NR Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys, recently sparked a debate with his comment about a 70-hour work week. His statement was made during a podcast hosted by former Infosys CFO Mohandas Pai. In response, Pai shared data indicating that the average weekly working hours for urban men aged 15 to 59 in India is 61.6 hours, based on the Time Use Survey conducted in 2019. He clarified that Murthy’s advice was specifically intended for young people, emphasizing the importance of hard work for achieving prosperity.
Murthy highlighted the need for India to improve its work productivity, citing it as one of the lowest in the world. He also emphasized the necessity of reducing government corruption and bureaucratic delays in decision-making processes. Murthy referenced the examples of post-World War II Germany and Japan, where increased work hours played a crucial role in their economic progress.
The discussion has raised important points regarding the balance between work hours, productivity, and the overall well-being of employees, particularly within the Indian workforce.
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