In an unusual move, given the Work culture in India, Zerodha CEO and founder Nithin Kamath announced that Zerodha stopped all work-related chats after 6:00 p.m. and on public holidays. Kamath is looking into whether this step will help reduce stress among employees. Interestingly, he also said that “multitasking affects performance” while referring to a post on YCombinator.
This is surprising as most startups and founders believe in the “hustle culture” – something Elon Musk himself firmly believes in it. At a time when young tech geeks take pride in how little sleep they can and how much more they can work, Kamath’s tweets stand out.
“At Zerodha we just ended all work-related chats after 6pm and on public holidays. Also try to make as many conversations asynchronous and move them from chat to our internal instance of
@Discourse. Curious if this will help lessen the feeling of burnout and brain frying, ”Kamath tweeted.
He added, “It seems like multitasking hurts performance and can even damage the brain … ”
On the subject of multitasking, another tech geek reiterated the post: “I have noticed the effects of excessive multitasking on myself lately and now I am actively trying to avoid it. At first I thought multitasking would increase my overall efficiency by closing down downtime on certain tasks, but it soon turned me into a person who was unable to focus deeply on anything. One day I realized that I am unable to read a book the way I did as a kid (for example, in a front-to-back session) and it kind of shocked me. ”
Tech geeks who talk about taking breaks, not always working, and giving up multitasking sound unfamiliar so far. But Kamath’s tweet can give you a reason to think again before you feel guilty about not having enough to do.