Facebook COO Sheryl Sanberg makes a shocking confession:
“I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I’m home for dinner with my kids at 6, and interestingly, I’ve been doing that since I had kids,” Sandberg said in a video posted on Makers.com. “I did that when I was at Google, I did that here, and I would say it’s not until the last year, two years that I’m brave enough to talk about it publicly. Now I certainly wouldn’t lie, but I wasn’t running around giving speeches on it.”
A few weeks ago I posted about the overtime death marches we go through in the VFX industry and how some of us develop a jock-like mentality to “love the pain“.
Interestingly the CNN article touches upon similar subjects that apply to VFX:
In a competitive industry where your work is never truly complete, has it become socially awkward to leave work at a time that used to be the standard? And are those working eight-hour days that end at 5 p.m. being quietly judged by their co-workers? Whatever happened to “work-life balance”? Worse still: Are those who work these “standard” hours being overlooked for promotions?
Of course for those of us in VFX: Are those who work standard hours more likely to get laid off?
The fact that the COO of Facebook is a bit reluctant to admit that she leaves work at 5:30 certainly exemplifies the social and business pressure to stay late and work long hours for the rest of us.