A Publish went viral on Reddit after a poster shared a screenshot of Twitter discussing Microsoft Viva’s definition of “quiet days”.

Redditor u/EdinburghMan posted the screenshot to the ‘WorkReform’ subreddit which reads: “The Microsoft Viva report defines a ‘quiet day’ as a day when you don’t have to work outside out of your normal hours. Friends, it should be every day.”

The usernames have been obscured in the screenshot, but the original tweet was posted on April 4 by Twitter user @mcc_cummings.

In a reply to the original tweet, @mcc_cummings wrote, “I realize that’s not always the case and I’m as bad about it as anyone else but can’t we normalize overtime, please?

The Redditor accompanied the screenshot with the post: “Viva’s website repeatedly talks about how it helps improve wellbeing and yet…” The post has now received over 9,000 votes. .

According to 2019 figures from US Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time employees worked an average of 8.5 hours per workday. However, according to a 2021 ADP Research Institute studyas a result of COVID-19, unpaid overtime had risen to 9.2 hours per week on average, from 7.3 a year earlier.

According to Microsoft, Microsoft Viva is “​an employee experience platform that brings together communications, knowledge, learning, resources, and workflow information.”

The platform offers a “wellness” page meant to let users know how much they “disconnect” from work after hours.

A post has gone viral on Reddit after a poster shared a screenshot discussing Microsoft Viva’s “quiet days”. Above, a file image shows a woman working late.
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“Quiet days” as mentioned in the viral post are defined by the Platform as “the number of days you had no meaningful collaboration outside of your defined working hours (as defined in your Outlook calendar),” the website says. “Meaningful collaboration includes sending and reading email, sending and replying to chats, or participating in calls and meetings for more than an hour outside of your working hours. .”

The site says weekends are considered “all-day quiet hours” and are included in the platform’s calculations.

Reddit commenters under the post lamented how “normalized” work beyond a set of working hours has become.

“Far too many people wear burnout as a badge of honor. It’s not a good thing if you’re working 60 hours or more on a regular basis. It just means you’re willingly sacrificing your physical and mental well-being for the benefit of capitalism…”, wrote a commentator.

The Redditor responded to this comment saying that management should instead “wear quiet days as a badge of honor instead.”

Another commenter shared that the notion of burnout was a “badge of honor” as “uniquely American”

“It’s weird to me that our society understands that children in school need regular breaks to avoid burnout and stress, but adults are expected to work long hours with very few days off until ‘to them retiring or literally collapsing from stress and/or exhaustion,’ another commenter added.

A reviewer who appears to be familiar with the Viva platform said he found its tracking of when a user overworked useful.

“…I find it very helpful to get rid of bad habits,” the commenter said.

Another commenter shared quite a different view of the platform saying that Outlook prevents users from moving Viva email notifications to spam.

“Automated micromanagement wasn’t the future I was hoping for…” the Redditor replied.

Newsweek contacted u/EdinburghMan and @mcc_cummings for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.