Rajeshni Naidu-Ghelani, BNN Bloomberg, August 24, 2018


Burning the midnight oil at work? Many of us are guilty of it. But Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk’s admission in a New York Times interview that he works 120 hours a week on little sleep has sparked a debate about workplace culture and how productive senior executives can be under grueling work schedules.

Everyone from Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington to workplace experts have weighed in on Musk’s need to slow down and recharge. But will taking a break make an impact on the fast-paced and pressurized work culture in the corporate world?

While founder-driven companies typically have a sense of urgency to succeed, there is a fine line between achieving those goals and fostering an “over-stressed mania,” said Davia Temin, CEO of New York-based management consultancy Temin and Company.

Musk’s work ethic is not unusual when you look at other tech leaders like Apple Inc.’s late co-founder Steve Jobs. But Temin adds that Musk’s “acting out” could be stressing out Tesla’s employees.

“If Musk were a moderate man he would never have accomplished what he has,” Temin said. […read more]