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The 8-hour work day has been in effect in China for more than 4 decades, but now a professor from Zhejiang University is proposing a change to
the traditional nine to five routine. Professor Si Jianmin suggests the adoption of a 6-hour work day, specifically tailored to each profession. He believes the change could greatly enhance worker productivity. Less working hours sounds good, but the domestic media has turned a critical eye toward the proposal; let's take a look at why.
The Guangzhou Daily has printed a commentary that questions the efficacy of shortening the work day. The author says working overtime hours prevails in China’s current corporate culture. Some companies cannot even promise their employees the weekend off much less slash weekday hours. The writer feels that it is too early to talk about reducing work hours, because there is still a dramatic gap among the professions in China. Only when policies for paying double on the weekends and for providing paid vacations are fully implemented will we be able to start cutting down work hours.