While the end of the year is often a time to celebrate, some stressed Chinese workers have marked the occasion in a unique way.
Hundreds of young office workers and students participated in a number of pillow fights on Tuesday (December 27) in order relieve tension.
According to founder and event organiser Eleven Wang, releasing the stress allows participants to "once again face our daily life with joy".
"Nowadays there are many white collar workers and students that are facing huge pressures at work and at school, so we hope to give them an outlet to release their stress before the end of the year," he said.
"Everyone will get to write onto the pillows the names of their bosses, teachers and exam subjects and enjoy and vent to the maximum."
The annual event – now in its fifth year – has become so popular that another has been planned for December 30.
While a pillow fight may not seem like an option for employers concerned with a stressed workplace, a more practical approach can be taken.
Offering a corporate health insurance policy may be a way for employers to recognise the importance of reducing stress in the workplace.
Healthier employees are often happier – and more productive – in the work environment.