Be the hero and surprise your team with three months of breakfast treats from Wolferman’s, or singlehandedly caffeinate your employees for all of Q3 2010 with a 3-month Dunkin’ Donuts coffee subscription. And even if you don’t win either of those, you have a chance to win your own copy of “Why Works Sucks and How to Fix It.”
Entering is Easy:
Simply answer the question, “Do you think a results-only work environment would work at your company? Why or why not?” in the comments below — and you’ll automatically be entered to win!
What’s ROWE all about? Read on to find out — and then enter to win for your chance at free swag!
At a SXSW Interactive panel this past March, I listened to the founders of the ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment) movement, Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, speak. After hearing more about ROWE and the well-known companies who had successfully adapted a results-only work environment, I was intrigued — and like many others, I had a lot of questions.
The concept of ROWE is, at its face, simple. People should have control of their own time — not the companies for which they work. In a results-only environment, the only thing that matters is results – not how many hours you’re at the office.
- As an employee, you own your time 24/7.
- Unlimited PTO as long as the work gets done.
- Go to the grocery store on a Tuesday at 10 a.m. if you need to.
- No more mandatory meetings.
- No more permission-granting from your employer, but instead, performance guiding.
- Employees are trusted with their time.
As Ressler and Thompson say, “Work isn’t a place you go — it’s a thing you do.” They are quick to stress that ROWE is not the same as flex time, telecommuting, job sharing, or employees to work from home a couple of days per week — those options, they say, are not enough.
In a results-only company or department, employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. You make the decisions about what you do and where you do it, every minute of every day.
Here’s a video explaining ROWE, featuring employers who have adapted it:
The CEO of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonia Council, who pioneered ROWE for the organization when she came on board as CEO, recently wrote an article about her take on ROWE and workplace flexibility.
According to stats on Ressler and Thompson’s website:
- ROWE teams report an average increase of 35% in productivity by eliminating waste from systems and processes, which increases employee capacity.
- ROWE teams also experience up to a 90% decrease in voluntary turnover rates.
- Talent retention and attraction — Ressler and Thompson argue that companies in a results-only environment have a competitive advantage, as many candidates willing to be paid less money and have more freedom rather than work in a company with a traditional structure and more money.
- Optimization of space — Employees are working remotely much of the time.
- Elimination of wasteful processes — Employees will not be wasting a company’s time, money, and resources.
This may all sound too good to be true — so in our follow-up post, we’ll address some of the challenges companies who choose this route face, as well as some of your proposed challenges.
As employees of companies of all sizes (or as candidates looking for your next job), we at The Hiring Site want to get your thoughts. If nothing else, with work/life lines blurring more and more and more workers demanding (or at least requesting) flexibility and freedom in the workplace, it’s an interesting concept to start discussing.
How to Enter:
Simply answer this question in the comments below: “Do you think a results-only work environment would work at your company? Why or why not?”
Once you submit your answer, you’ll automatically be entered to win.
What Can you Win?
- One of you will win a 3-month breakfast club subscription for your team
- Two of you will win a 3-month Dunkin’ Donuts coffee subscription (that’s 2 lbs./month of regular or decaf, whole bean or ground, however you want it!)
- Four of you will win a copy of “Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It” by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson.
Entries will be accepted from 12:00 a.m. CST on Monday, May 17, 2010 until 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, May 21, 2010. Each account may only submit one answer for consideration; subsequent entries will not be considered. Spam responses will not be considered. The winner will be picked at random and notified via e-mail the week of May 24, 2010. Please read the full list of official contest rules and regulations.
Just answer this question: “Do you think a results-only work environment would work at your company? Why or why not?”
Want to hear more about ROWE? Listen to Ressler and Thompson on NPR, in a three-part story about result-only work environments.