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May 12, 2016

Sleeping At The Job

Sleeping At The Job

Office workers sleeping on the job is a common sight in China, where a surplus of cheap labour can lead to downtime at work. But in China's technology sector, where business is growing faster than many start-up firms can hire new staff, workers burn the midnight oil to meet deadlines and compete with their rivals. Some companies provide sleeping areas and beds for workers to rest during late nights.

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Han Liqun (C), a HR manager of RenRen Credit Management Co., drinks with his colleagues Kou Meng (L) and Ma Zhenguo after finishing work, after midnight, in Beijing, China, April 27, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Han Liqun (C), a HR manager of RenRen Credit Management Co., sleeps on a camp bed at the office after finishing work early morning, in Beijing, China, April 27, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Han Liqun (L), HR manager of RenRen Credit Management Co., and IT engineer Xiang Siyang sleep on camp beds at the office after finishing work early morning, in Beijing, China, April 27, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Han Liqun, a HR manager of RenRen Credit Management Co., carries beer and food for his colleagues as he walks to the office after midnight, in Beijing, China, April 27, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Han Liqun, a HR manager of RenRen Credit Management Co., leaves office for home after finishing work at midnight, in Beijing, China, April 19, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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An employee stands outside an office of an online sales company at night at Galaxy Soho, in Beijing, China, April 18, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Liu Zhanyu, a client manager at DouMiYouPin, works around midnight in Beijing, China, April 20, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Zhang Huichao, a programmer at N-Wei (Beijing) Technology Company Limited, chats with his colleague Yan Xiaolong before he goes to sleep, in the living room of an apartment which their company rents as office and employees' dormitory, in Beijing, China, April 22, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Wu Yaxiong (2nd L), CEO of N-Wei (Beijing) Technology Company Limited, stands with his programmers in an apartment which he rents as office and employees' dormitory, in Beijing, China, April 22, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Kou Meng, product manager of RenRen Credit Management Co., sleeps on a camp bed at the office early morning, in Beijing, China, April 27, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Du Xianchang, a R&D engineer at BaishanCloud, climbs up a ladder as he goes to bed in an individual sleeping quarter in the office after finishing work at midnight, in Beijing, China, April 27, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Employees at Goopal Group take a nap in their seats after lunch, in Beijing, China, April 21, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Wu Binbin (bottom) and Chen Huiyang, employees at BaishanCloud, take a nap after lunch in individual sleeping quarters, in the office, in Beijing, China, April 26, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Zhang Kun, an employee at BaishanCloud, practices Yoga before lunch at the office in Beijing, China, April 26, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Ma Zhenguo, a system engineer at RenRen Credit Management Co., sleeps on a camp bed at the office after finishing work early morning, in Beijing, China, April 27, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Liu Zhanyu, a client manager at DouMiYouPin, watches a video at a dormitory in the office after finishing work at midnight, in Beijing, China, April 21, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Yang Juan, an employee at Goopal Group, takes a nap in her seat after lunch, in Beijing, China, April 21, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Liu Zhanyu, a client manager at DouMiYouPin, washes his feet at the office's bathroom before going to sleep after finishing work at midnight, in Beijing, China, April 20, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Cui Meng, a co-founder of Goopal Group, covers employee Li Yan with a blanket as Li takes a nap on a sofa during a break at work around midnight, in Beijing, China, April 19, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Cui Meng, a Co-founder of Goopal Group, takes a nap in his seat after lunch, in Beijing, China, April 21, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Zhang Shuangjie, an IT engineer at BaishanCloud, drops the curtain as he prepares to sleep around midnight in an individual sleeping quarter, in the office, in Beijing, China, April 26, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Yu Xiaojian (L) and Li Yan, employees at Goopal Group, take a nap during a break at work around midnight, in Beijing, China, April 19, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Cui Meng, a co-founder of Goopal Group, covers employee Li Yan with a blanket as Li takes a nap on a sofa during a break at work around midnight, in Beijing, China, April 19, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Yu Xiaojian (L) and Li Yan, employees at Goopal Group, take a nap during a break at work around midnight, in Beijing, China, April 19, 2016. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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