I think Ma Yun and Liu Qiangdong are talking about their true feelings. Every entrepreneur must have fought harder or even struggled than 996. The company will die for nine years, and some of them will fight for their lives. They believe in such extreme struggle, and their career success strengthens their outlook on life. Moreover, objectively speaking, Chinas society moving forward needs some people like them, as well as the spirit of daring to fight and bet their bodies.
However, 996 can not become a universal call in the workplace, and even within the company, especially within mature large companies, should not become the value orientation of management to vigorously promote. If the competitiveness of a large company is based on the general 996 working system of employees, it should not be, contrary to the basic spirit of the Labor Law. Of course, some backbone in a special period and faced with special tasks to form a high-intensity overtime is appropriate, probably necessary, but this requirement can not be oriented to the entire team, it can not be the main source of market vitality of the company.
Company leaders and executives can work as hard as they can because they have real options and they can work overtime out of interest and a strong sense of career. But employees are in different positions, and the company should not require them to give the same loyalty and dedication to the company and the person in charge, because they are closely linked to the companys interests and get different pay from the person in charge and the executive. If the company asks them to do that, I think its neither fair nor practical.
I personally believe that the criticism of 1996 in the public opinion field has its positive significance, which is also the new understanding and pursuit of a better life for people whose GDP per capita has reached about 10,000 US dollars. In fact, Chinas high-quality development includes the improvement of work efficiency, with a more civilized and humane labor schedule. I believe that many large companies will face the real pressure of elite employees to reduce their willingness to work overtime for a long time. The culture of the times, which relies solely on brothers to work hard together and support the companys spirit, has actually been shaken.
I think that China is in the transitional period of history when it will not be rich or strong. The whole country and some excellent groups in our society are still facing a lot of hard battles to fight. China is far from being able to compete with developed countries in terms of welfare, but creating better living conditions and quality for workers has become one of the important connotations of the countrys progress. At this time, attention to the phenomenon of 996 is absolutely a progress, but this discussion can not be absolute, on-line, it depends partly on the compulsory norms of the Labor Law, and partly on the market to regulate, especially when this problem is most prominent in Chinas excellent Internet enterprises.
Peoples awareness of the right to rest is constantly awakening. This pressure and the dual role of the Labor Law will bring about some changes. Which company can achieve a better balance between adapting to this trend and maintaining the companys spirit, and I believe its competitiveness will be more solid and sustainable.
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