Strategic Futurists; Value Systems Specialists

Events

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!


See more events...

Keep informed - Sign up

Look ahead for your business - sign up for your exclusive updates.
name

email address

Events

Fixing the O-Bike Disaster
Wednesday 27 September 2017
And trust me, it really is one. The O-Bike is another example of Theft of the Commons. And it needs to stop. Now!
Read more...
The Basics of BitCoin and Digital Currencies
Wednesday 30 August 2017
Blockchains and Bitcoins? There's some great benefits among all the hype and yes there are risks. Perhaps the single most underrated element of the promise is the inability for any one or a handful of players to manipulate or 'game' the system. The keys to note are:
Read more...
The Increased Reach of Private Equity
Friday 25 August 2017
Was lucky enough to have joined some invitees at Grant Thornton's Private Equity conference. Three well run days with good speakers looking at aspects of potential for engagement in specific companies and areas (themes). As investment vehicles in various Industry sectors, PE is a clear Futures Focused area of endeavour.
Read more...