A New York Times piece detailed an alleged cutthroat culture at Amazon’s offices. The article even quoted one former employee as saying that he would often see workers crying at their desks from unhappiness.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos later said ,”The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day”.
However, Moskovitz noted: “It is with deep sadness that I observe the current culture of intensity in the tech industry”.
He claimed tech culture had created an atmosphere of work that is “unsustainable for most people”, but that “it doesn’t have to be this way”.
Moskovitz suggested he had personally suffered from overworking during the rise of Facebook, and wished he had lived his life differently.
He said: “I threw my back out, had panic attacks and consumed more soda and energy drinks than water. In short, I would have had more energy and spent it in smarter ways… and I would have been happier.”
Moskovitz cited research by Henry Ford that suggested the 40-hour work week led to better productivity and that working over 50 makes for decreasing returns.
The Facebook founder also said that the tendency of young workers to work large numbers of hours can lead to ageism and sexism against people who have other demands on their lives.
“As an industry, we could be accomplishing more, and we could be providing a better life for all of the people who work in technology,” he said.
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