The issue has fueled an online debate and protests on some coding platforms, where workers have swapped examples of excessive overtime demands at some companies.
Ma, a former English teacher who co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has become one of China’s richest people, said he and early employees regularly worked long hours.
“In this world, everyone wants success, wants a nice life, wants to be respected,” Ma said.
“Let me ask everyone, if you don’t put out more time and energy than others, how can you achieve the success you want?”
This month activists on Microsoft’s GitHub, the online code repository site, launched a project titled “996.ICU”
On Thursday, an opinion piece published in a state newspaper argued that 996 violated China’s Labour Law, which stipulates that average work hours cannot exceed 40 hours a week.
“Creating a corporate culture of ‘encouraged overtime’ will not only not help a business’ core competitiveness, it might inhibit and damage a company’s ability to innovate,” the unnamed author wrote in the People’s Daily.
Kumar - Toronto - 9 hours ago -Follow
With his Chinese background, he cannot appreciate the value of a happy family which cannot be built just by working overtime and earning some extra money. Happy families are built when all the family members spend time together and help each other, even if they don't have much money. Overtime and working "996" may produce more income, but rob the earner of his personal, physical, mental, emotional and professional wellbeing. Also, there will be a greater risk of a serious breakdown of marital
Ravie - Chandigarh - 13 hours ago -Follow
if we are serious on unemployment scenario, this overtime culture is bad as this is killing job opportunities of job seekers.
pappu singh - Location - 13 hours ago -Follow
overtime is bad for health... none of the developed countries work overtime these days.. infact netherland has 29 weekly work hours and is way ahead india or china... they believe if you are working overtime then you don''t know your job... that explains why modi works overtime
OurValueSystemMustChange - c - 5 hours ago
In India, employees have 52Sundays, 26 Saturdays, 30 days PL, 12 days CL, 10 days Govt holidays, 2 days OH, 30 days sick leave, 5 days french leave, 5 days union strike. That leaves 196 days. However, though office hours are from 10:00to 17:30, morning 30 minutes coffee break, 1 hour lunch break and another 30 minutes tea break and roughly 1 hour shopping outing reduces the working hours to a mere 3 hours a day. So our govt employees, PSBs work hardly 570 hours a year or a mere 11 hours a week. In private sector, i have been working 70 hours a week. Otherwise, i will get kicked out. HIGH TIME, INDIA BANS UNIONS. EVICTS ALL COMMUNISTS, DISPENSES WITH PERMANENCE, LINK SALARY TO PERFORMANCE . BRING IN PINK SLIP CULTURE.
在印度，员工有52天周日，26天周六，42天事假, 10天公共假期，2天OH, 30天病假，5天擅离职守，5天工会罢工。上班时间只剩下196天。然而，尽管上班时间是从上午10点到17点30分，早上有30分钟的咖啡时间，1小时的午餐时间和另外30分钟的茶歇时间，以及大约1小时的购物时间，这样每天实际工作时只有3小时。我们的政府雇员一年只工作570个小时，一周只工作11个小时。在私营部门，我每周工作70个小时，否则我就会被开除。印度早该取缔工会了，将工资与绩效挂钩，引入解雇通知书文化。
Jeetu - Pune - 14 hours ago -Follow
In Corporates one has to remember that, Middle and Lower managent have to slog so that company profits grow, which enable the top management to carry home hefty pays and bonuses.
Chander - 1 hour ago -Follow
Of course the employer will try to squeeze the employee. But they should realise that such long hours of work degrade the employees output and taking away an employees personal life will make him shift to another company with better employer.
Shivakant - 2 hours ago -Follow
we are already doing 12 hrs to 16 hrs a day in vfx/animation and IT sector. Shining India, Growing India, this India that india slogans by politicians but our labour department, is just sleeping in the cave. No one out there to check how many hours their citizen are working for these foreign companies.
Souvik Ghosh - Kolkata - 4 hours ago -Follow
True. Most of the young people all around are just sitting idle. Terrible to see.
Jamshed Bijly - 13 hours ago
The best CEO of the world, better than chaukidaar chor hai ..
Chowkidar - 43 mins ago -Follow
Huawei and ZTE Chinese companies in which there is no work life balance at all. Really poor management a d employees asked to work as labours full week. Really shameful to work in Chinese companies.
Wkr - 2 hours ago -Follow
Chinese are hypocrisy
Indian - 2 hours ago -Follow
It is China and nothing can be said about them. However if we define from spiritual aspects. Yog is not for those who over work or under work. Balance is necessary. But today's world is fast world. Big companies want quick money as they are unsure if future exist for them or not
Sundaram KS - Kuwait - 2 hours ago -Follow
So when can the Employees enjoy the fruits of their labor? No night life, just go home and sleep
Sid - Others - 3 hours ago -Follow
for people over 45 years of age, it's good to make it 854. or make it voluntary to opt for different number of days to work in a week with reduced pay. these options should be considered to increase employment of younger people without kicking out older people
RCH - 4 hours ago -Follow
I would say 855 is the most balanced.. otherwise it is like drinking blood of Ur workers.
Godfather Senior - Mumbai - 14 hours ago -Follow
As long it is not under compulsion and undue, anyone willing to work overtime, it is for all !