Jack Ma is wrong: 12-hour days are no 'blessing'

Alibaba founder Jack Ma said in a controversial blog post that a tough overtime schedule is more rewarding for employees.
Alibaba founder Jack Ma said in a controversial blog post that a tough overtime schedule is more rewarding for employees.

Mr Jack Ma, the richest man in China and founder of e-commerce company Alibaba, is a big fan of extreme overwork.

He recently praised China's "996" practice, which refers to those who put in 12-hour days - 9am to 9pm - six days a week. This is not a problem, he said in a recent blog post, but a blessing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2019, with the headline 'Jack Ma is wrong: 12-hour days are no 'blessing''. Subscribe