Internet loses track of survey asking job applicants about 100 hour work week

Reddit is a place where people can relate, sympathize and discuss their daily lives. A Publish by Redditor u/Creepy-Night936 went viral this week after he shared a screenshot believed to have been taken from a questionnaire administered by a potential employer.

“Can you work 50-100 hours a week?*,” the screenshot reads.

The post, written on the “Antiwork” subreddit, has now been upvoted over 44,000 times and received over 1,600 comments.

Commenters were shocked by the survey’s apparent question and used the post to discuss general frustrations with work-life balance.

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, employees in the United States must be paid at least minimum wage and cannot work more than 40 hours per week without overtime pay.

Zippia, a job search platform, reported that, on average, Americans worked 34.4 hours a week in 2019, with workers aged 25 to 54 working 40.5 hours.

“100 hours a week, yes you have to work weekends too if they need it,” the Redditor wrote alongside the screenshot.

In the screenshot, the Redditor appears to show a written answer below the question.

“No, wtf is that shit,” the response read.

A post has gone viral on Reddit after a poster shared a questionnaire asking a potential employee to work 100 hours a week. Above, a file image shows an employee asleep at his desk.
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A commentator explained exactly what a 100-hour workweek would look like.

“If you worked 7 days of 10 hours, that’s 70 hours. If you worked 7 days of 12 hours, that’s 84 hours.

If you work 7 days of 14 hours, that’s 98 hours. So they want you to work more than seven 14-hour days a week,” the commenter wrote. “The fucking job right?

“Can I? Yes. Will I? No,” wrote another.

Another commenter wrote about a time when they worked over 60 hours a week and the lasting impact that had on their lives.

“For 3 years I worked over 60 hours a week with multiple 2-3 week periods of 90-100 hours,” the commenter wrote. “Then I had a nervous breakdown that consumed 2 years of my life and I’m still trying to recover 5 years later. I missed a part of my children’s life and I can never get it back. J I have diminished my quality of life in different ways. It cannot be valued in money. Regret is not an adequate word.

The original poster of the screenshot responded to this comment calling out people who defend this kind of schedule.

“…you will literally live and breathe for this company until you die. Then you will easily be replaced by someone else,” the Redditor wrote.

In another comment, the Redditor seems to question whether the investigation was an April Fool’s joke, then gives more context on the work itself.

“Maybe there’s a bad taste in April Fool’s jokes about them, which is why they’re desperate for ‘loyal’ employees,” the Redditor wrote.

The Redditor says the job is a “standard customer service role” with an American company that outsources from “third world countries.”

“On their requirements they said we have to work 5 days a week, mostly weekends are included. No overtime pay. Unpaid training and that’s for $400/month. We have to follow US time, so this is a graveyard change for us,” the Redditor continues in the comment.

“I actually have self respect and clicked the X after I sent this reply,” the Redditor continued. “There are a lot more better jobs out there than[sic] this shit.”

This isn’t the only time a conflict at work has made headlines.

Earlier this week a woman was praised for quitting her job when her manager put a client at risk, another Redditor said she got tricked on her way to work, but when she told her boss, he said she “should have been prepared” and Redditors today revealed some of the best and worst office pranks endured on April Fool’s Day.