February 1, 2023

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TikTok executive to ‘step back’ following FT probe into aggressive work culture

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The TikTok executive at the centre of a culture clash with employees at the company’s UK operation has been replaced in his role after making comments that he “didn’t believe” in maternity leave.

Joshua Ma, a senior executive at China’s ByteDance — owner of the viral video app — will “take some time off” and “step back” from his role leading the UK ecommerce team, according to an email seen by the FT and sent on Wednesday.

The move follows an FT investigation which revealed Ma’s comments at a dinner with employees of TikTok’s London ecommerce team.

In the email to staff, TikTok said it was continuing an investigation into the allegations.

“As you may be aware, the Financial Times today published an article that had some disheartening allegations about our TikTok Shop Operations in the UK,” said the email to staff under the subject heading “Maintaining a positive working culture”.

“Hopefully, this painful experience will make us a stronger, closer and better team over the long term,” the email said.

The FT article, which was based on testimony from 10 current and former employees, revealed how the launch of TikTok’s livestream shopping feature in the UK had triggered a staff exodus from the London ecommerce team. Some staff complained of an aggressive company culture, with unrealistic targets and expectations that run counter to British working practices.

Staff said they were expected to frequently work more than 12 hours a day, starting early to accommodate calls with China and ending late as livestreams were more successful in the evening, with overtime celebrated in internal communications. Some members of the ecommerce team were removed from client accounts after going on annual leave.

“The wellbeing of our team is our top priority . . . [and] leadership 100% supports the use of annual leave to fully recharge and spend time with friends and family,” the email to staff said. TikTok said it was investing…

2022-06-08 10:03:41

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