On January 3, the first work day of 2023, CEO of Chinese tech firm LeEco Zhang Wei issued a letter to all employees, announcing that a 4.5-day working system would be implemented the following day, giving all employees a flexible half-day every Wednesday.
Shen Peng, the founder of insurance tech platform Waterdrop Inc., said at a forum in Singapore that when exploring overseas markets, Chinese companies cannot copy China's prevailing "996" work culture – a 12 hours per day, six days per week working schedule.
The viral project that amassed more than 10 million views in less than a week has been reduced to a flameout amid a mixture of anti-overwork sentiment and digital censorship in Chinese society.
News of incidents involving premature deaths of young tech workers in China have hit the headlines and provoked criticism against the overwork culture. However, a recent ByteDance survey uncovered employees’ mixed emotions towards the practice.
On Jan. 7, China’s delivery company Shentong Express was reported to have fired an employee who refused to work after 9 p.m.
For many, 2019 has been a tough year. However, in the internet community, it's always about finding the fun amidst the dullness of everyday life. Certain words or phrases from hit movies, video platforms and online influencers become buzzwords and started spreading across Chinese social media platforms.
Huawei has responded to reports about Li Hongyuan, an ex-Huawei employee who was detained for 251 days under suspicion of extortion regarding the termination compensation he received from the company.
“Those who fool around all day long are not my brothers! I am responsible for the 180,000 families behind the 180,000 brothers. So I cannot cover for those one percent who fool around, I have no choice!"
In Episode 42 of TechBuzz China, co-hosts Ying-Ying Lu and Rui Ma turn their attention to the developer-led movement 996.icu, one of the few viral China tech topics in the past few months that has made it to Western media in real time and gotten a good bit of coverage.