Narayana Murthy’s 70-Hour Work Week Remark Triggers Netizens

Sparks debate on measuring productivity through hours clocked versus output

Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy’s recent remark urging youngsters to work 70 hours a week for nation-building has triggered an intense debate among netizens. It also starkly highlighted the difference in expectations between India’s young workforce and the head honchos of corporate India. While some business leaders endorsed Narayana Murthy’s views, several social media users criticised his views, raising concerns about low remuneration and the lack of work-life balance.

In a podcast conversation with former Infosys HR director and board member TV Mohandas Pai, who is Chairman of Aarin Capital Partners, Murthy pointed out that India’s work productivity is one of the lowest in the world. He added that India must improve its work productivity, and the youth must shoulder the responsibility for the nation’s progress. “Therefore, my request is that our youngsters must say, This is my country; I’d like to work 70 hours a week,” he stated.

Source: The Hindu Businessline

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