A Chinese Company Gives Single Female Workers Time Off To Find Love, Would Your Boss Do The Same?
Dating in the 21st century can be tough but if your boss tried to make it easier for you, maybe you wouldn’t feel that way anymore. Some would say you should be thankful for all the help you can get when it comes to dating, while others may find it somewhat intrusive; but that’s exactly what 2 companies in China are aiming for. They’ve decided to help their single employees find love by giving them extra leisure time and they’re not the first ones to test it out.
Bright Side is here to share this unusual yet interesting news with you.
2 Chinese companies from the city of Hangzhou are giving their single female workers an 8-day paid leave to encourage them to find a husband. Unmarried employees over 30 years old can take extra days off around the time of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday which allows for a 2-week window to find love. What’s more, is the leave can be extended according to specific needs.
These firms are part of the Hangzhou Songcheng Group, the corporation behind Songcheng, the largest tourist theme park in China. They employ hundreds of people who work daily either at the offices or as actors appearing in parades and shows in the park. But so much time inside the office or performing has forced women away from the dating scene.
“Women employees mostly work in internal functional departments and some are show performers...some female staff have less contact with the outside world,” explained the human resources manager, Huang Li. “Therefore, we hope to give more leave to female staff to give them more time and opportunities to be in contact with the opposite sex."
The situation concerned managers since the company believes that love makes employees happy, and a happy employee is a dedicated worker. So, to bring light to their workers' personal lives and lift productivity, they offered them this "dating break." The announcement came after a school also located in Hangzhou granted single and childless teachers 2 half days monthly to find a partner.
But these types of policies may be part of a broader cultural concern. If a woman in China isn't married by the time she’s in her early thirties, she’ll be regarded as "shengnu" which means “leftover women” because, traditionally, if they haven’t found a partner by that age, it must be because they're less desirable. But the reality is that many of these women are actually focusing on achieving their career goals or opting for staying single altogether.
What do you think? Would you gladly take those days off or do you believe it adds extra pressure to dating? Would it be logical for single men to get that paid leave too? Have your say in the comment section!