Staff at the Shanghai Shinmei Electric Company held their managers hostage for a day in protest over time-limits on bathroom breaks and onerous rules on punctuality. Staff were restricted to two minutes per toilet break, and were fined for being late into work once, and fired for being late a second time.
Guru suggests that the Chinese employers introduce a more flexible approach to squeezing ever inch of productivity out of their team. For example, Guru has introduced a flexible toilet allowance that allows staff to use 20 minutes of toilet time over the week any time they like. And Guru doesn’t mind if they’re late so long as they work ten-hours or more a day.