The latest such story comes out of China, where Ubo, a car valet service, is requiring a group of its male valets to undertake sensitivity training in the form of wearing fake bumps and drinking lots of water so they have the uncomfortable feeling of full bladders while doing their jobs.
The company's founder, Corrine Zhao, told Mashable that the stunt is all part of the company's efforts to target the demographic of working pregnant women. "Being a housewife and not working is considered lazy and irresponsible, especially if you have higher education," she said. "A lot of [Chinese] companies won't hire women around their late-twenties because they might get pregnant soon."
The valets reported feeling self-conscious (ya think?), and said they gained a new appreciation for certain cultural double standards.
In this latest case, as is my typical response in similar cases, is a teeny bit of gratitude for the effort—mixed with a bunch of eye rolling.
Still, at least this company is making an effort to understand and accommodate the diverse needs and mind frames of pregnant women. As Zhao told Parents.com, "Moms are sometime the best candidates to hire. They went through a stressful experiences, are good at multi-tasking , and often are very compassionate. I would say some of the best people we hired this year are moms that just came back into the workforce. And as the management, we just need to give them more support, such as flexible hours, services like valeting parking, nursing room, and the most important thing: a supportive community."
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