I just read this interview by Marrisa Meyer and It has left me baffled.
According to Meyer, to be a successful company, we need to have the below culture.
The other piece that gets overlooked in the Google story is the value of hard work. When reporters write about Google, they write about it as if it was inevitable. The actual experience was more like, “Could you work 130 hours in a week?” The answer is yes, if you’re strategic about when you sleep, when you shower, and how often you go to the bathroom. The nap rooms at Google were there because it was safer to stay in the office than walk to your car at 3 a.m. For my first five years, I did at least one all-nighter a week, except when I was on vacation—and the vacations were few and far between.
I believe this attitude to be wrong on so many levels. To me, there is nothing more important than your health. You can give your 100% only when you are at perfect health. When you work for more than 6 hours, your capacity to reason out things diminishes.
The interview does not end here though, it gets better. Here is how she decides if a Startup is successful or not(emphasis mine).
And if you go in on a Saturday afternoon, I can tell you which startups will succeed, without even knowing what they do. Being there on the weekend is a huge indicator of success, mostly because these companies just don’t happen. They happen because of really hard work.
In her world I will never be a success and I really don’t care. The more I get exposed to silicon valley culture, the more I feel they actively find happiness through misery. I don’t see this work culture stories by any other companies from a different field. Don’t sales people love sales? They do but I don’t see anyone of the sales people who work continuously for 24 hours and proudly say they do. Its a job that they love which they do well and then they go home at the end of day.