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Wayfair CEO tells his employees to embrace working longer hours

The CEO of e-commerce company Wayfair says his nearly 17,000 employees need to work harder and think of the money they spend as their own.

The email reported by several business publications has sparked backlash on social media.

Niraj Shah wrote “Working long hours, being responsive, blending work and life, is not anything to shy away from,” he wrote, reported Business Insider. “There is not a lot of history of laziness being rewarded with success.”

Part of working longer hours is working overtime. Niraj says that anyone who believes he thinks otherwise is wrong.

“The one I would reference here that I heard was ‘Niraj said that he does not think that we should work late’. I would suggest that this is laughably false,” the CEO wrote. “Hard work is essential for success, and a key part of getting things done. Everyone deserves to have a great personal life — everyone manages that in their own way — ambitious people find ways to blend and balance the two.”

Shah is an Indian American businessman and co-founder of Wayfare. He’s been with the company since its founding in 2002 and has been Wayfare’s only CEO. Together with his wife, Jill, he launched the Shah Family Foundation.

The couple has two children and lives in the Boston area.

The email from Shah has been ridiculed by some.

What do you think of what Shah said? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Yeah typical CEO rhetoric, while enjoying working the least hours of anyo e there, I’ll bet. Just wanna know how many hours HE is working to show for his substantal wealth just handed to him because of his position.

  2. Typical. Long work hours are not good for a person’s mental or physical health. Eight hours per day dedicated to a vocation is enough. Forty hours per week is MORE than enough time allocated to a vocation. Perhaps the CEO should roll up his sleeves and chip in with the work rather than bully his workers. What a lazy WUSS!!!!! Any time an employer mentions the word CAREER— run for your life. It’s their way of saying, “I want to work you to death and not pay you for it.”


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