A female employee at NIO has disclosed that the Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer's business volume has significantly increased in the last six months, resulting in severe overtime situations.
On the morning of February 17, Liang Rubo, CEO of Beijing-based internet technology company ByteDance, sent an internal letter to all employees, saying that he would adjust the cycle of setting and reviewing of performance targets from bimonthly to quarterly.
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.
On Tuesday, a post titled "the sudden death of a 28-year-old employee at ByteDance" was widely spread on Maimai. ByteDance confirmed later that the employee unfortunately passed away at 13:43 on February 23.
An insider responded to online rumors that a "newly graduated Tencent employee who expressed his dissatisfaction with management quit his job and was marked as 'never to be hired by Tencent'."
On Wednesday, a topic named "fresh graduate employees of Wechat Group of Tencent accused his leader" went viral on Chinese social media.
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.