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Netflix's Reed Hastings Deems Remote Work 'a Pure Negative'

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Reed Hastings of Netflix

"We want to have the absolute best players and compensation is one part of that," says Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings.

Credit: Austin Hargrave / Netflix

Reed Hastings, a founder and co-chief executive of Netflix Inc., has reshaped the way people watch television and how the entertainment industry operates.

Along the way, Hastings has built a distinctive — and, to some, cutthroat — corporate culture. The Netflix way encourages staff to take big risks, typically without the need of approval from a chain of bosses, and to communicate with blunt candor.

In an interview, Hastings discusses working from home ("a pure negative"), returning to the office ("twelve hours after a vaccine is approved"), delivering candid feedback (not "like a drunken fool"), and more.

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