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Staying late or Working late?

‘Late Stays’ have become the new work culture. In a Mail sent by Narayan Murthy to all Infosys staff, he explains the difference between ‘staying late’ and ‘working late’ quite aptly.

Sharing some excerpts from the mail:


It’s half past 8 in the office but the lights are still on… PCs still running, coffee machines still buzzing… And who’s at work?

All or most specimens are ?? Look closer… again all or most of them are bachelors…
And why are they sitting late? Let’s ask one of them… Here’s what he says… ‘What’s there 2 do after going home…Here we get to surf, AC, phone, food, coffee that is why I am working late…Importantly no bossssssss!!!!!!!!!!!’

This is the scene in most research centers and software companies and other off-shore offices.

Bachelors ‘Passing-Time’ during late hours in the office just bcoz they say they’ve nothing else to do… Now what r the consequences…

‘Working’ late hours soon becomes part of the institute or company culture.
With bosses more than eager to provide support to those ‘working’ late in the form of taxi vouchers, food vouchers and of course good feedback, (oh, he’s a hard worker….. goes home only to change..!!). They aren’t helping things too…

To hell with bosses who don’t understand the difference between ‘sitting’ late and ‘working’ late!!!

Very soon, the boss start expecting all employees to put in extra working hours.

So, My dear Bachelors let me tell you, life changes when u get married and start having a family… office is no longer a priority, family is… and That’s when the problem starts… b’coz u start having commitments at home too.

For your boss, the earlier ‘hardworking’ guy suddenly seems to become a ‘early leaver’ even if u leave an hour after regular time… after doing the same amount of work.

People leaving on time after doing their tasks for the day are labelled as work-shirkers…

All the while, the bachelors pat their own backs and carry on ‘working’ not realizing that they r spoiling the work culture at their own place and never realize that they would have to regret at one point of time.

So what’s the moral of the story??
* Very clear, LEAVE ON TIME!!!

* Never put in extra time ‘ unless really needed ‘

* Don’t stay back unnecessarily and spoil your company work culture which will in turn cause inconvenience to you and your colleagues.

There are hundred other things to do in the evening..

Learn music…..

Learn a foreign language…

Try a sport… TT, cricket………..

Importantly,get a girl friend or boy friend, take him/her around town…

* And for heaven’s sake, net cafe rates have dropped to an all-time low and try cooking for a change.

Take a tip from the Smirnoff ad: *’Life’s calling, where are you??’*




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27 thoughts on “Staying late or Working late?

  1. Narayan Murthy is spot on.
    But offering sympathies and global statements mean nothing.
    He should have made LAWS within his Company to bring such sayings into effect.
    Not just him, even the PM should make LAWS to that end. Without laws, nothing can change much in India.
    It is a well known fact that India has among the filthiest work culture globally, if not the filthiest.
    And what’s the result of slogging? Whenever I debate this with an Industrial age nincompoop boomer, he or she is at a loss of words.
    Did India achieve excellence in Technology / Medicine / Management? NO
    Did Indians become the richest in the world? BIG NO
    So what are these boomers smoking? The work culture in India is alarmingly sick.

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  2. I think nowadays its become a fashion of “Late stay”. Bachelors should understand that Appraisals are based on “Quality time not Quantity time”. I’ve seen criticism from my colleagues about recent late stay policy. 8 PM policy.I think it’s opportunity to invest our after office time rather staying in office.

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  3. And I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Murthy. *hats off*
    In fact, I keep the track that I don’t spend even a few minutes up in my office as I have more (productive) to do when I get to home. It’s all about one’s priorities, aim and kind of life one wants to lead – a totally chilled out life with full day surfing, or a life where every hour, if not every minutes counts.

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      1. What if he meet someone like “laila in znmd” and leaves me for the next trip? No trips, only solitude 😂


      2. I’d quit there and travel away with her humming lalalalala 😂😂.. Who need more than being a girl under the stars having a fruitful conversation 😉

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