Working More Than 40 Hours A Week? Here’s What It Does To Your Brain And Body


Elon Musk, the world’s richest man and new CEO of Twitterheadlines made this week as Twitter managers told some employees to work 12-hour shifts for seven days a week in a sprint to meet Musk‘s new November goals for the company, according to internal communications reviewed by CNBC,

Musk has long been a proponent of working long hours. In 2018, when someone asked him how many hours of work a week it takes to change the world, Musk replied on Twitter that it “varies per person, but about 80 sustainedpeaking above 100 at times.”

He’s not the only CEO who believes long hours are necessary to get good work done: one Harvard study following 27 CEOs found they worked an average of 62.5 hours a week.

Unfortunately, lots of non-CEOs are working long hours, too. One Gallup poll found that half of all full-time US workers say they typically work more than 40 hours per week, and 18% said they were working more than 60 hours a week.

Last year, junior analysts at Goldman Sachs surveyed themselves about their hours and working conditions, finding they worked 95-hour weeks. As one anonymous junior banker put it in the survey, “There was a point where I was not eating, showering or doing anything else other than working from morning until after midnight.”

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