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Amazon India's Senior Vice President Amit Agarwal wants his colleagues to maintain "work-life harmony" and stop responding to work emails between 6 pm and 8 am. He also talked about the importance of work discipline and how to strike a balance between work and life. According to a report by Bloomberg, Agarwal sent out an email memo internally to his team, talking about the importance of maintaining work-life balance. Previously we've seen Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos talk about the same issue and coin the term "work-life harmony". © Amit Agarwal / Livemint According to Bezos, it isn't about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it's about the energy you bring to both parts of your life. This is a fundamental principle in Bezos's theory of dividing one's time between work and life. The internal memo puts light on India's current state of the IT industry where one is expected to slog the whole day and then complete the remaining work from home. Work-life balance is a considerably new concept in the country where the masses have been used to working more than 60 hours per week. © Reuters Indeed, five of India's biggest cities —Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi—rank extremely low when it comes to work-life balance, according to a recent study of 100 cities around the world by the Amsterdam-based consultancy Arcadis. Indians work around 2,195 hours on an average every year, far above the 1,473 hours a year in Hamburg, the city that ranked among the top three for work-life balance. © Reuters Work no longer happens between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday to Friday. Work happens Saturday mornings and late Friday nights. It happens on vacation, and during graduations. The idea of work-life balance suggests that there should be an even split between working and non-working hours. India's IT industry majorly consists of outsourcing, and work needs to be collaborating with the foreign counterparts, ranging from American to European clients. Hence, midnight meetings or off-hour working isn't a rare sight, and the highly competitive environment means it's a do-or-die situation. © Pexels If the employees cannot keep up with the pressure, they are easily replaced. It's good to see Amazon stand along with their employees and understand the situation from a different perspective. However, it still needs to be seen how the company adapts to the new directive because it will mean a radical change for the company, which seems to pride itself on its frugality and how hard it pushes its employees. Source: Bloomberg