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

Karen Gilchrist

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 700-HK account. The e-commerce entrepreneur was weighing in on a growing debate around work-life balance that has emerged among China tech employees in recent weeks.