Jeff Bezos says his advice to Amazon interns and execs is to stop aiming for work-life ‘balance’ — here’s what you should strive for instead

By Zoë Bernard | Business Insider

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says he believes the term “work-life balance” is a “debilitating phrase.”

Bezos revealed that one of the top pieces of advice he offers new Amazon employees is that they shouldn’t view the two as a strict trade-off.

Jeff Bezos / Michael Seto/Business Insider

Instead, Bezos thinks of his personal and professional pursuits as a “circle” rather than a balancing act.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos isn’t a fan of the phrase “work-life balance.”

At a recent awards event hosted by Axel Springer and Business Insider US editor in chief Alyson Shontell, Bezos revealed the counterintuitive advice he offers new Amazon employees.

Bezos believes that his new hires should stop attempting to achieve “balance” within their professional and personal lives, since that implies a strict trade-off between the two. Instead, Bezos envisions a more holistic relationship between work and life outside the office.

Historically, the world’s richest man has a nontraditional approach to work: He makes time for breakfast every morning with his family, doesn’t set his alarm before going to bed, schedules surprisingly few meetings, and still sets aside a few minutes every day to wash his own dishes.

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