Jason Fried

Jason Fried quotes on culture

Founder & CEO at Basecamp. Non-serial entrepreneur. Co-author of Getting Real, REWORK, Remote, and “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”.

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If your company requires you to work nights and weekends, your company is broken. This is a managerial problem, not your problem. This is a process problem, not a personal problem. This is an ownership problem, not an individual problem.


I don’t 100% agree with anyone - not even myself. I’m always surprised when Person A disqualifies Person B as a source of learning simply because Person B said/did something that Person A doesn’t agree with. Full agreement is a terrible requirement to place on anyone.


Company culture isn’t a moment in time. It’s not something you write down. Culture is the by-product of consistent behavior. It’s what you do over time. Your current company culture is essentially a 50-day moving average of your actions.


People are plenty productive. It's systems that aren't. It's the process, the methods, the overbearing oversight, the absence of trust, the incessant checking-in, the lack of contiguous time, and the red tape that bog things down, not the people doing the work itself.


You can’t create a company culture. A culture always exists, even before a company is officially formed. You can only adjust the culture you have. You can adjust it a little or a lot, but you’re always starting from the current position.


Company culture is the by-product of consistent behavior. What you do always wins against what you intend to do.


Time to redefine what it means to give employees *options*. How about the option to work 40 hours and not be penalized when promotions come up? Or the option to not be bothered all day long? Or the option to cut a project back instead of working weekends? Or the option to…


The higher up you go in an organization, the less you actually know about how the organization *actually* runs. And the CEO is always the last to know.


Save money on rent. Spend money on people.


Employee benefit of the future: Get paid to sleep a full 8 hours a night.


Workplace cultures in politics & tech share many similarities: Overwork is glorified; long hours are the norm; communication comes with the expectation of immediate response; and those that opt out are seen as lacking hustle or ceding ground to competitors…


Like personal habits, company habits are formed early and hard to break. The early days - under 10 people - are the most important.


Employee benefit of the future: Bonuses for not responding to work stuff on the weekends.


Your company should be your best product since it makes all the others.


When someone asks me “but do you think that would work at a big company?” it feels great to answer “I don’t care”.


Employee benefit of the future: 7 out of 8 hours a day are 100% you time.


And, if we’re all being honest, any company with more than just a few people has multiple cultures.


Even when you hire one person, you are hiring a team. That person joins a team (even if they just join you), so a team is what you get.


The work environment has an enormous impact on the work. Stress shows itself in your work like it shows itself in your life…

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