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Outcry Against The 996 Work Culture

Work cultures in many parts of Asia are starkly different from those in the West so it might be surprising to many that there are people who work 12 hours or even 16 hours a day, every day, without launching any grievances.

However, a new protest against the so-called 996 schedule may be the first step to change the culture already embedded. '996' means '9 AM to 9 PM, six days a week'. In regards to this, a group of Microsoft employees are supporting Chinese tech workers who wrote a petition on GitHub.

"The "996.ICU" repository was established in March by Chinese tech workers who were protesting extreme overwork," said the report. The "996" philosophy has been endorsed by the tech billionaire and Alibaba Founder Jack Ma.
Several local Chinese browsers have already blocked access to 996.ICU, including Tencent, Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Qihoo 360. Microsoft, that owns GitHub, has not blocked the repository till now.

(Image credit: Alex Kotliarskyi/Unsplash)


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I have a saying I go by "work should be hard, not complicated". When managers don't listen to their workers, or when they treat them as robots, life becomes complicated. The workers in these countries are obviously miserable. Or, to say the least, not aware how good life could be. It just seems like a waste of time and intelligence for so many to be miserable at work.
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