Haier employees were fired from lunch break

Recently, four employees of Haier Group were fired for lunch break, which aroused concern and made a hot search on Weibo. In the afternoon of September 6, Haier Group Human Resources Platform issued a note saying that four employees who violated the rules did not take a nap during break time, but slept in public reception during working hours. Haier said that the above acts violate Haier’s employees’code of conduct and should be terminated according to the regulations.
This issue has aroused wide concern because it has hit the pain point of the majority of workers. In the workplace that must be called “dedication” and regard overtime as “virtue” or even as “hidden rules” of large companies, many companies, especially large companies, work late every day, and some specific industries such as finance and interconnection. Internet companies may even work overtime until early morning. The difference is that some people work overtime with overtime pay, while a large part of them do not. Now, suddenly found that even a short lunch break is likely to lose their jobs, it is unavoidable to let people sigh – if a nap is to be fired, how will life go?
Haier’s response, which was not timely but tough and vague, apparently failed to ease people’s minds. On the contrary, it intensified the controversy. According to Haier’s official statement, the company system stipulates that between 11:30 and 13:00 employees can arrange their meals independently, emphasizing that the four employees sleep in public reception places during working hours. The problem is that the dismissed employees sleep between 11:30 and 13:00. According to the company system, they should have rest time. How can they sleep during work time? According to reports, former employees of Haier said that there was a concept of stealth exchange. Employees could choose a 30-minute period of time for meals within 11:30-13:00, that is to say, the total time for meals was only 30 minutes, and the number of people queuing in the dining hall was 10 minutes. Sometimes there were 7 minutes left after the meal was finished. Arrive on duty a few minutes ago. It is reported that the four employees slept in the cafe, saying that they could be seen by foreign guests at any time, so they became “public reception places”, and the inspection team fired them as soon as they found out.
That sounds so inhumane! Even if sleeping in a coffee shop is really inappropriate, persuasion, review, fines, records can not be resolved, can only be dismissed? Isn’t it more inappropriate for foreign guests to see someone sleeping in a cafe so harsh and suspected of infringing on workers’legitimate right to rest? After all, a former Haier employee reported that even choosing not to eat but to sleep was not allowed.
Whether employees have a 30-minute lunch break, or whether they are not allowed to take a lunch break even during this period, Haier’s response does not provide answers to these questions, and probably will not respond again. After all, Haier’s attitude is very tough. In response, Haier emphasizes that the company system “conforms to the laws and regulations of our country” and “passes through the discussion of the working congress”.
Of course, perhaps Haier’s approach is legitimate, but it is not only an “unequal treaty” for employees relying on the advantages of the workplace, but also a disadvantage for the long-term development of enterprises. Recently, Japan, the birthplace of the term “social animal” known for its long working hours, has begun to pay attention to the loss of efficiency caused by insufficient rest for employees. Since studies have shown that the economic loss caused by sleep deprivation in Japan is as high as 15 trillion yen every year, companies have converted vans into bedrooms for businesses in need as “take-out nap space”.
The dismissal of Haier employees during lunch break is still controversial, but the concern about employees’rest rights should not be confined to the company. The era of sweatshops is far behind, but in the name of “corporate culture”, can the reduction of employees’legitimate rights and interests and the manufacture of “social animals” bring the future to enterprises? Employees’long working hours are not equal to high efficiency. It is also helpful to improve the efficiency of enterprises to let employees get proper rest. How to achieve a balance between them and want to study this balance is what enterprises need to consider.