Strategic Futurists; Value Systems Specialists


Relieving Stress, Chinese-Style

Monday 7 September 2009

Grace Ng, the China Correspondent for The Straits Times has an interesting article in todays edition of the paper. In it she discusses some ways in which '...nie nie zhu or 'pinch brigades' have spread like wildfire' and are attempting to relieve the stress of working long hours or no hours because they are unemployed. Said to be aged in their twenties and thirties, some of their actions include massing inside supermarkets to crush packets of noodles, and street based large scale pillow fights.

Ng reports that many are graduates from smaller cities who have migrated to work in larger cities, only to discover minimal work or very poor wages and working conditions that included no annual leave, no medical benefits and even no lunch breaks.  I suspect that these young Chinese workers aren't the only ones in the world facing a major downgrading of their current working conditions and typically in an upturn, those conditions will not improve as quickly as the company balance sheet.

But I reckon they are the only workers with the inventiveness to use 'pillow technology' as a core approach to stress relief - and more power to them!

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