BankingBanking & FinanceBusinessBusiness & EconomyBusiness Line boss Sanjeev Bikhchandani helps Narayana Murthy’s 70-hour work week idea

Ever since Infosys founder Narayana Murthy spoke about ’70-hour work week’, a debate has started in India with for and in opposition to camps being equally vocal with their opinions and reasoning. The controversy has now viewed the entry of 1 in all India Inc’s top names. Sanjeev Bikhchandani, the chairman of, a well-known job-search platform in India, has weighed in favour of Murthy. Bikhchandani emphasised that in India, you need to well presumably deserve to put in the hours at the same time as you happen to pray to beget to prevail.

“That you would possibly also’t push off at 5 pm and thunder ‘ab ho gaya’ [now I am done]. That you would possibly also’t thunder ‘Saturday, Sunday valuable kaam nahi karta’ [I don’t work on weekends]. Apko karna padega [you will have to], at the same time as you happen to pray to beget to prevail,” Mr Bikhchandani said as he spoke on the Indian Silicon Valley Podcast.

He wired that an entrepreneur completely has to put in that extra effort in the preliminary years when he or she is building their startup.

“Ek kamyab entrepreneur dikha slay [show me one successful entrepreneur] who in the first 5-10 years did now not beget this work ethic and succeeded. It does now not happen. So, no one is asserting work 70 hours by the clock, but you need to well presumably deserve to,” he said.

‘Work-existence integration’

Bikhchandani said that it is very tricky in the preliminary years to dwell work-existence steadiness. He opined that in preliminary years, one can beget to composed look for at what he called ‘work-existence integration’.

“Must you look for at any entrepreneur in India truthful now who has succeeded, save a query to ‘tune kitni mehnat ki’ [how hard have you worked?]. He’ll thunder ‘maine bahot mehnat ki’ [I have worked very hard’]. Because to attain something work in India you receive to put in the hours. The true fact is at the same time as you happen to could well also very effectively be doing a startup, there could be now not any work-existence steadiness. There could be totally work-existence integration. You dwell for your work for the first few years,” said Bikhchandani.

“70 hours per week is never any longer faith. I judge the theory that became once to be willing to work as no longer easy as required and that can even very effectively be famous extra troublesome than you need to well presumably also very effectively be working truthful now. Aapko mehnat karni padegi [you will have to work hard]. Optimistically, you can no longer mind doing it, since you wish to beget to make that startup. This is never any longer a lecture, here is actuality,” he added.

Narayana Murthy said about a months ago that he feeble to work for 85-90 hours per week unless he retired. He opined that consultants can beget to composed look for at working on the least 70 hours per week.

He later clarified that the utter sequence of hours became once no longer the point of interest of his statement but a push in opposition to working no longer easy and being productive became once.

(With inputs from agencies)

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