Where should you be right now? Where are you? Simple questions that can be answered in different ways. Society says if you need to do work, you should be in an office building. If you should be with your family, then be at home.
Think about the Brady Bunch. The iconic sitcom from the 60’s. When Mike Brady needed to grab a file for a client, he HAD to be in the office. That was the only location for that file. But today, do you need to grab that document from the office? Or can you pick it up off the internet cloud from a tablet, smart phone, laptop, or from the office?
Something changed over the last 30 years. TECHNOLOGY. When my Dad started out in finance, his office didn’t have a phone. Once he received 5 calls a day, they deemed it appropriate for him to have a phone at his desk. Times have changed. Technology has changed. People have phones with them everywhere they go today.
Is the only place you do work in the office? That’s it? If your employees are focusing on results, do you care where they are?
Some organizations go by the old standard: TIME + PHYSICAL PRESENCE = RESULTS. As an HR professional, I am here to tell you that formula doesn’t work. Just because someone is in the office for 50 hours a week, it doesn’t mean they are achieving their results. It doesn’t even mean they know what they are supposed to be trying to achieve.
If employees are managed to BE in a certain location, do you know what you are getting? Why not flip it around and focus on results? If someone can do their best work from somewhere other than the office and achieve their results, why not? By shifting to a Results-Only Work Environment, or ROWE, the best things happen. Productivity increases, employee engagement soars, and customer satisfaction goes up. Use technology to help move the organization forward (and make the most of your technology investments) by focusing on results. Go ROWE.
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