Why Jeff Bezos doesn't believe in work-life balance: 'It actually is a circle'

Why Jeff Bezos doesn’t believe in work-life balance: ‘It actually is a circle’

Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, isn’t a fan of the phrase “work-life balance.” At an April 2018 event hosted by Insider’s parent company, Bezos said new Amazon employees shouldn’t view work and life as a balancing act. Instead, Bezos said it’s more productive to view them as two integrated parts. “It actually is a circle,” Bezos said. “It’s not a balance.” Bezos said his new hires should stop trying to find “balance” within their professional and personal lives since that implied a strict trade-off between the two. Instead, Bezos envisions a more holistic relationship between work and life outside the office. Video: Amazon’s first employee shares what he learned from Jeff Bezos (CNBC) Stripe co-founder: ‘We’re very happy as a private company’ AMC begins accepting cryptocurrencies for online payments What Michael Jordan joining DraftKings means for Nike and the NBA U.S. dollar hits highest level since July 2020 — Traders on what’s next Euro area downturn should be a lot milder than before if Covid cases rebound: IHS Markit Biden admin to release oil from strategic petroleum reserve to fend off rising gas prices Trading Nation: Can the tech sector continue its incredible bull run? Signet CEO on company outlook, acquisition of Diamonds Direct for $490 million in cash Asian Development Bank discusses the pandemic’s impact on supply chains Kevin O’Leary says inflation will cost the Democrats votes in U.S. midterms Wealth management firm explains why it’s staying out of China’s property sector Rising inflation is creating tailwinds for crypto market: Ripple CEO Ripple seeing ‘good progress’ in SEC case, CEO says Investor Jeff Mills lists three trades with ‘staying power’ Here’s a recap of Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s face off with the SEC in court Weber CEO explains how the grill maker plans to keep growing after Covid-era boom “This work-life harmony thing is what I try to teach young employees and actually senior executives at Amazon too,” Bezos said. “But especially the people coming in. I get asked about work-life balance all the time. And my view is, that’s a debilitating phrase because it implies there’s a strict trade-off.” Bezos said he didn’t compartmentalize his career and his personal life. “If I am happy at home, I come into the office with tremendous energy,” Bezos said. “And if I am happy at work, I come home with tremendous energy.” The billionaire Amazon founder got a new kind of workflow over the summer when he stepped down from his role as CEO of the e-commerce giant. He was replaced by Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy and plans to direct his focus to other endeavors, like space exploration and philanthropy. Historically, the world’s richest man has taken a nontraditional approach to work : He has said he made time for breakfast every morning with his family, doesn’t set his alarm before going to bed, schedules surprisingly few meetings, and set aside a few minutes every day to wash his own dishes. Read — and watch — the full interview with Bezos here .

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