In the spirit of full disclosure, I thought long and hard about the events which unfolded over the next few days after the site tour and had originally planned on writing an extensive piece on each.
In truth, however, the layer of fog casting over that terrible week will never quite clear owing to a mix of severe sleep deprivation and my horrible memory. That’s just how the mind works I suppose, a beautiful thing that shields you from re-living your worst experiences or the most painful of memories. A salvation from yourself.
While it’s not uncommon to encounter 120-hour week stories in the investment banking industry, I didn’t want my story to be yet another lacking the crucial details lending to credibility. So in affording me the chance to rant, I thought I’d at least get the facts straight.
I did a little digging, and some more. Eventually, I studied an entire body of emails and presentations which were generated between 1 – 7 March, 2014.
Here are five “fun” facts (fun only in hindsight):
Fun fact no.1
Hours spent working for the week commencing March 1, 2014: 128 hours.
While there is no telling the exact number of hours worked, archived emails noted the times of my first and last email each day and that gave me enough confidence to compile the follow charts.
A typical (50-hour) work week vs. my worst week, broken down into hourly segments. Note that I’d clocked 40 hours come Monday 8am.
Fun fact no.2
Number of all-nighters: Three. Or every second night.
I didn’t see my bed on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. I like my bed.
Fun fact no.3
Longest time without sleep was 40 hours (6-7 March).
Followed by 37 hours (2-3 March) and 33 hours (4-5 March). To put this in perspective, a typical person may stay awake for 14 hours on average and a proper night out clocks in at 31 hours if you get home by 4am.
Number of emails sent that week: 621. Or three times our weekly average.
In other words, as much as we’re a hard working bunch in investment banking, even relative to our own standards, we still managed to outwork ourselves three-fold.
Fun fact no.5
Number of work related injuries: One.
Remember Mary with the severe leg spasms? That was my personal experience on one of the nights I did manage to get to some sleep.
Thanks for reading.