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Young people in China are “lying flat” as they rethink their pursuit of wealth.

Dec 09 2021

Young people in China are “lying flat” as they rethink their pursuit of wealth. YPulse told you how The Great Resignation is happening in the U.S. and Western Europe, and the concept is also gaining ground among China’s young workers. Except, instead of The Great Resignation, the movement is described as “lie flat”—a reaction against China’s intense “996” work schedule of working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, six days a week. Young people in China are reassessing what it means to be successful, saying “no” to unfulfilling, grueling work in pursuit of a more purpose-filled or joyful future. “Lying flat” made the list of China’s 10 most popular memes this year, signaling how done young workers are with a generations-long attitude of relentlessly putting up with the “rat race.” Xiang Biao, director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany notes, “it’s about how the economy has become overheated and unsustainable, both in an environmental sense and in a mental sense.” A Microsoft Corp. survey found that nearly half of the world’s workers are considering quitting, with around four in 10 Millennial and Gen Z respondents saying they would leave their job if they were asked to come back to the office full time (YPulse’s What’s Next for Work trend research found that 14% of employed Gen Z and Millennials say they would be influenced to quit their job if their company required them to come back to the office full-time). (BloombergQuartz)