Title: Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: No Schedules, No Meetings, No Joke–the Simple Change That Can Make Your Job Terrific
Author: Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson of CultureRx.com
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business
Where Stacie’s Copy Came From: Personal Collection
Plot Basics: ROWE – aka Results Only Work Effort – is an alternative view of what work could be like. It’s the method of management used by Best Buy and was grown from the bottom up.
Banter Points: Imagine a work force that focuses only on results rather than time in the chair or hours logged. All nighters only matter if they produce results worth of the effort. Your time is entirely your own, run according the results that you need to post.
I really don’t know if I could work this way. As a boss, do I really know what I expect of my people? I mean, if they were measured on their results and not their time logged, is it okay if they work less than 40 hours? If I’m measured the same way, how do I know what to work on? When do I go home? How does my team function if I’m not there?
And that’s what makes the concept great. As long as the results are achieved, the effort doesn’t matter. The concept is explained in great detail in this title. As an introduction to a results only work effort, I really appreciated the guidance and fell in love with the idea. How cool would it be to have control over your own time again? To work when you wanted to and to not feel guilty about leaving early or arriving late since those designators are really arbitrary.
I’ve been fortunate to work for bosses who think this way, mostly. But this book plunges into the full idea of everyone focusing on results and anything that needs to be done to achieve the results – even if it means a complete revamping of the way we measure and think about work.
Bummer Points: As wonderful as the concept is, it’s really hard to figure out how to execute from this title. I like the thought provoking nature of the book, but I feel like the next step was missing. One of the analogies was to think about a ROWE like college. You scheduled your classes according to offerings and your objectives – those are like meetings. Outside of that, you did the assignments and worked as much or as little as you needed (do you want an A or a B? Are you naturally good at it? Or do you need to put in more effort than a friend does for the same grade?)
I just don’t know how practical a book like this is unless you are really in a position to make and lead change at an organization.
Stacie’s Recommendation: Go for it. It is certainly a thought provoking book and one that will make you think about the way your previously considered your life.