For those who have time for a little diverison, the WSJ published a great candid interview with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings yesterday (as he's currently promoting his new book 😜) that's been making the tech startup community rounds.
One particular note for the RC community, a line on Reed's frank thoughts about remote work:
WSJ: What elements of the Netflix culture are tougher to maintain now that so many employees are working from home?
Mr. Hastings: Debating ideas is harder now.
WSJ: Have you seen benefits from people working at home?
Mr. Hastings: No. I don’t see any positives. Not being able to get together in person, particularly internationally, is a pure negative. I’ve been super impressed at people’s sacrifices.
But more related to the topic of work-life balance:
WSJ: You wrote that value or creative worth shouldn’t be measured by time and that you’ve never paid attention to the hours people are working. Yet many people at Netflix describe it as a 24/7 lifestyle. Does the lack of work-life balance or potential for burnout concern you?
Mr. Hastings: Coming back to the athletics, think about a coach’s view: It’s not how many hours you spend in the gym, but how well you play. But if you’re going to play at an elite level, you’re probably in the gym quite a bit. It’s just not the goal state. The goal state is the effectiveness.
Agree? Disagree? At the startup I work in, we run primarily as an asynchronously remote team so we highly emphasize efficacy more than hours worked. But admittedly within our core team, this often leads to longer working hours. Is sacrificing balance simply inevitable if you/your company has a strong desire to grow?