Young people trapped in the 996 office system: breaking their bodies and slowly losing their love for life

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Young people trapped in the 996 office system: breaking their bodies and slowly losing their love for life

2019-04-01 11:24:10 101 ℃

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author/Tang Yahua Wang Lin Dawn Zhang Lanyu Suqi

editor/Wei Jia

Recently, a major event occurred in the programmer community. Some people launched a project named "996.ICU" on GitHub, a well-known code hosting platform, in order to boycott the 996 working system of Internet companies and get it immediately. To a large number of programmers to respond.

The so-called 996 refers to working six days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and "996.ICU" means "working 996, sick ICU".

For Internet companies, 996 is nothing new, but in the context of recent layoffs, 996 has become a means for some enterprises to force employees back or increase KPI in disguised form, which has aroused public concern again.

p>strong>burning finance and economics (ID:rancaijing) interviewed nine employees who had experienced 996. "When they entered the company, the sun had not risen, and when they left, the sun had set", which is the normal state of their lives.

Some of them are afraid to take time off because they have a fever and don't want to be laid off. Some of them just leave work at 1:00 a.m. every day. In order to cultivate feelings with the girl they want, they can only sacrifice their sleeping time. Others are positive, even if they work 30 hours more a week and their salary is 40% lower than before, but she thinks that all the efforts are worth it on the way to start a business.

Let's listen to the stories of these Internet people and 996.


Work on Sunday is more terrible than "Monday Comes". Work on Sunday is

Zhangwei Licorne Enterprise Employee

Annual Salary: Not disclosed

According to the company's regulations, working hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Every other weekend, that is, big and small weeks. If you work overtime on weekends, the next Wednesday can be an hour earlier, that is, at six o'clock. In principle, this is true, but since I joined the company for more than a year, has never left work on time. The average time to leave work is about 9:00 p.m., and sometimes I have to work overtime on the weekend when I rest.

Overtime on weekends is paid, but overtime at night is not paid. The last time I got off work recently was at 2 or 3 a.m., because the customer needed some material. We helped to prepare the material, and the original process was not going smoothly.

Overtime is mainly due to too much work, which can not be done by normal working hours. It takes time for novices to get familiar with the work, and the equivalent efficiency is high, so the assignment will increase, so it is not inefficiency that leads to overtime.

From October last year to January this year, I continued to work overtime, which was common until 11 p.m. The worst experience was that I took my annual vacation and went on a trip. I was disturbed by all kinds of work information on the way. I was not in the mood to enjoy the beautiful scenery at all. I was very angry but could not lose my temper. Dealing with different needs all the time, the whole annual vacation is no different from working all the time. < p > < p > < strong > I was a person who enjoyed life very much, but now I gradually lost my love for life. Now almost all the time is working. After work, I just want to be paralyzed in bed. I don't want to watch movies, play sports and play games. The weekend will also cherish the time at home, because it takes energy to go out.

Colleagues also complain to each other, but it's the norm for Internet companies, as everyone knows. It's just that for a long time, the body feels uncomfortable, shoulders ache, and there are some metabolic problems. Overtime intensity, no time for exercise, life and work can not be balanced. My fianc-in-law told me several times that he didn't want me to work overtime so late, but he also knew that this was the case when he chose a company, which was also the decision we had discussed at the beginning. The environment is not good now, so I have to stay first. From my heart, I still hope that work and life should be taken into account. Even if the money is in place, I will not accept 996. Usually, it's too late to work overtime, and weekends are really money-giving and don't want to work. According to this intensity, I don't expect to spend more than three years here. Now I think that the more terrible thing than "Monday comes" is to start work on Sunday.


I was like an alarm clock-setting machine, completing tasks on time

Song Weibeitong Technology Sales

Annual Salary: 150,000

I came to this company for only five months. At that time, I thought that the next two years in China would usher in a period of market explosion of SaaS software, and I had great potential.

Although it is not the standard 996, we have to work from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. every day, or big or small weeks. The following chart is a timetable that the marketing team started to implement in March this year. Every day, we are like machines with time alarm clocks set to complete tasks on time and on time.

At 8 a.m., we are going to attend online classes. After that, we will have an online test one to two weeks later. The course will be updated every week, and the rest of the time we will be constantly promoting products. A table before

company was divided into more details, and the granularity of time was calculated in half an hour. One of my definite feelings is that work is full of my life.

Company implements such a system, I can also understand that in 2018, decibel has melted into the B round, there is the pressure of performance, the previous mode of work can not pull up the data, the rate of signing bills is not high, the company's performance is not up. However, < strong > according to this time arrangement, the work efficiency has not increased. A colleague who joined me at the same time said that he had gone at the company's pace and had not achieved the corresponding results. As a result, he became more and more anxious, and his cigarettes changed from one pack a day to several packs a day. He also began to doubt his ability.

