SHANGHAI: Richard Liu, the founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc., has debated the debate about the labor culture of Chinese technology industries, regretting that the growth years have increased the number of "strikes" to which Do not be your "brothers."
Liu's comments, which the Chinese media released to WeChat's personal feed on Friday, are the last contribution to a growing debate on the reconciliation of work life and work life in the technology industry, since the sector is slowing down after the growth years.
They also come in the middle of reports this week that the company is in full disappearance. Three sources of the company told Reuters that the cuts began earlier this year and they became more extensive in the last few weeks.
A spokesman for JD.com confirmed the authenticity of the Liu note. He refused to comment on layoffs, but said that some adjustments passed as normal business.
"JD.com is a competitive job site that rewards initiative and hard work, which is consistent with our business roots," said the spokesman. "We return to the roots when we look for, develop and prevail the personnel that share the same hunger and values".
Liu, who started the company that would become JD.com in 1998, talked about how in the first days of the company he set up his alarm clock to wake him every two hours to make sure he could offer them Its customers a 24-hour service – a step that said was crucial to the success of JD.
"JD in the last four, five years has not eliminated any problem, so that the number of staff has expanded rapidly, the number of people who have given orders has grown and has grown, while those who have worked have fallen, "wrote Liu. "Instead of that, the number of slackers has grown rapidly!"
"If that continues, JD will not have any hope. And the company will only be expelled from the market without stopping! Slackers are not my brothers!" added
The term that you used, which commonly translates to China as "strikes", can be translated directly as people who move in no time or lose time.
The contents of his note were reported by the main Chinese media, such as the Caijing financial magazine and the 21st Century Herald newspaper, on Saturday, as well as the shared platform on Twitter of Weibo, where more than 400 million read times
SLEEVES AND REST
Three JD employees, who refused to be named because they did not speak with the media, told Reuters that the company's morale was low after several executive outings and layoffs at the firm in the last weeks. One said the cuts also affected the staff of the vice president.
The Information Technology website reported this week that JD.com could reduce up to 8% of its workforce. JD, who had more than 178,000 full-time employees at the end of last year, said the number was incorrect.
"Now it's a turning point, where too many people and many business leaders or deputy leaders have been fired. Nobody is sure," said one of the sources.
He added that he had affected the productivity of his department and that many workers controlled Weibo, stock markets or played instead of focusing on work.
The dismissals "are almost all JD employees who can speak," he said.
JD's spokesman, when asked about morale, said that most of the team was very committed.
"The change – even if it is uncomfortable for some – can be encouraging for the majority, that they are dedicated to our future shared".
JD, supported by Walmart Inc, Google Alphabet Inc. and Tencent Holdings in China, recorded its lowest quarterly growth rate in February since its initial public offer for 2015.
Other Chinese technology giants have reduced growth forecasts and reduced employee discounts in the midst of the slowdown, which has boosted demand for better working conditions for their employees.
The work program "# 99;" referring to 9:00 a.m. at 9:00 p.m. The work day, six days a week, has become the target of online debate and protests in some coding platforms, where workers have changed examples of excessive demands for excessive exercise in some companies .
The founder of the Alibaba group and billionaire Jack Ma also weighed on Friday and explained to the employees of the company in a speech that the opportunity to work these hours was a "blessing."
Liu said that JD did not force his staff to work on "996" or even a "995" extraordinary schedule.
"But each person must have the desire to push himself to the limit!" He said.
(Additional report by Cate Cadell and Zhang Min at BEIJING; editing by Gerry Doyle)