While Ru Paul sang "You Work Better," the richest man in China uses this line of attack to make the most of his staff, who should work 72 hours a week.
Jack Ma, founder of the Alibaba online market, praised the company's brutal "996" calendar, which provides for employees to work in 12-hour shifts from 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week.
While many may fall for the idea of spending 72 hours out of 168 over a week at the workplace, Ma called the "996" a "big blessing" for the workers, the MailOnline reports.
He posted the shocking comments in the company's WeChat account:
I personally think that being able to work 996 is a huge blessing.
Many companies and many people do not have the opportunity to work 996. If you do not work 996 when you are young, when can you work 996?
The comments opened an online debate and protests against working conditions on some coding platforms, where some employees shared examples of excessive demands from employers.
Ma, a former English teacher, founded Alibaba in 1999 and took Monty Python's "Four Yorkshiremen" approach to explain how, when he was a boy, he regularly worked long hours.
In this world, everyone wants to succeed, wants a good life, wants to be respected.
Let me ask everyone, if you do not spend more time and energy than others, how can you achieve the success you want?
Compared to them, so far, I still feel lucky, I do not regret (12 hours of work a day), I would never change this part of me.
This month, activists launched a project called "996.ICU" on Microsoft's development platform, GitHub, in which technology workers ranked Alibaba among the companies with the most adverse working conditions.
An opinion piece written by an anonymous employee of Daily PeopleAccording to a state newspaper, "996" violates the Chinese Labor Code which stipulates that the average working time should not exceed 40 hours per week.
The article said:
Creating a corporate culture of "encouraging overtime" does not only help a company's core competitiveness, it can also hinder and hinder its ability to innovate.
And this does not even relate to the terrible effects these hours could have on the well-being of the human beings doing the work.
The Mental Health Foundation reports that mental health stress in the UK costs 10.4 million work days a year.
The way in which employees are expected to have some work-life balance in a 72-hour work week is a concern and a mystery.
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