This is 996 culture, a grueling 72-hour work week popular in China that's been criticized for ruining work-life balance

This is how China (mis)treats their people.

Don’t they have unions, you know those petty organizations found in free countries? There’s no job that is worth your peace of mind.

[li]The 996 schedule compels employees to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.[/li][li]The schedule is widespread in China, especially among tech companies in China’s Silicon Valley.[/li][li]Chinese workers have blasted the policy on social media for ruining their personal lives.[/li][li]See more stories on Insider’s business page.[/li][/ul]
The brutal work schedule known as the “996” has been blamed for making work-life balance impossible, causing unnecessary stress, and even killing workers at some of China’s leading tech companies.

This unwritten rule of many Chinese workplaces has been championed by tech leaders and denounced by workers and activists for years. Here’s what you need to know about the infamous “996.”

[SIZE=5]What is 996 work culture?[/SIZE]
The “996,” a work schedule which encourages or coerces employees to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week, is common among Chinese tech companies and startups. Though the practice is technically prohibited by Chinese law, many companies still enforce the hours informally or formally.

Working overtime is now normal,” a blogger on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform similar to Twitter, said. “What’s even more scary is that so many young people are already used to this and don’t dare to protest because they know even if they do, it will be useless.”

For young tech workers, the grinding work schedule means more burnout and less time for basics like sleep, sex, or a personal life, according to the South China Morning Post.

An activist group created the project “996.ICU” on Github in early 2019, where critics listed examples of unreasonable overtime work and blacklisted companies accused of engaging in the practice and whitelisted companies with more humane hours, Reuters reported.

Furor over the “996” was reignited in December, 2019, after a 22-year-old working at Pinduoduo, an e-commerce company, collapsed and died on the streets of Urumqi, China, after leaving work at 1:30 a.m. The woman was seen in China as another victim of an extreme culture of overworking, and outrage flared on Chinese social media.

“This way of working is very harmful for the human body, we’ve heard a lot of news about deaths from working overtime in recent years, but this deformed overtime system still prevails,” one blogger said. “We can’t help but ask - is it really worth it to exchange our lives for money?”

[SIZE=5]Who supports this schedule?[/SIZE]
Well, many Chinese tech CEOs for one.

Alibaba CEO Jack Ma, who rose from poverty to become one of China’s richest men, is one of the most fervent supporters of 996, calling the hectic schedule a “huge blessing” for young professionals. “If you find a job you like, the 996 problem does not exist,” he said. “If you’re not passionate about it, every minute of going to work is a torment.”

Richard Liu, CEO of Chinese ecommerce company, agreed with Ma’s statement, stating on his WeChat feed that "slackers aren’t my brothers!"

But it’s not just Chinese leaders who defend long hours - Elon Musk believes that people looking to make an impact on the world should work 80 to 100 hours a week, saying “nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week.”

[SIZE=5]Is this policy actually effective?[/SIZE]
Research has shown that shorter work weeks are often more productive and that people struggle to concentrate on their tasks for long hours. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to cancer, weight gain and memory problems.

na USA si tuliambiwa watu hufanya jobs mbili ama tatu kwa siku? izo huchukua masaa ngapi?

Na sasa huku Kenya kwenye hakuna ata schedule. Watu kama wa supa wanafanya 16hrs a day with one day off ndio apate mia nane kwa siku

Those are rookie numbers. When you start a business, you work 24/7/365 and sacrifice everything. Then bonobos start calling you a wash wash guy.

Work-life balance is a myth if you want to get ahead in life.

In this case, who’s really getting ahead? Is it the lowly paid tech worker or the owner of the tech company?

Not everyone in the US works multiple jobs, infact most people have one job. Moreover, those extra hours are compensated on an hourly basis. Hawa wanafanya unpaid overtime.

That 996 culture is what has made China grow at 10 % consistently for 40 years.
It is what has made China go from a GDP of 100 billion dollars in 1980 to 14 trillion dollars in 2021.
Deng Xiaoping said that a nation must sacrifice a generation or two if it wants to catch up. I agree

Parkinson’s First Law states that “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.”
Parkinson’s Second Law: “Expenditures or “money paid” out rises to meet income.”
Parkinson’s Third Law: “Expansion means complexity, and complexity decay.”
Parkinson’s Fourth Law: “The number of people in any working group tends to increase irrespective of the amount of work to be completed.”
Parkinson’s Fifth Law: “If there is a way to delay an important decision, the good bureaucracy (or non-elected government officials), public or private, will find it.”

It is wrong because it is China.

In china employees have breaks to smoke cigarettes and sleep during the day

Are you implying that a nation’s interests supersede individual rights? Did that “generation or two” grant consent to have their dreams sacrificed at the altar of “catching up” (with the West)? These are rhetorical questions.

And the USA mistreats its workers by paying them starvation wages

[SIZE=7]The $7.25 minimum wage can’t pay all the bills in any state[/SIZE]

[SIZE=7]Housing Isn’t Affordable for Minimum Wage Workers Anywhere in the U.S.[/SIZE]

Hello China, this is Jeff Bezos, hold my beer.

Even though the legal minimum wage is what you’ve quoted, the reality on the ground is that most companies can’t find workers despite offering $15/h and sign on bonuses.
Hii whataboutism isn’t healthy. The focus is on China. Where is the US coming in?

That generation did not have a way of actualizing their dreams without some intervention. That intervention was their sacrifice, some austerity.
If you think about it they wouldn’t even have been there if some other earlier generations had not made sacrifices, dying fighting off the Mongol invaders who had threatened their country.
I guess it is the way of life - some generations are called upon to make sacrifices to secure the future of the nation. Or they enjoy too much freedom and the soft life so their nation dies like Sodom and Gomorrah.

I thought we were talking about mistreating workers. My bad

I’m sure nobody forces workers to go to work. If they don’t want to, they can stay home. Your needs force you to work, not your employer.

When the communist State forces all their citizens to become commercially viable and then denies them the right for self determination, that’s slavery by another name.

Sodom and Gomorrah? I thought those were mythical cities found only in the Bible? :smiley:

the modern day slave is the employee… ukiringa there are plenty of niggas willing to do your job for lesser pay