In China, Tech Perks Include Programming Cheerleaders

Published On 08/21/2015 Published On 08/21/2015

It's no major news that tech jobs come loaded with punishing hours, a high-stress workload, and little opportunity to socialize while toiling away behind a glowing wall of screens. 

Well, according to Trending In China, some Chinese startups have begun to address the problem by hiring female "programming cheerleaders" to incentivize employees. Huh? Can I hire someone to shoo the misogyny away?


According to the government-authorized news source, the cheerleaders' jobs involve "buying programmers breakfast, chitchatting, and playing ping-pong with them." One Internet company that hired three such cheerleaders reported "improved job efficiency and motivation." Apparently, programmers are so overworked they don't even the time for a single cat video.

Though, If you think this case of inequality and vague sexism in the tech industry is specific to China, look no further than Silicon Valley-based tech behemoth Facebook, who released a report this summer, detailing that 70% of its employees are men. Maybe they could use some women around the office, too.

Michelle No is an editorial assistant at Supercompressor and can't even. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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