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Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: No Schedules, No Meetings, No Joke--the Simple Change That Can Make Your Job Terrific Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 29, 2008
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Timothy Ferriss, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek
ROWE is a chance for everyone to learn a better way to work. It encourages people to contribute rather than just show up and grind out their days.
Brad Anderson, CEO, Best Buy (from the Foreword)
Now, this changes everything. Buy this book. Act on what you read.
Cindy Froggatt, author of Work Naked
This is like TiVo for your work.
It is a fundamental shift away from face time or chair time to just one consideration: Did the employee get the job done?
The freedom, employees say, is changing their lives. They dont know if they work fewer hourstheyve stopped countingbut they are more productive.
A remarkably persuasive and mind-bending book. Family-friendly, too.
Joan Blades, cofounder MomsRising.org and Moveon.org
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Cali and Jody have a done a wonderful job of sharing with us what the "work environment" should and can be.
I had the good fortune of starting my own consulting/training at 25. My three partners and I grew the company to 180 employees. Like in Cali and Jody's Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), a key was TRUST. My partners and I trusted each other, we trusted our employees, and our employees trusted us and each other. Everyone worked hard, had fun, and, for the most part, thrived professionally and personally. We were a family.
At the beginning of the book I thought a ROWE sounded wonderful, could work in small entrepreneurial organizations, but I was skeptical a ROWE could develop in larger organizations. As I progressed though the book my skepticism diminished.
Cali and Jody clearly state their case;
* the importance of RESULTS over time worked
* the power of INDIVIDUAL CONTROL
* the impact of negative comments, aka SLUDGE
* the 13 GUIDEPOSTS that make a ROWE
* stories and insights from Best Buy employees working in a ROWE.
You owe it to yourself, your coworkers, company and family to read this book. I suggest you read it with a "why not" attitude. You may want to read it quickly, think about it for a week or two assimilating the benefits of a ROWE and then read it again when the concept seems less radical.
As Jody and Cali point out, a ROWE can't be mandated from the top down, it comes from the bottom up and grows organically throughout an organization. You could be the Jody and Cali in your organization.
The book is simply 'Work wherever, whenever and however you want as long as you produce the desired results. The hardest part being Sludge, the desire to judge co-workers by how long or how much they are in the office working.
Having said all that, after reading the book (and visiting their blog) I ended up ordering 8 additional copies of the book. I'm lending them to co-workers, and even upper management, for them to read. I'm not influencing them whatsoever, but simply state they are free to read the book and form their own opinions.
Guess what? So far, the ideas and discussions are flowing non-stop!
A good deal of us work in jobs where we put in "face time". We all know people who got promoted because of face time and not because of results. We are entering a period where the global economy and the fast pace of change in the world are not going to let companies get by with this. Why? Because the new generation of workers (Gen X and Gen Y) aren't going to put up with it. They will simply leave for greener grounds.
As a company, you can either be scared of what is happening and do nothing and go out of business, or you can adapt to the change and not only survive -- but THRIVE. ROWE is one of those changes.Read more ›
At the end of the day ROWE is not a corporate program or package, but an effort to challenge our notions through "Eradicating Sludge" (as Ressler and Thompson fondly call it). Many companies have taken small-steps to address the challenges of the 21st century workplace (experiments with telecommuting, flexible work hours, etc.). This is the story of a quantum leap to where the workplace needs to be. A place where all businesses will ultimately be when our old notions of work are shattered. Best Buy shows that companies that lead this transition have lots to gain!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed the read- all about the attitude one brings to work instead of the work we do. Shared it with several co-workers and they enjoyed it too!Published on November 10, 2013 by Gail Sampsell
While the concepts is this book make great sense it ends up being a lot like the idea of Communism. Looks great on paper and if everyone did what they were supposed to it would... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Joel B
This is one of the best business books I have ever read, both down to earth and passionately written. Read morePublished on March 26, 2011 by Jayne
Although I enjoyed some of the concepts, the type of work arrangement that they write about simply cannot work in every type of industry or job. Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Patrick J. Neals
MUST READ THIS - and give it to your boss to read too!
It changed my attitude 100%!!!
The book does an excellent job in introducing a - hopefully - revolutionary way of working: the Results Only Work Environment (ROWE). Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by Bob Jones
I teach personal development to employees which basically means the answers to a more rewarding, productive life at home and work is within themselves. Read morePublished on November 25, 2010 by D. Johnson
The book was exactly what I've been looking for! Finally, a philosophy that treats the workforce like adults instead of children who need to be watched over - what could be better... Read morePublished on October 7, 2010 by KE
Came in a timely manner...good price considering it was double the price at the school bookstore.Published on October 4, 2010 by M. Dawson