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Company profits are independent of employee`s overtime

This was stated by the owner of Alibaba Jack Ma, adding that the processing of workers condemn the company to failure

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Alibaba Group founder and billionaire Jack Ma again weighed in on the Chinese tech industry’s gruelling overtime work culture on Sunday, this time calling enforced long hours "unsustainable". Ma’s comment followed his remarks on Thursday that working overtime could be a "huge blessing" for young workers who found careers they were dedicated to. This article appeared in the South China Morning Post.

He was responding to a debate that has emerged in recent weeks among Chinese tech workers over the 996 schedule, which means working 9am to 9pm, six days a week. Industry workers set up a discussion group called "996.ICU" on the code-sharing platform GitHub, suggesting that anyone working those hours all the time could end up in a hospital intensive care unit with burnout.

"If you find a job you like, the 996 problem does not exist; if you’re not passionate about it, every minute of going to work is a torment," Ma said in a post on his Weibo account on Sunday.

Ma added that companies that thought they could profit by forcing staff to work overtime were "foolish" and doomed to fail. But in a speech to Alibaba staff on Thursday, Ma said the company expected people to be ready to work 12 hours a day since it had huge commitments to its clients.

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