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Sudden death, big and small weeks, 996: when the Internet becomes a labor intensive industry

via:博客园     time:2021/1/5 14:41:29     readed:58


By Tingting

Source: deep echo

At the beginning of 2021, pinduoduo became the center of the topic again.

On the evening of January 3, a netizen of pulse disclosed on the Internet that a member of pinduoduo's Duoduo food shopping staff died suddenly at 1:30 a.m. on the way to work, aged only 23. This news swiped the circle of friends that night, but in the early morning of the 4th, this burst of information post was no longer accessible.


In addition to this brief response, the specific physical condition and work intensity of the employee cannot be studied. Referring to the information provided by Caixin, the female employee leaves work in the early morning as normal working hours, and 1:00 a.m. in Xinjiang is about equivalent to 11:00 Beijing time. Most of the employees in the vegetable business work in the evening.


Leaving aside this case which can not be determined, it is not new that Internet enterprises work too fast and under too much pressure, which leads to employees' health damage and even sudden death.

Previously, the situation of excessive work pressure and employees' unbearable burden appeared more in the manufacturing industry. From January 23, 2010 to November 5, 2010, Foxconn had 14 consecutive jumping incidents, which led to the criticism of the whole society and made all walks of life constantly reflect on Foxconn's working mode.

But it seems that ten years later, the Internet companies who have been promoted to the altar have forgotten their painful lessons.

Even if they work so hard, Internet users are still facing anxiety about their future. After the age of 35, employees who have not been promoted to senior management will be eliminated, which has become the hidden rule of the Internet industry. It seems that only young people can be competent for the work with high physical intensity.


All kinds of phenomena point to a trend that the Internet is moving towards a labor-intensive industry.

It's not only that people are working longer and longer, but the number of people in big factories is also growing. By the end of 2019, Alibaba Group has more than 100000 employees, and by the end of the third quarter of 2020, Tencent has more than 77000 employees. In early 2020, we announced that the number of employees would reach 100000.

In the past two years, the market value of Internet enterprises has skyrocketed. Tencent's market value has exceeded HK $5 trillion, meituan's market value has approached HK $2 trillion, and pinduoduo's total market value has exceeded US $200 billion. But behind that, it seems, is more labor and longer working hours.

This has gone against the original intention of the Internet.

Xu Xiaonian, a well-known economist, once concluded that the reason why the Internet is powerful is that it has four effects: Metcalfe effect, bilateral market effect, scale effect in traditional economy and synergy effect in traditional economy. Based on these four effects, the Internet can create a very rare phenomenon of increasing returns. Generally speaking, the magic of the Internet is to enlarge efficiency and revenue through innovation.

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