Internet Loses It Over Poll Asking Job Candidates About 100-Hour Workweek

Reddit is a place for internet users to relate, commiserate and discuss their everyday lives. One post from Redditor u/Creepy-Night936 went viral this week after they shared a screengrab that was allegedly taken from a questionnaire administered by a prospective employer.

"Can you work 50-100 hours a week?*" the screengrab read.

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

Commenters were in shock at 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 receive at least minimum wage and may not work more than 40 hours per week without receiving overtime pay.

Zippia, a job search platform, reported that on average, Americans work 34.4 hours per week as of 2019 with workers aged 25-54 working 40.5 hours.

"100 hours a week, yes, you need to work on weekends too if they need you to," the Redditor wrote in accompaniment with the screengrab.

In the screenshot, the Redditor appears to show a written response under the question.

"No, wtf is this sh*t," the response reads.

Employee asleep
A post has gone viral on Reddit after a poster shared a questionnaire that asked about a prospective employee's willingness to work 100 hours per week. Above, a stock image shows an employee asleep at their desk. dusanpetkovic/Getty Images

One commenter broke down just exactly what a 100-hour workweek would look like.

"If you worked 7 10-hour days, that's 70 hours. If you worked 7 12-hour days, that's 84 hours.

If you work 7 14-hour days, that's 98 hours. So they want you working more than seven 14-hour days a week," the commenter wrote. "The f*ck kinda job is this?"

"Can I? Yes. Will I? No," wrote another.

Another commenter wrote about a time when they worked for more than 60 hours per week and the long-lasting impact it had on their life.

"For 3 years I worked 60+ hour weeks with several 2-3 week periods of 90-100 hour," 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 on. I missed a chunk of my children's lives and can never get it back. I have diminished my quality of life in ways that cannot be valued in money. Regret is not an adequate word."

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

"...you will literally live and breathe for that company until you die. Then you'll be replaced easily by someone else," the Redditor wrote.

In another comment, the Redditor seems to question if the inquiry was an April Fools' joke then proceeds to give more context about the job itself.

"There poor taste for April Fools, perhaps. Jokes on them, that's why they're desperately looking for 'loyal' employees," the Redditor wrote.

The Redditor says the job is a "standard customer service role" with a US company that is outsourcing from "third world countries."

"On their requirements, they said we need to work 5 days per week, mostly weekends are included. No overtime pay. Unpaid training and it's for $400/month. We have to follow US time so it's graveyard shift for us," the Redditor continues within the comment.

"I actually have self-respect and clicked X after sending that answer," the Redditor continued. "There's a lot more better jobs out there that[sic] that sh*t."

This isn't the only time that a workplace conflict has made the news.

Earlier this week, a woman was praised for quitting her job when her manager endangered a customer, another Redditor said that she got egged while walking to work, but when she told her boss, he said she "should've been prepared," and Redditors revealed today some of the best and worst office pranks endured on April Fools' Day.