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Post time 2019-4-15 11:28:44 |Display all floors
(Mirror) China's richest man Jack Ma has said young staff members should see 72 hour working weeks as a 'blessing'.

The '996' work schedule , which refers to a 9am to 9pm workday, six days a week, has become the target of
online debate and protests on some coding platforms, where workers have swapped examples of excessive overtime demands at some firms.

Jack Ma, Alibaba Group founder told the company's employees in a speech that the opportunity to work such hours was a "blessing" because other companies didn't get the chance to do so.

The billionaire said he and co-workers regularly worked long hours and said everyone strives for success, a better life and to be respected.

According to an Alibaba chat platform , he said: "I personally think that being able to work 996 is a huge blessing.

"If you don't work 996 when you are young, when can you ever work 996?"

He added: "In this world, every one of us wants to succeed, we all want a better life, and we all want to be respected. I ask everyone, you don’t have to work hard and time beyond others, how can you achieve the success you want?"

Ma said there are many people who work even longer hours. He said he thinks it's a blessing to work so much because there are people who don't have a job, or whose companies are at risk of closing.

Ma said he has never regretted working such long hours and feels he is very lucky.

He said his work life has been his own choice and he has no complaints about it.

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Post time 2019-4-15 11:30:49 |Display all floors
With the discussion of overwork moving beyond the programming community, China's tech tycoons soon joined the debate, trying to defend the culture of hard work.

Richard Liu, founder of China's e-commerce giant JD.com, said the "slackers" in his firm are not his "brothers" and he personally can work 8116, which means 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., six days a week, according to his comments posted on his personal WeChat feed on Friday.

JD will "never force" employees to work 995 or 996, but every employee must have the "spirit of fighting for work," he said in the comments.

"No company should and can force employees to work on 996 schedule…but the young people should be aware that happiness comes from hard work," Ma said in a Weibo post on Friday after the Thursday speech, eliciting about 35,000 comments by press time, most of which are critical.

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Post time 2019-4-15 13:10:51 |Display all floors
This post was edited by pnp at 2019-4-15 13:11

Work smart, not work long hours; that's not smart!

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Post time 2019-4-15 14:08:32 |Display all floors
pnp Post time: 2019-4-15 13:10
Work smart, not work long hours; that's not smart!

Exactly. Some people think that working overtime means you’re a hard worker.  Actually, you have to sacrifice your personal time to stay at work, produce something, help the company, and be a more dedicated employee. But is that right?  Working too many hours only means you are inefficient.  This means that it takes you longer to produce something than someone else. A good manager knows how to encourage his employees to work to its full potential instead of expect them working late, even if they didn't have something to do. People who hang on in their office until late are starting to resent their jobs, and it affects their performance, as well as other aspects of their life.

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Post time 2019-4-15 14:12:52 |Display all floors
ceciliazhang Post time: 2019-4-15 14:08
Exactly. Some people think that working overtime means you’re a hard worker.  Actually, you have  ...

That's why I completely disgaree with Jack Ma!

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Post time 2019-4-15 18:14:14 |Display all floors
Any company that makes their enployees work those hrs is not being managed well.........that fault lies with management who should take a good look at themselves
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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