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Alibaba founder Jack Ma says working overtime is a 'huge blessing'


Alibaba’s founder and billionaire Jack Ma has stirred up controversy after saying that young people should see major tech companies’ overtime work cultures as a “huge blessing.”

In a message to employees last week, Ma said that many workers lack the opportunity to put in extra hours at work, so those with the option should take full advantage of it.

“I personally think that being able to work 996 is a huge blessing,” Ma said Thursday in remarks posted on Alibaba’s WeChat account. The so-called “996″ schedule refers to working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.

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