TikTok owner now discouraging overtime among Chinese workforce

ByteDance, the owner of popular social media app Tik Tok, is discouraging its Chinese employees from taking overtime, The Washington Post reported. 

Tik Tok employees have been told to not work beyond 7 p.m. and that they should seek permission to stay beyond the preferred time. 

ByteDance’s new policy, referred to as “1075” by Weibo users, has workers clock in for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. shifts during the five-day workweek.

Employees who work longer hours are still eligible to apply for compensation or time off, according to the company memo. 

ByteDance’s public relations officer Fan Ning told the Post the new measure is meant to “ensure that employees are able to demand reasonable compensation.”

The new rules make ByteDance one of the first major Chinese-based companies to push back against the industry work culture referred to as “996,” according to the Post. The “996” schedule refers to employees working a six-day schedule from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., according to the Post. 

Tech workers have complained for years about the 996 schedules, and in August, a Chinese court declared it illegal. 


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