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The Dark Truth Of Chinese Overtime Workers

My father always says - if you want to become successful, perform extra. Because people believe that 'extra' will certainly take you way ahead of others. But I am asking you, should this has to be done at the cost of your sleep... No, let me correct, at the cost of your rest?

You must be wondering that from where has this topic risen? Well, this is a concern regarding the lifestyle of Chinese people working in start-ups. But what am I exactly talking about... Let's have a look.

Via BBC

The Dark Truth Of Chinese Overtime Workers

The Dark Truth Of Chinese Overtime Workers

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Long working hours have become a way of living in China.

Long working hours have become a way of living in China.

Irrespective of the type of industry.

Wu says:

Wu says:

"Everyone wants to finish their work before leaving the office, people work hard to create their own value. We have a lot of things to do but we don't have that many employees, so everyone is wearing several hats."

Chinese employees work for an average of 2000-2200 hours each year.

Chinese employees work for an average of 2000-2200 hours each year.

In respect to the workers of other countries who work 1400-1800 hours every year on an average, says a study of 2014.

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An amateur Shanghai choir devoted a song to their status- "Overtime Dogs".

An amateur Shanghai choir devoted a song to their status-

Which is a slang term for white collar workers entitled "My body is hallowed out."

They sing-- 

"Who needs sleep? What a waste of time!"
 "Who needs to eat when PowerPoint is my sustenance?"
 "My body feels hollowed out, no more overtime, (exhausted), I'm so                           dog-tired."

The performers wear fluffy dog ears, a reference to "Overtime Dogs".

The performers wear fluffy dog ears, a reference to

Also known as jiabangou in Chinese.

The country's brutal working hours have become a concern for the government.

The country's brutal working hours have become a concern for the government.

Because the day is not far when people will die due to overwork and also it is said that the China overtime labor laws are not protecting the workers' rights adequately.

Lai Desheng, the dean of a business school at Beijing Normal University said,

Lai Desheng, the dean of a business school at Beijing Normal University said,

"That shorter working hours can not only improve productivity and the health of employees, but will also help to accelerate the economic transition from 'made in China' to 'made by China'."

Some start-ups have created extra facilities for overtime.

Some start-ups have created extra facilities for overtime.

Which include late night meals and installation of bunks so that the workers can take the nap during the day or night.

Basically, Chinese start-ups are not unique.

Basically, Chinese start-ups are not unique.

Which means, the ideas are copied, so the workers are left with efficiency on cost and speed and, "When you're competing on low cost and speed, there's really only one culture to be successful, and that's a 24-7, 365 (day) culture."

One says:

One says:

"For many young tech workers, the job is their life. Many relocate to cities where they don't have family or friends so they'd rather stay late at the office. And start-ups can provide home comforts such as speedy wi-fi, video games and free meals. It's not about working, this is part of their lifestyle. They don't want to go home, they just want to stay there."

A post by a Chinese man:

A post by a Chinese man:

"I cried and laughed all the way through when I first listened, it was so much like the experiences I have."

Another said:

Another said:

"This is exactly how I am feeling on my job lately."

A tweet by BBC, referring them as "Overtime Dogs."

A tweet by BBC, referring them as

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