It’s no secret that Chinese people are hard-workers. On the bright side, this culture contributes greatly to the country’s quick economic rise, but it also results in nationwide health problem given the lengthening working hours. In a country where extreme productivity practice like 996 prevails, however, employers, especially corporates, are paying increasing attention the health and wellness of their employees. The reasoning behind this is a no-brainer: healthy and happy staff makes for a more productive workforce.

For most people, keeping fit is more of a lifestyle choice. Most of the current startups like social fitness app Keep go after individual customers. But Shanghai-based startup SPIRIT thinks we can find a balance between work and life through employee engagement, sports, platform competition and the adoption of wearable technologies.

And this is not only for the benefit of individual employees but for their employers as well. SPIRIT is currently developing a smart platform that can follow and guide corporate employees through their wellness journey, and, in some cases, intuitively understand what and when they need to work physically in order to be more productive.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.