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JD.com boss criticizes ‘slackers,’ Alibaba founder defends overtime
    2019-04-15  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

RICHARD LIU, the founder of e-commerce giant JD.com Inc., has weighed in on an ongoing debate about the Chinese tech industry’s overtime work culture, lamenting that years of growth had increased the number of “slackers” in his firm who are not his “brothers.”

Liu’s comments, which Chinese media said were posted on his personal WeChat feed Friday, are the latest contribution to a growing discussion about work-life balance in the tech industry as the sector slows after years of breakneck growth.

They also come amid reports last week that the company is in the throes of widespread layoffs.

A JD.com spokesman confirmed the authenticity of Liu’s note. He declined to comment on layoffs but said some adjustments were happening as a normal part of business.

“JD.com is a competitive workplace that rewards initiative and hard work, which is consistent with our entrepreneurial roots,” the spokesman said. “We’re getting back to those roots as we seek, develop and reward staff who share the same hunger and values.”

Liu, who started the company that would become JD.com in 1998, in the note spoke about how in the firm’s earliest days he would set his alarm clock to wake him up every two hours to ensure he could offer his customers 24-hour service — a step he said was crucial to JD’s success.

Other Chinese tech giants have lowered growth forecasts and cut staff bonuses amid the slowdown, which has driven calls for better work conditions for its workers.

The “996” work schedule, which refers to a 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. workday, six days a week, has in particular become the target of online debate.

Alibaba Group founder and billionaire Jack Ma also weighed in Friday, telling the company’s employees in a speech that the opportunity to work such hours was a “blessing.”(SD-Agencies)

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