Have you ever seen Chinese labourers on the streets digging holes, carrying goods, and what not – in their JACKETS? We have, and always wondered:
1. if it was their bosses that enforced some kind of a dress code on them?
2. if they would not be more efficient in whatever they were doing without their jackets on?
3. if they had some kind of superhuman genes that made them able to bear the heat more than the rest of us?
Here at the busy Shanghaiist newsroom (read: our dingy 10 square meter bedroom), your correspondent is dressed in absolutely nothing but a pair of boxers, comfortably insulated from the heat and humidity out there.
And we read from this Reuters report that 31 office buildings in Lujiazui, Pudong have declared that Fridays would be “Cool dress day” and “white-collar office staff should go to work dressing comfortably on July 27th to promote environmental awareness” (blue-collar workers, please continue to come in your jackets!). Also, to save energy and to “promote environmental awareness”, offices have been encouraged to turn up the air-conditioner temperatures.
We haven’t heard of many companies around here with “Dress Down Fridays” (but what we do we know, we haven’t had a “decent job” in a long while). And while we do think this is a good change, the image conjured up in our mind of everyone going to work in Lujiazui in their shorts is somewhat hilarious. Shanghaiists in the Lujiazui district, start snapping away and share with us your pictures at [email protected]!
Photo from slworking2.