A catering company in Chongqing has shown its concern for its workers in an unusual way, by refusing to give them their money.
This Friday is Singles’ Day in China (11/11), the biggest shopping bonanza of the year. In fact, this year’s edition promises to be the biggest shopping day in 5,000 years of Chinese history with Alibaba expected to reach $20 billion in sales.
However, workers at this Chongqing company will be left out of the historic spending frenzy. The company’s 31-year-old general manager said that employees will all get their paychecks next month, in order to stop them from blowing it all shopping online during the Singles’ Day holiday.
The company notified workers of its controversial decision via a notice that was glued to a board beside the entrance to the building. The notice explained that management was simply trying to save them from themselves and preserve a harmonious home and work life for their employees, Tencent reports.
The general manager explained that he was speaking from experience on the potential dangers of Singles’ Day. Last year, he spent nearly 20,000 yuan buying stuff online, including an 8,000 yuan computer that he barely uses.
The manager added that the average age of workers at the company is 25. Unless they are following Wang Jianlin’s pathway to success, young people often don’t have much savings built up and can’t afford to blow what little money they have on buying useless crap. He had noticed employees had begun picking out things they were planning on purchasing when the time finally came and was worried that the paycheck they were scheduled to receive on November 10th would actually end up ruining their lives and negatively affecting their work.
So, he decided that he had no choice but to give them their money in December instead, clarifying that if employees were in desperate need of funds, he would gladly pay them their wages now.