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Alibaba's built a new workplace app for China called DingTalk, and it's all the rage among employers. It's designed to send employees repeat notifications called dings if they don't respond to their boss's messages until they do.>>
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> On WeChat, your boss wouldn't dare chat with you about work on the weekend.
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But DingTalk somehow gives the leader or boss the privilege to find you at any time.>> But that's not all the app does. As Reuters' Yawen Chen reports, the company has also added an array of new functions designed to boost productivity. Some of which employees are not too happy about.
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>> DingTalk is a very interesting application with features like allowing employers to track the locations of their employees and also asking for a daily report and bombarding their employees with text messages and notifications. All these functions have unfortunately created a backlash among Chinese workers who say that the trust between employees and employers have been destroyed.
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As now they have to scan their face when they meet a client to avoid corruption charges.>> The company who made DingTalk says it's designed to make the workplace more transparent and equal. But critics say that the app has only reinforced the hierarchy at Chinese companies. Some users Reuters spoke to even offered some advice for employees at other companies, saying, quote, whenever your company starts using DingTalk, you should quit.
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>> That's very telling of some of the frustrations in this content among users of the app, when they're forced by the company to use a lot of the intrusive features the app provides.>> DingTalk's become the world's largest chat service for companies in the last three and a half years, with 100 million individual users and 7 million employers across China.
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>> As DingTalk’s userbase grows, workers are taking to Internet forums to vent their frustrations. One user on Chinese social media app WeChat posted a cartoon comparing the app’s daily report function to writing a diary in primary school and described being constantly dinged as torture.