In Shenzhen, authorities plan to improve the megacity’s living standards by making companies give their employees their mandated time off. Photo: AFP In Shenzhen, authorities plan to improve the megacity’s living standards by making companies give their employees their mandated time off. Photo: AFP
In Shenzhen, authorities plan to improve the megacity’s living standards by making companies give their employees their mandated time off. Photo: AFP
Shenzhen

Can a Chinese city improve country’s work-life balance? Shenzhen to enforce paid leave for workers

  • Southern tech hub, home to many start-ups, wants to improve residents’ mental and physical health. Making sure employers give them time off is part of it
  • In many Chinese workplaces, overtime is so common that ‘996’ – slang for the culture of working from 9am to 9pm, six days a week – has become mainstream

Topic |   Shenzhen
In Shenzhen, authorities plan to improve the megacity’s living standards by making companies give their employees their mandated time off. Photo: AFP In Shenzhen, authorities plan to improve the megacity’s living standards by making companies give their employees their mandated time off. Photo: AFP
In Shenzhen, authorities plan to improve the megacity’s living standards by making companies give their employees their mandated time off. Photo: AFP
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