Wayfair’s CEO has an end-of-year message for employees of the online furniture company: Don’t shy away from doing more work and blending your work with your life.

“Winning requires hard work. I believe that most of us, being ambitious individuals, find fulfillment in the joy of seeing our efforts materialize into tangible results,” CEO Niraj Shah said in a note to employees earlier this month celebrating the company’s recent success, and which a company spokesperson confirmed to CNN. “Working long hours, being responsive, blending work and life, is not anything to shy away from. There is not a lot of history of laziness being rewarded with success.”

    • Flying Squid
      link
      246 months ago

      We got a fajita truck last year! And I don’t like peppers or smoked pulled pork (I also keep my meat consumption to a minimum), so I didn’t even eat any. And when I told my bosses this, they basically just said “that’s too bad” and went on with their day. Gotta love being a valued employee. Especially when literally every order that is placed goes through you.

    • @cybervseas
      link
      English
      136 months ago

      Potatoes

      Let us never forget this one

    • @[email protected]
      link
      fedilink
      76 months ago

      Most just get shit on and the reward is more work.

      My day job is boring policy and process. It ends at a fixed time and I get to eat on the daily.

      My side gig is dynamic, challenging as fuck, rewarding in spades, absolutely not guaranteed as I’ve been in danger of the work drying up and the contract ending for 22 years.

      The reward to good work is more work, but make sure you can eat and sleep and live.

    • @pivot_root
      link
      186 months ago

      It does come with increased compensation. Specifically, for the C-suite executives who get a nice bonus for all their hard work in making the company more profitable. Demanding other people work harder is hard work, after all /s

  • @assassin_aragorn
    link
    436 months ago
    1. The whole point of engineering is to make our lives lazier, you fucking kumquat. Working harder has rarely been rewarded over working smarter except by room temperature IQ CEOs.

    2. Did they say this in between golfing? Or while traveling on a private jet? They see all of that as proper work and business. If playing golf is actually doing business then pay me overtime for doing the back 9 in my free time.

  • FlavoredButtHair
    link
    English
    366 months ago

    Ok… So not shopping at Wayfair. I never really did, but not going to now.

    • Tarquinn2049
      link
      7
      edit-2
      6 months ago

      Wayfair is just a consolidated virtual storefront for thousands of small companies that wouldn’t have been able to afford an online presence on their own. It’s a cool concept, there is a reason they seemed to come from nowhere and properly compete with established services. But it also means product quality and level of customer service are gonna be all over the place, though averaging out to be quite poor on both fronts.

      My parents have been burned so many times with ordering from wayfair. Mostly by stuff arriving broken from not being packed properly for shipping, but also alot of deceptive marketing. The wayfair virtual storefront doesn’t seem to do a very good job of policing their back-end clients.

      • @[email protected]
        link
        fedilink
        English
        16 months ago

        Yeah, I’ve found nicer stuff there at affordable prices vs most furniture stores and it’s better than going round Amazon. There’s always 5 stores with identical photos selling what looks like the same thing and reviews are high for one and low for others so it’s kind of hard to know what you’re buying. Finding stuff takes a fair amount of work but most of what I’ve gotten is good.

        But every now and then the box arrives and a corner is ripped off so random parts have fallen out in transit and others are scratched. Wayfair is generally good about resolving issues like that but it’s a pain to deal with.

    • @GlitzyArmrest
      link
      English
      46 months ago

      Ikea is better and sometimes cheaper anyway.

  • PugJesus
    link
    fedilink
    216 months ago

    There is not a lot of history of laziness being rewarded with success.

    I feel like that’s very much not true. Laziness is the mother of invention, after all.

      • PugJesus
        link
        fedilink
        16 months ago

        Yet they contribute little invention to human society. Curious beasts.

  • @[email protected]
    link
    fedilink
    English
    206 months ago

    The low level workers work harder but don’t get the rewards for their hard work. Those rewards go to the upper levels of the company. Of course the CEO wants employees to work more. He will benefit more than they will.

  • @AgentGrimstone
    link
    176 months ago

    Cool. You gonna pay for those longer hours tho? Didn’t think so.

  • @[email protected]
    link
    fedilink
    126 months ago

    His net worth went from 1.6 billion dollars to $600 million, which is why he wants other people to work harder. 😒

    • @iAvicenna
      link
      4
      edit-2
      6 months ago

      And the satisfaction of knowing that your boss profits more and gets to keep his well deserved yacht!

  • lobotomo
    link
    116 months ago

    My wife left wayfair and got a job at the exact same level at three times the salary. Perhaps he should better compensate his employees.

  • @Aceticon
    link
    10
    edit-2
    6 months ago

    Working hard is the very opposite of Efficiency - the object is to produce more in less time, not spent more time to achieve just the baseline results.

    In my experience, the places were you have to “work hard” (invariably without extra pay for it) are the ones where either middle management is shit and you’re working extra to make up for day-to-day their incompetence and/or high level management is shit (and their profitability “strategy” is to the short-term of reducing costs by cutting manpower well below what is appropriate for the operation, rather than process improvement, capital and training investmentment to improve efficiency) and you’re working extra to make up for their incompetence.

    Either way, it’s the worst paid people sacrificing themselves to make up for the incompetence of better paid ones.

    Anybody with in demand skills in such a company should GTFO as you really can’t correct structural problems due to incompetence of the higher-ups and arent paid to make them your problem.

  • @pageflight
    link
    English
    96 months ago

    There is not a lot of history of laziness unionizing being rewarded with success.

    FTFY