In a controversial move, tech companies in China are now hiring young and pretty ‘programming cheerleaders’ to help motivate their male staff. The idea, apparently, is to create a ‘fun work environment’ for programmers around the country. Scoop has more:
According to social media website ‘Trending in China’, the job involves buying programmers breakfast, indulging in small talk, and playing ping-pong with them. ‘Talented’ young women are specially trained for the job by a senior employee. Photographs that have surfaced online show the women dressed in bright clothes, attempting to chat with employees as they work. In some pictures, they’re seen laughing with male employees, and participating in fun activities like ping-pong and sing-alongs.
An HR manager at one of the companies apparently told Trending in China that their programmers are “mostly male and terrible at socialising.” She added: “The presence of these girls has greatly motivated their job efficiency and motivation.”