Work literally killed a German intern working in the London office of Bank of America last month. Working 100 hours a week is apparently the norm there, and he allegedly clocked nearly three full days of work with just short quick breaks to go home before collapsing in his shower and dying. Bank of America regrets this. They have counselors to help their employees, etc., etc. (Read my mind.)
We have all worked insane 24 hour days and skimmed back sleep to three hours when needed to help clients. But what if that is the daily norm? At what cost to health? At what value to our work? We say we won't, but we do, instead of producing viable well-timed schedules and staying on plan like the super business geniuses we claim to be. No, you're better if you game around, flex your shite with an absurd work schedule and don't sleep and are a tough hero... until you squirt out some sleep-impaired report and get sick and die? The gamble to some (who prize the money/glossy lifestyle/Burberry wardrobe/jolly excess) is worth it. To others who work more from passion, because they care, we say: think twice and care about yourself too. Which will help your clients, family and friends as well. Sleep well, Moritz Erhardt. Thanks for making us think. Thanks for, perhaps, rescuing us to live a little better in Life's long run of days.