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Some Twitter employees are working 80-hour weeks and sleeping at the office.
It’s in response to mass layoffs and CEO Elon Musk’s “extremely hardcore” vision for the company.
Some older workers have fond memories of sleeping at work, but younger Americans aren’t on board.

Just days after Elon Musk completed his acquisition of Twitter, the social-media company laid off half its workforce, and some of its remaining employees are working 84-hour weeks and sleeping at the office to pick up the slack.

Americans are divided on what to make of this, and a workplace-culture expert believes the schism reveals a generational divide.  

Elon Musk has tweeted that people need to work 80 to 100 hours a week to “change the world,” and he’s stayed true to this mantra as Twitter’s new CEO. But younger workers are unlikely to buy in, said the best-selling author and workplace well-being expert Jennifer Moss.

While older generations worked through the dot-com craze and the rise of Silicon Valley hustle culture, younger workers are changing attitudes around how far you need to go for your job. 

“There was this idea of ‘this is what you do to make big change happen,'” Moss told Insider of Musk’s philosophy. “I think that there was idealism around it. But I think now that’s no longer cool or acceptable.”

Shortly after the takeover, a Twitter employee shared a photo online of their boss — Esther Crawford, the director of product management — wrapped in a sleeping bag, wearing an eye mask, and attempting to sleep on the office floor.

“When your team is pushing round the clock to make deadlines sometimes you #SleepWhereYouWork,” Crawford replied in a tweet.  

This week, Musk sent a late-night email to staff telling them they must accept his “extremely hardcore” vision for the company, which includes “long hours at a high intensity.” Employers were given 40 hours to “click yes” on a link, and if they didn’t, Musk said they would be fired and given three months severance. 

The picture, the email, and the ongoing saga at Twitter have sparked a debate about whether extra efforts like sleeping at the office are common, occasionally necessary, or problematic. 

Insider Today asked readers to share their experiences of sleeping at work and received several responses from Gen Xers and baby boomers, some of whom had rather fond memories of their overnight …read more

Source:: Business Insider


Some older workers have fond memories of sleeping at the office, but the Elon Musk-style 84-hour workweek is falling flat with younger Americans

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