June 26, 2012, 11:56 AM —
Mayer, Google employee #20, used to work 130 out of 168 hours per week. Lately she's been giving advice on avoiding burnout.
During an interview at New York's 92Y, Mayer explained that for her, "Burnout is about resentment." Startup employees spend enormous amounts of time at work, giving up many parts of their lives. But knowing which part you need to keep to re-energize yourself makes all the difference.
Mayer calls this finding your rhythm, as in finding a way to keep doing whatever it is that will cause the most resentment when you stop. As a VP at Google, Mayer grants employees the option to keep that one important personal part of their life, whether family dinner (say on Tuesday) or a child's soccer games. She advises you can't have everything, but you can have the one thing you need most, and still work startup hours.
Eighty hours of work and a great family and social life is completely doable, if you work hard at both and have focus.
Jj on entrepreneur.com
You're kidding, right?
That's great but whatever happened to 'work-life balance'?
Girl_wonder1 on entrepreneur.com
Screw that. She's a psycho.
Libervative on businessinsider.com
Add this to the "Let them eat cake" file. The kind of stupid thing a 20 something techie who stumbled into a pot of gold would say.
Steve in Flyover on businessinsider.com
Easy for you to say
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