It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

It Doesnt have to be crazy at workby Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

The owners of Basecamp have written a thoughtful and brutally honest guide to reducing workplace stress and creating a work-life environment where everyone thrives. 

Employers and Employees are both asked to question their culture at work. The Authors then outline the policies that Basecamp have adopted to create a culture where the person is respected. Their time (9am-5pm M-F only – no weekends or long days – work a 4 day week in summer), their expertise (all paid the same for the same job – work remotely &/or at own pace – 6 week projects), their vacations (no contact from work and Basecamp pay for 3 wk holiday expenses), their fitness ($1K allowance per mth to fitness or personal development expenses) and even their organic fruit and vegetables (one box per week in summer), to name a few!

The idea being that employers and employees together help to make our work the place that we can bring our professionalism and best self, with the ultimate goal of changing our response to work place stress and achieving work-life balance.

The Authors provide honest examples of how they have sometimes got it wrong and why they have decided to embrace a calm work culture that improves the well being of employer and employees alike.

I highly recommend this book to anyone aiming to reduce stress in the workplace.