Vanke to employees: stop calling me ‘boss’
China Vanke, the country’s largest property developer by market value, has banned the custom of calling superiors “boss”, according to an internal notice from its Shanghai branch that was posted online.
Under this new rule, employees can no longer call their superiors zong, the Chinese term for leadership titles. Those who break the new rule will be fined 100 yuan ($15.75). The regulation suggests that employees use people’s given names or nicknames, as long as they are suitable for the workplace.
Traditionally, Chinese people use appellations to show respect to their elders and superiors, this was replaced by the use of “comrade” in 1965. However, as China developed rapidly due to the reform and opening up, the title “boss” became more popular then “comrade,” even within Communist Party of China (CPC) organizations.
The firm’s rule follows similar moves in east China’s Jiangxi province, where CPC members in May were told not to call their superiors “boss” or “head.”