It can be difficult to find love when you’re an employee
slaving working hard every day, which leaves you with barely any time to have meaningful relationships. And this leads to annoying awkward questions from concerned relatives especially when Chinese New Year is just around the corner.
This company in China, Songcheng Performance has been gaining attention after a statement regarding days off during the upcoming Chinese New Year season went viral. That’s because they announced that unmarried women above the age of 30 are entitled to 15 days off for the festive season to encourage them to find partners. Wow!
According to Sinchew, the notice stated, “Dear female employees, the company has decided to give unmarried women in the company 15 days off for Chinese New Year and for matchmaking activities (Seven days for Chinese New Year, another eight days paid leave).”
The company said that they hoped by giving these holidays to their eligible female employees, it would help them meet their life partner especially during Chinese New Year when well-meaning family members like to matchmake single relatives. They even added that if needed, these female staff could request to extend their days off.
Yet, that was not the most surprising thing about the announcement. It seems that as an additional incentive to encourage these employees to get married, the company stated that if the couple can produce a marriage certificate before December 31st this year (2019), the employee will be able to receive a double year-end bonus.
However, female employees who are eligible for these benefits will need to submit their names to the human resources department before January 31. The head of the human resources department said that this was part of the company’s efforts to care more for their employees and explained that it is usually the women who would always get teased about getting married.
This was also partly why male employees did not get to enjoy the same benefits and the company said they did not hear any complaints from the men about not having time for a relationship. Netizens who saw this unusual notice were amused and envious as some of them said, “I should really ask my boss to do the same.”
Another said, “Even if I have a boyfriend I would pretend to break up with him and then take the extra days to go travelling.”
That’s a pretty unusual benefit! What do you think of these extra days off?
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