I’ve never really got the concept of guanxi, but I think it’s happening to me right now and would appreciate some guidance.
We’re having some computer problems here, and I asked one of my students to take a look. He’s a good guy. I don’t know him well enough to call him a friend. He’s not working at the moment because he’s concentrating on his studies, but he does this sort of thing for a living normally.
He did a full day here yesterday, and will have to do several more to finish the job. In all likelihood he’ll become our de facto system administrator and we’ll be calling him whenever we have problems. But when I offered to pay him for his help he refused.
He’s giving his expertise and time, for which we as a company benefit. That benefit affects my bonus. Everyone wins except for the guy who actually does the work. Personally I would rather see him being fairly rewarded for his time, but if he won’t take money…
I know he enjoys doing this sort of stuff, and he probably gets warm fuzzies from helping out teacher, and if it was my machine at home I would just be grateful and that would be that. But I’m uncomfortable about accepting big favours from people on behalf of my employers.
What do I do?