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July 27, 2018

Instill in Your Team the Jeff Bezos Approach to Work-life Balance


Jeff Bezos is known for a few things, his unique approach to business is certainly one of them. It goes without saying that the richest man in the world has an overwhelmingly busy schedule, yet he maintains very few meetings on his calendar, does not wake up to an alarm and always makes time to do his own dishes.

Bezos does not use the expression “work-life balance”; he believes it to be a debilitating phrase. In fact, he sees it as a “circle” rather than a balancing act and encourages his staff to view it in the same manner, putting to rest any ideations of it being a tradeoff.

“I think work-life harmony is a good framework. I prefer the word ‘harmony’ to the word ‘balance’ because balance tends to imply a strict tradeoff,” he told TechCrunch.

He believes that the relationship between work life and personal life is reciprocal. He doesn’t compartmentalize them into two competing time constraints.

Bezos also does not like to multitask, certainly, a newly supported argument that is becoming more mainstream.

“When I have dinner with friends or family, I like to be doing whatever I’m doing, I don’t like to multitask,” he said.

“If I am happy at home, I come into the office with tremendous energy. And if I am happy at work, I come home with tremendous energy. You never want to be that guy – and we all have a coworker who’s that person – who, as soon as they come into a meeting, they drain all the energy out of the room… You want to come into the office and give everyone a kick in their step,” Bezos told Business Insider.

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