Über Work-Life-Balance

Jason Fried, CEO & Co-Founder von Basecamp:

„My basic feeling is, we’re not taking on more work than we’ve ever done before, we [as a society] have just less time to do it and therefore we are pushing work into nights, pushing work into weekends and that’s why we’re working longer. It’s because we don’t have the time to do the work during the workday. We basically said, ‚The workday is for being interrupted and then outside of the workday that’s when you need to get your work done.'“

„I pay [my team] a salary to work about 40 hours a week and we need to figure out a way to get all the work done in that amount of time.“

„We landed on this thing that seems to work really well, which are these six week cycles of work: every six weeks we decide what to do next. And in this six weeks we typically pick one or two projects that are gonna take the full six weeks and then maybe five or eight smaller projects that take anywhere from a day to a couple of weeks each.“

„I think it’s a very different approach to work and if you’re a business owner and you don’t care about people’s time and you’re okay with people working 70 or 80 hours a week then by all means don’t reconsider the way you work.“

„If we see people working longer or feel like they’re working longer [than 40 hours a week], we tell people to stop, like, ‚Stop working.‘ Basically, a full 8 hour day is all we expect from people. No weekend work at all.“

Jason Fried und Basecamp Co-Founder David Heinemeier Hansson haben in 2010 das Buch Rework veröffentlicht. Und bereits in Rework schlussfolgern sie im Kapitel über Workaholism:

„Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done.“

Als jemand, der in der Vergangenheit selbst dazu geneigt hat, zu viel und zu lange zu arbeiten, kann ich das nur bestätigen.



  1. Fried, Jason: „001: Jason Fried – Whose Schedule Are You On?“. Hurry Slowly Podcast URL: http://hurryslowly.co/001-jason-fried/ [Stand: 23.6.2018]
  2. Fried, Jason und Heinemeier Hansson, David: „Rework“. 1. Auflage, Crown Publishing Group, 2010