Elon Musk Believes That World Can Change with an 80-Hour Workweek

By: Marie Donlon

When asked how many hours of work a week it would take to change the world, Tesla CEO Elon Musk answered that it would take an 80-hour workweek, according to recent reports.

In response to a question posed by data scientist Margreth Mpossi on Twitter concerning what would make for a perfect and sustainable workweek, Musk tweeted:

“Varies per person, but about 80 sustained, peaking above 100 at times. Pain level increases exponentially above 80.”

A heated debate then erupted, with other Twitter users crying foul on the 80-hour workweek. They cited that it would require working 13 hours a day for six days a week to meet that quota — an impossibility for those who have families, never mind the toll it would take on both mental and physical health.

On the other hand, some Twitter users pointed out that working 80 hours a week for many is not a choice as much as it is necessary to pay their bills and feed their families.

Regardless, a workweek everyone would likely support was recently trialed in New Zealand, requiring employees to work just four days a week.