David Bergman is vice president of international relations for IPC—Association Connecting
Electronics Industries®. He may be reached at