Did you get it done?
Ferndale, WA (PRWEB) August 21, 2008
Both decisions were born of a false set of assumptions that can be expressed in the formula: Time + Physical Presence = Results.
In an industrial economy, this formula made perfect sense. In an information economy, it crumbles. Most of us can communicate anything at any time from anywhere. Work has stopped being a place you go and started to become something you do. Work is happening at all hours, across all borders and time zones. The only question anyone really wants an answer to is: "Did you get it done?"
Four-day workweeks are a start. But they aren't the answer. At a time when most of us can carry the office in our pockets, we'd like to get you thinking about a new kind of flextime in a new kind of workplace—one that measures output instead of hours.
First, the question Governor Strickland needs to ask is: What does good customer service look like? Putting the focus on results and taking the focus off of time leads to innovative problem solving. Talk about outcomes instead of schedules. If you offer a compressed workweek, don't require your employees to ask your permission for what day they choose not to work. It may sound chaotic, but if you're focused on results instead of time, then people will figure out a way to make it work. It's also crucial to embrace your employees' different work styles. Judging people on how they use their time is counterproductive. Instead treat people like grown-ups who know what's best for themselves and for business. Stop assuming that if someone's body is in the building, you are getting something out of their mind. As a business leader, would you rather have someone do rock-star work in less time or mediocre work in more?
For interviews with Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, former HR executives at Best Buy, please contact Nicole Smith of Trylon SMR at 212-725-2295.