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Huawei workers in China have camp beds under their desks

Sam Shead | Oct. 24, 2013
Employees are allowed to sleep in their one and a half hour lunch break

Chinese networking giant Huawei is permitting its employees to take a small nap while at work on a camp bed under their desk.

Many of the 40,000 staff based at Huawei's headquarter's in Shenzhen, China, have a short sleep after lunch on a pull out bed, Techworld has learned.

"They [the staff] have some lunch and then go for a sleep," said Huawei vice-president of international media affairs, Joe Kelly, while giving Techworld a tour of the company's two square kilometre campus. They can take five minutes to eat and then rest for the remainder of their lunch break, he said.

Huawei employees in Shenzhen are contracted to work from 8:30am to 6:00pm with an hour and a half off for lunch.

Kelly, who recently relocated from the UK to China, said that workers tend to go for lunch together before having an afternoon nap. "It just works for them," he said, adding that he personally doesn't like to snooze at work.

In addition to eating and sleeping, Huawei workers can use their lunch breaks to play ping-pong or stroll around the company's landscaped gardens.

Similar relaxation measures have also been introduced at the likes of Google and Facebook who are known to provide their staff with hammocks and bean bags to relax on while at work.

The media relations executive also revealed that Huawei staff "tend to forget about work" when they leave the office, explaining that he receives next to no emails after 6pm compared to his previous job at BT, where there was a steady influx of emails after the working day had finished.

The benefits given to Huawei workers in Shenzhen contrast sharply with the strict rules enforced at chip manufacturer and next-door neighbour, Foxconn.

The Taiwanese company, which has a factory with hundreds of thousands of workers across the road from Huawei, has equipped several of its high-rise buildings with anti-suicide nets after 18 employees attempted suicide, with 14 deaths between January 2010 and November 2010. Foxconn reportedly only allowed staff to take a maximum of two minutes to go to the toilet and many of the workers were said to be unhappy with the amount of overtime they were being paid.

 

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