Chinese Businesses Are Giving Single Female Employees Over 30 'Dating Leave'
In this hectic world of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, getting to the gym, keeping in touch with your social circles and dealing with the pressure to climb the social ladder, it's tough to find time to date.
Sure, online dating apps like Tinder and Bumble have made it a lot easier to meet that special someone, but finding a time that works for both of you can sometimes see you looking months in advance.
Well, it's a shame you're not living in China.
Two businesses have taken the extraordinary step to allow single female employees over the age of 30 time off to go dating.
The twin companies behind a theme park based on the Song Dynasty in the country's east wants unmarried middle-aged women to get out into the dating arena like a bunch of excited teenagers.
Most citizens are allowed seven days off during the Lunar New Year, where many people go to their hometowns and visit family they likely haven't seen since the last year's break.
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But these women, who aren't working in 'front-line' positions, will be granted an extra eight days. Imagine getting double your yearly allowance just to find Mr Right.
According to the South China Morning Post, women in this age category who are still single are considered 'leftover women' - ouch. It's a long held belief in China that women over their mid-twenties who haven't bagged a hubby are less desirable or have something wrong with them.
Yikes, dating in China sounds tougher than I thought. Well at least it's not as awkward as this:
The Ministry of Civil Affairs previously reported a drop in the country's marriage rates and it's hoping this extra time off will address that.
The company's Human Resources Manager Huang Lei told: "The ratio of men to women in our company is about the same.
"[But] women employees mostly work in internal functional departments and some are show performers...some female staff have less contact with the outside world.
"Therefore, we hope to give more leave to female staff, to give them more time and opportunities to be in contact with the opposite sex."
If you're not in China and would like an easy way of finding love then look no further.
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