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Is it time to abandon the overwork culture?

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-01-09 09:00

Editor's note: A 22-year-old employee of the e-commerce platform Pinduoduo fell unconscious on her way home from work at 1:30 am on Dec 29 and later died in hospital. Although the cause of Zhang’s death has not been disclosed, many believe that the overwork culture might have played a role, thus sparking renewed discussions on tech companies' 996 work schedule. Readers share their opinions.


The pace of urban life is faster than what we expect and sometimes more than we can bear. We are encouraged to create wealth with our hard work and struggle. Of course, it makes sense. But sometimes we must work moderately because we will face some health problems sooner or later if we always work overtime and our workload is more than what we can bear or accept. Trading life for money is not a wise way for us to accumulate wealth. We hope that in the future the number of workers dying of overwork will decline with better protection by our national labor laws.

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