Andrea Cleary: Don’t fall for the long con of 80 hours a week

Our bosses want us to work longer and longer shifts – and why wouldn’t they? Which makes it all the more important that we stand firm and resist

11th April, 2021
Andrea Cleary: Don’t fall for the long con of 80 hours a week
When we emerge from lockdown, will we return to the corporate pressures of workaholism?

“Nobody ever changed the world in 40 hours per week,” tweeted Elon Musk, one of the world’s most prominent billionaires, back in 2018.

What was the correct number of working hours to change the world, one responder wondered? “About 80 sustained, peaking above 100 at times,” Musk declared. “Pain level increases exponentially above 80.” Right.

Work culture has changed because working has changed. Gone are the days of grey cubicles and menial,...

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