Are you in favor of an 80-hour work week if you are paid overtime?

November 30, 2018 12:54 pm

An 80-hour work week is double what a normal person puts in at his/her job.

While not all 40-hour work weeks are productive, most employees are usually ‘Thanking God It’s Friday’ (TGIF), by the time the countdown to the last 8 hours begins.

It’s almost unthinkable that ELON MUSK is advocating 80-100 work weeks, and many of his Tesla employees are agreeing to that, perhaps because they are paid extra to do just that, or to save the company from going under.

More vacations yes, but more work hours?

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What is Musk saying?

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 ELON MUSK is a fan of 80-hour weeks

A person needs to work 80-100 hours per week to “change the world,” Elon Musk tweeted this week, as reported by LinkedIn.

The billionaire and entrepreneur did caution that the pain tied to working those long hours “increases exponentially.”

Musk, who serves as CEO for four companies, has said he worked 120 hours per week, but he himself dozes off at work, according to news reports.

Musk stated his employees at Tesla worked 100 hours per week at times when increasing production of the company’s Model 3 sedan, which would not exist today if not for working these extra hours.

He suggested the long hours was necessary for Tesla to survive. “There wasn’t some other way to do this,” he said.

“There are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week,” he said in a tweet, after saying SpaceX, Tesla, Boring Company and Neuralink are the places to be if “getting things done matters to you.”

Carolyn Sanders, J.D., MBA, Sr. Business Consultant, said to be a healthy human, you are to get at least 8 hours of sleep each night. “This leaves you with 16 hours in that day. Minus showering, getting dressed, eating all your meals in that day, driving, using the restroom, taking a few breaks, …so, let’s just say that is approximately 13 hours of work each day. That’s 91 hours each week. So, how does one work 100 or more hours a week without REALLY sacrificing their soul??? No Elon…. Unless you find a way to add time to my life.”

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What do the experts say?

Conservative estimates say that 19% of adults put in 48 hours or more a week and 7% log in 60 or more, according to Health Day.

“In addition to a variety of medical issues and unhealthy lifestyle choices associated with long hours, a British study used cognitive tests to show that working 55 hours a week was associated with lower scores in vocabulary and reasoning, and can lead to cognitive problems as you get older, says Health Day.

“Adding insult to injury, research done at Stanford University found that, besides the personal toll that overtime takes, you probably aren’t working effectively. Productivity starts to fall considerably after the 50th work hour of the week and gets worse with every additional hour. So, if you put in 70 hours a week, you’re not likely to accomplish anything worthwhile during those last 15.”

In fact, a 2017 City University of New York (CUNY) review of relevant data sets approvingly cited a 2005 study finding that a 60-hour workweek resulted in a 23% increase in workplace hazard rate.

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Hadi Khatib
By Hadi Khatib
Hadi Khatib is a business editor with more than 15 years' experience delivering news and copy of relevance to a wide range of audiences. If newsworthy and actionable, you will find this editor interested in hearing about your sector developments and writing about it.