Can we get a free weekend by eliminating the big and small weeks?

Recently, Internet makers are once again in the spotlight.

At the beginning of June, Tencent’s Photon Studio advocated employees to stop 996; on June 20, #ByteJumping 1/3 of employees did not support the abolition of small and big week # became a hot topic on Weibo; then, on June 24, Racer Technology announced that it would abolish the small and big week system in July and let employees work overtime on demand.

Soon, the topic of Racer’s abolition of small and big weeks hit the top of the hot search. So far, the microblogging topic has reached 390 million readers, and there are many different voices either agreeing or questioning.

The reporter collected some data and interviewed some friends who had worked or are working in big Internet factories to see what factors have influenced the different views on big and small weeks; why people who have not experienced big and small weeks are facing similar workplace dilemmas.

Different regions

Different views on big and small weeks

The so-called “small and large week” is a relatively common way of rest in the Internet industry. It means that one week is a single break, the next week is a double break, and so on and so forth.

According to a report by 36 Krypton, Racer’s internal week is called “focus day” and started to run on a trial basis in January this year. After a six-month trial run, it was decided to cancel it. If there are projects that require overtime, Racer will pay according to the rules. Overtime on weekends will be paid 2 times, and overtime on national holidays will be paid 3 times.

I thought this was a decision that everyone would support and agree with, that internet people could have precious double breaks, not have to go bald for big and small weeks, and have more time to get back to their lives, but this is not the case.

According to WeHotSpot, within 24 hours after the #Racer July will cancel the big and small week topic hit the hot search, different regions were divided on the cancellation of the big and small week.

On Weibo, the Top 10 regions with the highest discussion on “big and small weeks”, while most of the regions think the abolition of big and small weeks is a good thing and show joy, Beijing, Guangdong, Zhejiang, and the Chinese government are not. While most of the regions think that the abolition of big and small weeks is a good thing and show joy, Beijing, Guangdong and Zhejiang, the three regions where the Internet majors are mainly located, have a neutral sentiment.

This means that some people are not as excited about the abolition of the big and small weeks as we thought, but instead maintain a neutral or even opposite attitude.

Why is there such a divergence? What factors lead them to have different ideas?

People who are experiencing the big and small weeks

What do they think?

Each person who is experiencing a big or small week may be practicing a similar routine in their body, but have different thoughts in their head.

According to the data of Micro Hotspot, when people discuss the big and small week on Weibo, the key words are basically inseparable from the big Internet factory, weekend off and income.

Money-related keywords were frequently mentioned by netizens. Among them, “high salary” and “low salary ” were mentioned 26848 times and 26744 times respectively. “salary” and “overtime pay ” were mentioned 22,547 times and 11,769 times respectively.

This is not difficult to understand. Although big and small weeks mean overtime work, many employees in big Internet factories are told about big and small weeks by HR in advance during the interview, and they will get the corresponding overtime pay as a result.

DT Jun interviewed an employee Xiao M (a pseudonym) at Byte Jump. He graduated two years ago and has been experiencing small and big weeks since he became a programmer, but he doesn’t resent it. He said that the company will pay overtime according to different departments, which is usually 1.5 to 3 times of the average daily salary.

In other words, the more important your department is, the better your KPI performance is, or the higher your position level is, the higher your average daily salary is, and the higher your overtime pay will be.

That’s why Little M told DT that he doesn’t actually resist the big and small weeks. “As long as the overtime pay is worth the hard work, I’m willing to accept big and small weeks. The main reason is to get more money. “

But at the same time, some people are happy to exchange hard work for money, while others suffer from small and large weeks to make themselves physically and mentally exhausted.

In the pulse, some people have asked the question: “double rest and small and large week is really a big difference? It feels like there are only 2 days less rest in a month. We collected the comments under this question, and more than half of the people thought “there is a big difference “.

On the surface, 2 days less rest may not be much, but netizens provide another algorithm: double rest is to work 5 days, rest 2 days, rest work ratio 2:5 = 0.4, equivalent to an average of 1 day of work, rest 0.4 days; small week of small week, is to work 6 days, rest 1 day, that is, an average of 1 day of work, rest 0.167 days. The difference between the two is 2.4 times.

