China's ICBC bank this week sent a note to employees who describe how they should behave with the colleagues of the opposite sex. The news has caused a debate on Chinese social networks, with some commentators who applaud the Bank to address the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace and others, saying that the rules invaded too much in the private lives of employees.

In an email sent to the whole company on Monday, employees were urged to maintain a healthy distance Of the colleagues of the opposite sex to benefit their careers and "family happiness". The note included 10 illustrated guidelines, with a green or red behavior, depending on whether or not is considered appropriate by the Bank.

staff avoiding one-in-a iterations with the members of the opposite sex are advised, consider crossing the line in daily communication and limiting the exchanges as much as possible. They were also told that they will make sure that their clothes fit correctly and they are given a more specific advice. In a guide, women were warned not to sit on the front seat, if an elevator is offered home by a male colleague. They were also told that they did not ask their male colleges advice on underwear.

the memo stated that the guidelines were based on "deep lessons" extracted from "relevant cases", which led to a emergence of speculation about whether there is a problem of sexual harassment in The bank, which employs half a million people in China.

The note has met with mixed reactions on Chinese social networks. "These recommendations will not fix everything, but at least ICBC is doing everything possible to protect women from sexual harassment in a work environment," wrote a Weibo user, according to SUP China. However, others argued that employees should be trusted to establish their own limits with co-workers. "Having dined with a work partner outside work, it does not necessarily mean, I am interested that I am interested in it romantically," wrote a Chinese man.

Despite a very limited motion of # picture in recent years, the sexual misconduct of the workplace is still a problem in China. According to recent surveys, 40 percent of Chinese women have experienced an inappropriate behavior of male colleagues in a professional environment.

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