More Employees Working Overtime Before the Holidays
Many workers had expected a relaxing month with the abundance of public holidays this month but many are complaining as the workload has been increased in order to complete the whole month’s assignments.
There are a total of 14 days off in January including weekends, New Year’s Day and the Spring Festival. Thus, many employees are working overtime throughout the remaining 17 workdays to finish their January workloads. Most employees don’t even mind working overtime when they can catch up on vacationing since the Spring Festival is fast approaching.
A sociology professor at the Shanghai University said that the Spring Festival should be assigned to a specific day that is based on the solar calendar. This is because there are some instances where employees that are working for foreign companies are disrupted by the holiday arrangement in China since it mixes the holidays of the solar and lunar calendars. Schools have also adjusted the curriculum to concede with the changing lengths of the fall semester that is set to end just before the Spring Festival.
Industrial factories engaged in international trade have also changed their production plans every year, since they need to push their employees to do overtime work just to meet overseas orders during the half of the month.