Shantanu Despande, CEO of Bombay Shaving, slammed for his 'work 18 hours' article

Shantanu Despande, CEO of Bombay Shaving, slammed for his 'work 18 hours' article

Shantanu Deshpande, the CEO of the Bombay Shaving Company, has been criticized for writing in an online article that new employees should put in 18 hours a week during their first few years of employment.

In a LinkedIn article, Mr. Deshpande urged young workers to "worship your work" and said that, in the early stages of one's career, work-life balance is not crucial.

"When you are 22 and new in your job, throw yourself into it. Eat well and stay fit, but put in the 18 hour days for at least 4-5 years," his posted.

"I see a LOT of youngsters who watch random content all over and convince themselves that 'work life balance, spending time with family, rejuvenation bla bla' is important. It is, but not that early," added the founder-CEO of Bombay shaving..

"Don't do random rona-dhona. Take it on the chin and be relentless. You will be way better for it," he further added.

Several Twitter users criticised Mr Deshpande's post and slammed the "toxic work cultures" he is encouraging.

While this was going on, Mr. Deshpande revised his post to incorporate a response to the criticism he had been receiving.  "Yikes. So much hate for 18 hour days. ???? it's a proxy for 'giving your all and then some.' If you have any questions concerning the culture at bsc, please feel free to contact us or stop by any time."

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