A company in Hangzhou, capital city of east China’s Zhejiang Province, recently gave its employees a holiday to escape the heat. The five-day paid annual leave received high praise from the workers. However, many others longing for a holiday on scorching days still find it hard to get these days off with pay.
Working on hot days may lead to low efficiency and health risks, while a paid leave to avoid the heat can ensure employees’ rights to rest and improve their sense of belonging and identity. Although the company may lose some profits, win-win cooperation can be achieved by improving workers’ efficiency.
The competition between enterprises has extended from financial assets to cultural capital. Some enterprises can attract and retain talent with a great corporate culture while others fail in this endeavor. Employees are not machines. Some enterprises ignore their reasonable demands and instead urge them to work continuously. In contrast, the above-mentioned company has taken employees’ needs into consideration and won their support.
Therefore, more enterprises should follow suit and protect employees’ rights. Workers can also make more efforts to enter companies with a better corporate culture.
An enterprise’s culture is reflected by how it treats its employees. And in current society, workers are also free to make their own decisions when selecting companies.
(This is an edited excerpt of an article published in People’s Daily on July 20)