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Adrian
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The hats I wear at work include: accessibility consultant; information architect; software developer (of the agile/XP/TDD breed - mostly in Perl); usability consultant; web site designer. I'm very dull:-) . [technorati.com]

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Tuesday September 06, 2005
04:56 AM

Bad job adverts - #4 in an ongoing series

[ #26615 ]

This one hit my inbox yesterday.

Our client is a leading engineering technology provider, undertaking research, design, development and strategic services to the world's automotive manufacturers. THE ROLE: To work in Tokyo for 3 - 6 months to assist on a website design project The work is 5 days per week but 50+ hours per week, so dedication and flexibility are vital.

Does anybody else think that the sort of organisation that starts with a plan involving 3-6 months of 50+ hour weeks is going to end up with something considerably worse?

Can anybody else say Death March?

(Incidentally I just noticed today that I've not watched any television for about three weeks. Zip. Nada. Not through any virtuousness on my part - there has just been nothing on that I've wanted to watch.)

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  • It is often said that people in Japan work long hours. If this is the true, maybe 50 hours is considered average...
    • It is often said that people in Japan work long hours. If this is the true, maybe 50 hours is considered average...

      Often said - but not necessarily true :-)

      There's been a sustained government campaign to lower the average working hours in Japan, which seems to have been pretty effective. See some boring statistics [web-japan.org].

      Even if 50+ hour weeks were average in Japan it wouldn't make it any less dysfunctional.

  • I wouldn't even consider taking a job where 50 hours a week, or even anything > 40 hours, is considered normal.