As reported by The Epoch Times, a jewelry company in China has taken employer-employee relationships to a whole new level by banning divorce.
According to the company’s CEO, it’s all part of a mission to promote a business culture of “faithful love and family harmony.” He also pointed out that the no-divorce policy, which also forbids adultery, mistresses, and “indecent acts” (your guess is as good as ours) applies equally to all staff: from top level to entry level.
Despite some criticism, ridicule and confusion – with another CEO claiming that “it is ridiculous to try and keep an eye on divorce,”-- there has been some support from folks in the community who see this as a way to stem China’s rising divorce rate.
“Family stability is the keystone of a harmonious society,” posted an online commentator. “I support this good rule. Employees with morals are trustworthy. We should encourage the promotion of this rule in our society.”
One energized supporter even suggested that the policy should extend into China’s public sector. “I recommend this rule to governments at all levels! Government officials should be even more expected to comply with this rule.”
As noted, China’s divorce rate continues to increase, with a 10% year-over-year increase using the most recently-available statistics for 2010. Divorce lawyers claim that the divorce rate is over 30% in many major urban centers, and nearly 40% in Beijing and Shanghai.
That’s a lot of folks who won’t be working at one particular jewelry company anytime soon.
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