Event: Is 70-hour workweek about work ethos, or just productivity?

  • When: Monday, 06th November | 4:00 - 4:45 PM IST
  • Who should attend: HR Heads, Senior HR Professionals and Managers


India's productivity in the workforce has landed it near the bottom of the global rankings, a concerning reality pointed out by NR Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys. In a recent conversation on the The Record podcast with former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai, Murthy suggested a rather unconventional remedy: for the youth of India to go the extra mile by putting in a whopping 70-hour workweek. 

Many Indian professionals are already pushing themselves to the limit with 70-hour workweeks. But Murthy's proposition ignited a blazing inferno of debate across social media. Bhavish Aggarwal, the co-founder of Ola Cabs, lent his support to Murthy's concept, while Ashneer Grover offered a dissenting perspective. 

At its core, the question that remains: Does the 70-hour workweek reflect a strong work ethic, or is it solely a matter of productivity?
Join the upcoming
People Matters Big Questions session, where we will engage in a thoughtful discussion on Murthy's 70-Hour Workweek Proposal.

  • What were your initial thoughts upon hearing Narayana Murthy's suggestion for the youth of India to work a 70-hour workweek?\
  • How can leadership practices adapt to accommodate the changing expectations and demands of the younger workforce, especially in light of Mr. Murthy's suggestion?
  • From your HR and leadership expertise, could you share your insights on the potential drawbacks of evaluating work primarily based on hours worked, especially in the context of employee satisfaction and performance?  And, what are some alternative methods for assessing work and employee performance? 
  • Do you believe that employees should have the freedom to choose to work longer hours if they desire, or should there be limits in place to ensure work-life balance?
  • Netizens are saying that if Indian firms had a practice of compensating for extra work hours, this comment would never have been made. What are your thoughts on this?

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