Employee-sharing schemes are softening the blow for China’s pandemic-hit businesses

A staff member checks temperature of a staff who has not been checked before the store opens at a's 7Fresh chain, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Yizhuang town, Beijing, China February 8, 2020. Picture taken February 8, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang - RC2XWE9UJHLF

The worker-sharing scheme has thrown a lifeline to China’s smaller companies, especially restaurants. Image: REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

Jane Li
China tech reporter, Quartz
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