It’s been reported in the past that Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg often works a 16-hour day. But, the company’s second-in-command, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, leaves the office at 5:30 p.m. every day.
She leaves at that hour in order to enjoy dinner with her family at 6:00 p.m. In fact, she revealed in a recent video interview with Makers.com that she’s been keeping these family-friendly hours since she worked at Google, as vice president of global online sales.
One Wall Street Journal staffer, a new mom herself, took notice and gave a shout-out to Sandberg in a recent blog post.
It’s only now, that she’s “brave enough to talk about it publicly,” Sandberg said about the hours she keeps. “Now I certainly wouldn’t lie, but I wasn’t running around giving speeches on it.”
The Journal blogger said that it was refreshing to see Sandberg say this at a time when people are “too scared to be seen anywhere other than in their cubicles (even if they’re shopping on diapers.com), an early signoff is the ultimate corporate taboo. Leaving early signifies that you don’t care, that you’re not getting the job done — or that you don’t love your work.”
All that said, Sandberg also mentioned in the interview that women should not make any compromises to their career aspirations while simply contemplating having children — that such moves could shortchange a woman’s rise to the top.
In fact, she recalls in the interview the urgent message she had for a recent graduating class of Barnard College women in the form of two little words: Be ambitious. “If we don’t correct the ambition gap, we can’t close the achievement gap,” said Sandberg.
But once the kiddies arrive, make the adjustments needed to respect the shifted priorities in life, she encourages. We wonder if this would be permissible at Facebook for the daddies among the worker bees — and would Zuck himself ever trim back on his office hours were he to get married and start growing a family of his own?
However, after all, Sandberg did bring major success to Facebook and is said to be the one who made the once scrappy start-up with promise a profitable machine that raked in money. So why shouldn’t she get to now make her own hours?
“There’s no life-work balance,” Sandberg laughed at one point. “There’s life, and there’s work.”
Of course, what we don’t know is what time Sandberg arrives in the morning.
Readers, does the fact that she leaves work at 5:30 p.m. alter your opinion of Facebook’s COO?