The Japanese animation "Zombie 100 ~ 100 Things to Do Before Becoming a Zombie" seems to be a witty and interesting zombie apocalyptic film, but the content talks about many workplace situations and social microcosms. In the face of a toxic workplace environment, turning into a zombie may be more painful?

What comes to mind first when encountering a zombie attack?

The Japanese anime "Zombie 100 ~ 100 Things to Do Before Becoming a Zombie" tells about the life of Japanese social animals, and the protagonist Tendo is a social freshman full of ideals and ambitions, but gradually loses his enthusiasm under the pressure of the sweatshop company and becomes a social animal who has no dreams and only works for the company. Until one day, Japan fell into a corpse crisis, and Hui found the meaning of life in the process of fleeing.


"This door is really in the way, if it weren't for it, I wouldn't have to go to work tomorrow."

Hui, who works at an advertising production company, has been working overtime since the first day of registration, and after the welcome dinner, the seniors have changed from the original peace to the walking dead like zombies, and while taking out the company identification card, he said: "Go back to the company." Hui walked out of the company again, three days later.

Long-term overtime, emotional violence by supervisors, malicious difficulties with cooperative customers, colleagues compete with overtime hours, and ridicule company vacation benefits like a fake.

After three years in such a toxic workplace, Hui's expectations for work have long worn out, and he commutes every day looking at the platform gates, thinking, "Jump off, you won't have to go to work, right?"

"For so long, I forgot that the world is full of colors."

The mental state has reached the limit, but there is a zombie crisis in Japan, when Fai is evading the zombie chase, the original black and white background gradually turns colorful, just like Hui's state of mind: "I don't have to go to work, my life is colorful."

Like many rookies and college newcomers who have just entered the workplace, they are full of ambitions for the future and look forward to embellishing the next stage of life with rich workplace experience, but only to find out after a week of work: entering the wrong workplace, life is black and white.

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The workplace is toxic, why not leave?

You may think, life is black and white, why not leave? Why do you know that the company's environment, system, and culture are not good, but you are still willing to invest most of your youth and be squeezed for nothing?

According to reports, due to the impact of the declining birthrate, Japan is facing a serious shortage of workers, which is derived from the current situation in the workplace, such as "the company's reluctance to release people" and "the difficulty of departing employees".

Many small and medium-sized companies will retain employees for several months on the grounds of "waiting for me to find a new person" and "leaving a little handover period". Employees are more likely to encounter emotional blackmail within the company before leaving, making "leaving" more difficult, and the "agent resignation" service was born.

(Screening: "You must stay X years before you can leave!") How do you deal with the stereotypes and fears of leaving?

In addition to the big environmental impact, employees do not seek better jobs, perhaps because they do not know that there are better choices, or because they are influenced by mainstream values and do not know what they want.

When "overtime is not paid", "business trip counts as personal leave", and "supervisor can only leave after work" become the norm, employees will only blame the responsibility for overtime on their personal inability, or use the phrase "Isn't the work like this?" to comfort yourself. Gradually, work is just for food and clothing, and loses its meaning and value.


Get out of the toxic environment and remember to live for yourself

After successfully dodging the zombies, Hui has only one person in mind - the mistress of the company boss and the only driving force for Hui's life, Feng Shawei. the dream lover who gave care at work, but could not confess his heart to him; The pillar of the heart that illuminates the shimmer for his black and white life.

Until he encountered a zombie attack, Hui plucked up the courage to confess his heart to Miss Feng, who had turned into a zombie; To the boss who took away the color of his life, shout out what he couldn't say in the past three years: "Boss, I want to leave!" After meeting leisure, I seriously thought about how to live in the future, and listed 100 things that I must accomplish before becoming a zombie.

The tiny daily routines of "buying a motorcycle" and "talking to friends about the morning" will not have a chance until the end of the world. Just like people call "social animals", they dedicate themselves to the company and work hard, but they never know why they work hard and live for what, until they leave the toxic workplace and have the opportunity to live their lives.

(Same screening: From struggle culture to diversity and inclusion? Gen Z has more options than "quiet departure")


There are no life aspirations, only borrowed dreams

"My ambition is just what others want to do, it's just a borrowed dream."

After completing the 100 things to do before becoming a zombie, Hui talked to his companions about "dreams". Ah Xian, who dreamed of becoming a funny artist, finally chose to enter the large company system and wrapped his emotional work with lies for performance; Hui chose to enter the production company for the sake of a seemingly "glamorous" life, but let himself go into the hell of blood and sweat.

The first challenge encountered by newcomers in the workplace is often the choice between reality and dreams, and in the era of information explosion, this "choice" has become more difficult.

(Same scene plus screening: Dreams are disillusioned when they grow up?) "I Can Fly": Learn to change your mind, you can soar in the right world)

With the mindset of editors as eighth-graders, we face relatively many career choices than in the past, but we are still influenced by the values of the previous generation, and often end up with the question "Does this job have a future?" Thinking, but ignoring one thing - can't there be dreams in the future?

U.S. human resources companies conducted a survey of generational differences in the workplace and found that Gen Z employees have a different way of thinking than previous generations, and care more about job value and social contribution than salary. It can also be said that for Generation Z employees, work is not only for basic life, but also for creating self-worth.

Just as Hui said, "It's just a borrowed dream", you can't find value in your work, and in the end you just do a "good job" in the eyes of others, day after day, you can't even find the meaning of life, it's better to become a zombie.

Before becoming a zombie, don't forget that you deserve better

The Zombie 100 anime is currently in its fourth episode, and there are still many mysteries unsolved. Why do people turn into zombies? And why was the protagonist group spared?

Maybe it's because work has already turned the protagonist into the walking dead, or maybe there's still a little bit of humanity and hope in their hearts.

Whatever the ending, Zombie 100 is a great reminder – instead of going with the flow and becoming a soulless shell, it's better to be eaten by zombies.

(Same screening: Google Taiwanese senior Lu Yaqiao Vanessa career story: Not enough DEI, I'll do it myself!) Workplace abuse can also heal and recharge)

Maybe you are also in a toxic workplace and can't escape, or you are confused on the road of life, do not know where to go next, face the fork in the road and various choices in life, never forget that you definitely deserve the best.

There are many articles on the women's fan station about the diverse workplace, workplace DEI diversity and inclusion, these contents are not only for enterprises and human resources, but also to let us know as the main body of labor that a better workplace environment has always existed, but you need to dig hard.

Do you like your current job? Live for yourself before becoming a zombie!