Essential staff paid extra to live on the job during lockdown in China…

How much should they pay you to live at your office for a week?

Workers have camping beds under their desks in China/Instagram/@CNN

As you may have heard, China has quarantined itself again after the recent wave of COVID-19. The country is no stranger to being suddenly in lockdown and having to stay put wherever it is.

Last week it was revealed that essential staff at banks and investment firms were in fact being paid to stay, or should we say live, on the job. Considering the nature of business and the rapidly changing environment with regards to trading and the stock market industry, we can understand the need…

But stay…

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A source revealed to CNN that workers were paid between 500 and 2,000 yuan, or about R1,146 to 4,580, per night to camp at work.

“Some companies place rollaway beds under workers’ desks. Other companies have also provided staff with sleeping bags, food and toiletries to get by. Several of its investment directors and fund managers had started overnighting earlier this month to ensure continued operations during the pandemic “started to get worse” in Shanghai.” (CNN)

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Staff began to call the office home, with its well-stocked pantries, sleeping bags and camping beds set up next to its desk.

Since Shanghai became the epicenter of the pandemic, staff are restricted in terms of traveling out of the office and also spend weekends there. Of course, one wonders about their personal hygiene, given that most offices are not equipped with showers…

“The showers were ‘a problem,’ a worker said in the video, adding that the crew initially had to boil hot water to wash up before a shower was finally installed.” (CNN)

In one published video at the Chinese social media platform, Weixin, we see their living conditions.

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Many employees were facing issues regarding bedtime. Besides having to sleep next to your colleagues at work (which isn’t weird at all), there were snorers in the team.

But they acted quickly and designated the snorers in the council room so that they were all together.

We’re not sure any amount of money would be enough to live on at work… are you?

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Michelle J. Kelley