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China’s tech startups allow sleeping at work, but at a price

Tech startups are known for their fast-paced and highly intensive work routine. When you’re working on a shoestring budget, squeezing every ounce of labor out of your work force is crucial to your success rate.

If you do work in one of these environments and are complaining about the extra hours you put in every day, then you should count your blessings. Chinese tech startups are growing at a blistering rate, and these companies can’t hire talents quick enough to satisfy their labor demand. To compensate, Chinese IT engineers and programmers are turning their office into their workweek home.

Employers are encouraging workers to set up cots so they don’t have to go home to get a quick shut eye. Some companies have even installed bunk beds, and having their employees stick around the office 24/7 to get work done. Even naps are allowed during regular working hours.

To people in the same profession abroad, the grueling work schedule their Chinese counterpart must endure seems insane, but according to these Chinese workers the huge amount of overtime they put in is actually not abnormal at all. Many Chinese managers say, compared to the startups in China, startups in places like the US seem almost too relaxed or not as competitive as what they’re used to.

Source: Reuters

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