An additional series of organizational surveys, querying 345 people, seemingly made matters worse, as the researcher explains: "My findings indicated that when the supervisor was copied in often, employees felt less trusted, and this feeling automatically led them to infer that the organizational culture must be low in trust overall, fostering a culture of fear and low psychological safety."
This isn't to say that the findings apply to everyone, of course. Your boss could be tyrannical and have a penchant for micromanagement. Your colleagues on the other hand, could be unnecessarily paranoid. Interestingly, though, the findings were pretty similar across Chinese and western workplaces, meaning that work culture doesn't really change that significantly across cultures.