Vanke to em­ploy­ees: stop call­ing me ‘boss’

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.”

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