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Transform Your Workplace

The Transform Your Workplace Podcast covers everything you need to build a great workplace. Industry experts, thought-leaders, HR experts and entrepreneurs join us to discuss big ideas that can transform your organization. Each week we cover a new topic, ranging from HR, communication and culture to business growth, leadership and workplace trends.Access more episodes, subscribe, and learn more. 

Aug 20, 2019

You’re super busy at work — your phone's blowing up from the overflowing inbox of notifications, reminders, and chats. There’s so much interruption that you’ve got no time to think. And when you do, you have to stay stuck at the office, working more than 40-hours a week or force yourself to pull an all-nighter to meet unrealistic deadlines. 

You don’t even have time to sleep because of your packed schedules and endless meeting. 

When weekends come, instead of spending your precious me-time relaxing and having fun, you have those Sunday-afternoon emails to worry about, waiting to be read and dealt with.

It’s just crazy!!!

But hey, work doesn’t have to be crazy. 

It’s true. We can still deliver a fantastic job without making ourselves miserable and insanely working like crazy to meet those so-called “goals.” We can have a productive work environment that lets people do their work in the best way possible.

Basecamp is setting a great example of what it’s like to have a calm and productive workplace! How can we achieve a productive workplace without sacrificing long hours and avoid getting burned out?

In today’s episode, I’ll talk about the book “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work” with David Heinemeier Hansson, the author, CTO, and co-founder at Basecamp. We will also discuss the topic of the constant state of businesses, overworked employees, and the fact that we’re working more hours but still come out as unproductive. 

David argues that you can still have that million-dollar business without requiring your employees to work insanely long hours and he’s going to tell you how. He will also share a lot of useful advice and action ideas you can apply back to your organization! 

Grab your copy now! Check out the book here.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • What crazy means in the workplace
  • The reason behind the long work hours
  • Hustle Mania and the obsession with growth
  • Burned out and overworked employees
  • Setting your goals the Basecamp way
  • Achieving the state of calmness
  • The negative consequences of introducing technology and rejecting the “present person” practice
  • The reason why Basecamp doesn’t do shared calendars inside the office
  • How David coaches his people not to be distracted by constant interruptions from people internally and externally?
  • Office hours and part-time managers
  • David’s thoughts on work-life balance
  • Out of the office benefits vs. In office

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