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TikTok Owner ByteDance Mandates Shorter Working Hours

  • Employees will need to seek permission to work overtime
  • China’s 996 culture has drawn criticism, government scrutiny
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ByteDance Ltd. ordered its employees to end their day by 7 p.m., becoming one of the first tech companies in China to officially mandate shorter working hours. 

Staff in China should only work from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays and will need to seek permission to stay beyond those hours at least one day in advance, according to an internal document on Monday that was seen by Bloomberg News. A representative for the TikTok and Douyin owner declined to comment.