'Go home!' computers tell India start-up workers

STORY: An Indian start-up is battling the culture of overwork and long hours by locking its computers and sending employees home with a pop-up message.

"Please go home!" the message tells workers of Softgrid Computers, warning them the system will shut down once their office hours are up.

Employees were shocked at first.

Head of management Mohammad Ali Fanee says most were used to working at companies where they needed permission to clock off.

"We believe in work-life balance; we believe when you are happy with your family, you work pretty well."

The Indore-based firm's employees - who number about 40 - say they're sleeping better and are more motivated.

Working long hours kills hundreds of thousands of people a year, the World Health Organization said in 2021, a trend that worsened during the health crisis.