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In a recent appearance on a podcast, NR Narayana Murthy, the founder of Infosys, stirred controversy by advocating for Indian youngsters to commit to a demanding 70-hour workweek to enhance global competitiveness.
His impassioned plea has ignited a fervent debate, drawing attention to the pressing need for India to bolster its productivity on the global stage. Murthy underscored a sobering reality—India’s current work productivity ranks among the lowest worldwide, signaling a critical imperative for the workforce to intensify its efforts.
However, the discourse surrounding extended working hours as the panacea for India’s productivity challenges is nuanced. While Murthy’s call reflects a sense of urgency, it also raises questions about the broader factors contributing to India’s efficiency deficit.
Notably, the discussion often overlooks the pivotal role of capital infusion in fostering productivity growth. Simply extending work hours, it seems, is an incomplete solution.
Recognizing the multifaceted nature of the issue is paramount, as addressing the root causes of productivity gaps requires a comprehensive approach that encompasses both human capital and resource allocation.
The challenge lies not only in the duration of work but also in optimizing the conditions that empower Indian workers to thrive in an increasingly competitive global landscape.
Yet, we here at ED Times do not draw our own conclusions and hence ask the Gen Z their opinions. Here is what they have to say.
Looks like the consensus is against Mr. Murthy. Share your thoughts in comments!
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