The 888 vs 996 debate

Labour rights activist Robert Owen coined the famous phrase — 888 (eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest). That is one extreme. Alibaba founder Jack Ma went to the other extreme just a few days back. Ma has stirred up a huge controversy after saying that young people should see overtime work cultures (“996” schedule) as a huge blessing. The 996 schedule refers to working 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week. “Unfortunately, many companies and many people don’t have the opportunity to work 996,” Ma said. However, very few, it seems, woul.....

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