Some colleagues have adapted well. He even said, "This is the case in the Internet industry. Where does it leave you at six or seven in the evening?" So the 996 system still depends on the acceptance of each employee.

I got married last year, and now I get up at 7 a.m. and get home at 9 p.m. every day. This rhythm has really affected my life. Although she would not quarrel with me, the less she quarreled, the more guilty I felt. Later < strong > she gently asked me to resign. In fact, the company had predicted to reform into this model a year ago. When I came here, there were more than 60 people in the Beijing sales team. Now almost half of them have left their jobs. There were about 20 people in Shenzhen at that time. Now there are only a few left, and the turnover rate in Shanghai is very high. I can understand the company's arrangements, but I don't want to continue. I'm leaving. < p > < p > < strong > Now choose the company again. I blacken directly in 996 and the size of the week. I understand that all companies will have some special situations, such as meeting today and having activities tomorrow, but I can't accept 996 as the norm. On the one hand, back pain has become my daily life. On the other hand, I don't get enough sleep every day. On the way to work, I feel like I'm going to jail.

One day this feeling was particularly obvious. I arrived at the company at 9:00 in the morning. It was grey that day. I didn't come out until more than 8:00. I held my breath indoors and had a bad day. When I entered the company, the sun had not risen yet. When I left, the sun had fallen. I didn't want to go on like this.


24-hour working system, I became part-time security, cleaning, emergency workers

Mr. Zhang's operation of a start-up company

annual salary: 100,000

996, which is a false proposition for me. Because I am 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, almost all in the company. In other words, I live in a company. The boss was generous enough to accommodate my recent graduate. The accommodation is very simple. A bed has been added to the conference room. So it's a conference room in the daytime and my dormitory in the evening.

At first, I thanked my boss for saving me 1,000 yuan or 2,000 yuan in rent. But then I found out that the boss had already "insight into everything", which was a good deal for him.

First of all, I somehow became a part-time security guard in the company. Living in a company, of course, is responsible for the company's property safety. I have to get up at 8 a.m. every day to open the door and close the window, light and lock the door at night. Once when my cell phone was off and my alarm clock didn't go off, I opened my eyes at 10 o'clock and asked my colleagues to wait outside the door for an hour. At that time, I almost jumped out of the window and ran away. < p > < p > Secondly, I became a part-time cleaning in your eyes. Every morning I sweep the floor, clean the table, throw away rubbish, and sometimes I even boil water to make coffee for everyone. Of course, it's free. The key point of

is that my work has changed to a 24-hour work schedule. On several occasions, I had dinner with friends outside at 8 p.m. the boss had a phone call, so I had to throw down my chopsticks and run back to the company to help the boss make PPT. Sometimes when the boss drinks outside and comes back to the company to hold a meeting with me, he talks for hours, repeating the same thing over and over again, and you have to pretend to listen carefully. The boss went back, and I went on to sort out the minutes of the meeting. For me, there is no such thing as going to work or leaving work. Maybe because I'm a new student, I haven't seen the world, and I don't have any temper, overtime work will be arranged for me, because everyone knows I'm 24 hours.

Startups have a lot of things, and there will be many emergencies, overtime is very normal. The boss will come to the company on Saturdays, and some colleagues will pretend to work overtime, so I can't go anywhere. Once I sneaked out of the company to play on a Saturday afternoon and the boss called before I reached the court.

My range of activities is getting smaller and smaller. In high school, it was three points and one line. Now, it's the point of the company. My daily activities are centered around the company, with a radius of 300 meters. When you go out of the company building, most people buy breakfast and cigarettes. Later, the company opened a convenience store downstairs. I didn't even need the building.

I'm used to staying in the company every day. Personally, I don't think it's too bad to work overtime because I never seem to get off work. 996, at least a more definite and standardized system, maybe I can try it.


Everyone doesn't want to be laid off, unless I faint, I will rest

Ms. Zhang's R&D Engineer in a chemical industry

Annual salary: nearly 300,000

I'm not an Internet industry, but a chemical industry. The profit margin of traditional industry is lower than that of the Internet, and overtime is more serious, but the voice of the Internet is louder, so the outside world thinks we are. Very comfortable. < p > < p > < strong > We are now basically 927 (9 a.m. to 2 a.m., 7 days a week). I am a research and development post, although it is a fixed salary, but a better performance, earlier papers, patents, can always be promoted earlier.

Actually, I've been used to this rhythm, and that's what I've been doing since I was a doctor. At the latest time, I worked directly until 6 a.m., went to breakfast and continued the next day, which happened once or twice a month.