English: Overtime Dogs
Pinyin: Jiābān gǒu
Overtime work has become a common phenomenon in Chinese companies. Young workers are burdened with great pressure to survive in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, thus the term “overtime dog” (jiaban gou; 加班狗) was created.
According to one estimate by a researcher at Beijing Normal University, Chinese workers log an average of 2,000-2,200 working hours each year – far higher than their counterparts in the United States (1,790 hours per year), the Netherlands (1,419), Germany (1,371) and even Japan (1,719), according to OECD statistics.
An amateur Shanghai choir devoted a tongue-in-cheek song to their status as “overtime dogs” – a slang term for white-collar workers – entitled “My Body Is Hollowed Out.”