6 Myths about Results-Only Work Environment
Over the years since we created the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE), a lot of myths and misconceptions have sprouted up. We wanted to take a moment to share some of the most common myths about ROWE and set the record straight.
1. ROWE is telework, flextime, and work from home program.
2. If people get their work done in less than 40 hours, then they need more work.
The reward for work done well… should not be MORE work (usually somebody else’s, who has fallen behind in their work). Rewarding your high performers by commanding them to do the additional work of your slackers is not a reward at all. That is punishment.
3. Not every business can be a ROWE.
We’ve already established that ROWE is not about telework. Of course, ‘working from home’ doesn’t work for all job tasks. But focusing on results does work for all jobs. To hear people say that ROWE doesn’t work for some jobs is simply saying that not everyone should focus on results. And that’s just silly.
4. Not every employee can be trusted.
It’s amazing what businesses are doing because of the obsession with tracking time; for instance, hiring private detectives to follow employees if they take a sick day. Are people really so untrustworthy? Do employees deserve to be treated like adults? There’s a good reason why people play hooky from work, and it’s because they’re being treated like children.
5. In a ROWE people will take advantage and slack off.
Quite the opposite. In fact, most companies that go ROWE see tremendous increases in productivity and efficiency. Here’s what the CEO of Ripple, had to say about employees slacking: “..no one has tolerance for non-performers anymore, and non-performers don’t have anything to hide behind. They are either getting the results, or they are not.”
What myths have you heard in defense of the traditional workplace? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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