They generally believe that they often do not have a good rest before the next round of work, life happiness is very low. The hardest part is that if they have a significant other, or even if they are married and have children, it is even harder for them to divide their time and energy among their families.

Zhang Hua (a pseudonym) object had worked in a large Internet factory, there are small and large weeks, and often work overtime, more than 10 o’clock at night to get home. In the middle of December last year, it was Zhang Hua’s birthday, and he wanted to have a sense of ritual, but he arrived home late because he worked overtime.

Zhang Hua reluctantly told DT Jun: “Lighting candles, making wishes, singing the birthday song, eating cake, eating take-out, a series of processes like pinch the clock to go through. And two people have been exhausted on the sofa, still can not control while eating cake and talk about work. “

In a word, “obviously the body wants to relax, but the soul has long been occupied by work”.

People who have not experienced the big and small weeks

People who have not experienced the week are facing a similar dilemma

Each person has his or her own position and opinion on the issue of whether the week should be abolished. The question is, will people’s work stress be reduced and their quality of life be improved after the elimination of the week?

Last month, DT released a survey on “how to spend weekends for young people in China”. We found that with 10 points out of 10, the average evaluation of young people’s weekend was only 5.67 points, and more than 40% of them failed.

Even if many people do not face big and small weeks, the huge workload and work pressure make the hidden overtime on weekends ubiquitous.

DT Jun interviewed a new media editor-in-chief. She said that although she has a double break every week and 7 days of annual leave every year, she works overtime all the time, and her working hours and intensity are comparable to those of “big and small weeks”. Her living condition can be shown as follows

①WeChat is online all day, and she often checks her messages when she eats or walks.

② When she is not working, she is used to carrying her computer whenever she goes out.

③Weekend “revenge sleep”, 11:00 noon, you can continue to sleep in the afternoon.

④When reading information, I unconsciously think “should I follow this hot topic”.

⑤ not too much pursuit of the meaning of the work itself, only want to make money.

Being ready to work at any time when resting has become more and more the norm for people in the workplace. Even on weekends, messages from leaders will pop up suddenly, day and night. As soon as the nail rings, you will immediately enter the work state.

In the results of the “Survey on how to spend the weekend of domestic youth”, nearly half of all the people surveyed said they could not distinguish the boundary between work and life.

As with 996 and 007, people are not only concerned about the rationality of the “big and small week” rest system, but also about Behind the “big and small week”, the hidden common dilemma faced by people in the workplace nowadays.

When the system atmosphere of 996 and overtime work in big Internet factories has spread to many small and medium-sized enterprises, overtime work has been taken as a symbol of struggle and hard work by default, and many people have to “voluntarily “Many people have to work overtime voluntarily.

Cici (a pseudonym), an employee of an education company, told DT Jun that the company is not big, and under the watchful eye of the boss, almost no one will leave work on time. “Many times I want to leave work early, but looking at the colleagues next to the non-stop keyboard, I’m embarrassed to go, I can only open the computer and pretend to work. “

This kind of formalistic overtime reduces the work efficiency of the workplace and deprives them of their enthusiasm and energy for their work.

After abolishing the big and small week

Will everything be better?

Going back to the question mentioned at the beginning, is mandatory off-duty work and the abolition of big and small weeks really an effective solution?

From the system point of view, it does return more break time to the workplace. But in the long run, it seems to be an unsolvable problem.

Some interviewed people in large factories expressed doubts about working and resting in the future. In the rapidly expanding large factories, each department and project has KPI, and the work and pressure will be pressed from high to low and layer to layer to the employees.

In the case of undiminished workload, even if the company does not implement the size of the week, the workforce will continue to work overtime in a different place. “After all, the work comes, the work still has to be done. “

This is in line with what Tamen mentions in his article “Who Moved Young People’s Weekends”: “The obvious fact is that today people are increasingly able to realize that they are being alienated. On the one hand, people are able to recognize that the individual is just a screw to the huge capitalist machine; on the other hand, it is unrealistic to rebel against the work system. “

But after all, human beings are not working machines and should not be used as a symbol for calculating costs and benefits.

The future may not yet be known, but let’s not forget that as early as the 18th century, Kant already said –

“Man is an end, not an instrument. “