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Post time 2019-1-14 16:00:13 |Display all floors
(China Plus) Internet users in China have become excited after authorities in Hebei Province announced a possible policy of 2.5-days off per week, reports people.cn.

The Hebei government last Thursday released a document on promoting consumption, involving various sectors such as housing, health, income and travel. The notification said that an attempt will be made to carry out the policy of a 2.5-day weekend by adding Friday afternoon to the regular weekend break. It also said the paid leave policy will be implemented while measures like off-peak vacation and flexible shifts are encouraged.

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The announcement has raised heated discussion and shortly became the top search topic on China's social media.

A large group of social media users said they are looking forward to the implementation of the policy and expecting it to be rolled out across the country. One said, "The policy will help stimulate consumption and so promote economy. I strongly support it!"

Many others are doubtful about the practicability of the new policy. Some said they have little chance to benefit from the policy, and they still need to work overtime while struggling to have the regular two-day weekend off. Some are concerned that it will bring inconvenience if staff members at administrative departments are off on Friday afternoon.

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Post time 2019-1-14 20:26:44 |Display all floors
10 hrs tuesday to friday should be the norn
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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Post time 2019-1-14 21:56:10 |Display all floors
With the rapid development of science and technology, our productivity has been greatly improved. We can suppose that sooner or later we will enjoy more free time than work hours every week!  Two days of working may be enough for one week in the future!
Childish pure  mindset can simplify your life which let you live in a light way! Without man-made troubles you will work in high efficiency!

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Post time 2019-1-14 22:56:25 |Display all floors
here 35 hrs/week already for many years.....but not for me..70+ hrs/week..me poor freelancer
some day Jiangsu will rule China

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Post time 2019-1-15 05:39:15 |Display all floors
Sorry guys, it doesn't work that way. People in the future will be working more weekly hours.

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Post time 2019-1-15 09:39:00 |Display all floors
If the idea was to guarantee everyone the same income for fewers work hours per week, then that would be something.

As China moves from manufacturing to services industry and robots replace factory jobs, robots will much slower replace service workers. For example hairdressing, delivering food, and KTV hosting will still be done by humans far into the future.

Secondly many jobs are either partly or even fully based on work output. For example in my extended family there are people working in manufacturing and related sales industry, who always work longer weeks than laws allow, because they get bonuses from the extra work, and need the money.

This development is all fine for white-collar workers and government officials, who have the choice. These people typically have 3 hour lunch breaks, so why not take the Friday afternoons off too.

Not everyone has that choice. Shutting government and other offices for friday afternoons means only more hassle for everyone else. The beneits of high level workers will trickle down as trouble to rest of society.

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