Some people are able to live a life of flexible work hours and location independence without being self employed.
How do they do it? They’re some of the lucky few who’s employers have embraced a “results-only work environment” (or ROWE).
ROWE is a radical new way of working that focuses on results instead of face time. ROWE in practice means “each person is free to do whatever they want, whenever they want as long as the work gets done.”
This new work environment is potentially the ultimate in work-life balance and freedom for the cubicle dweller. It’s a boon to highly-productive people, and it may be just what corporate America needs to stop from losing their best employees to smaller companies, startups, self-employment and freelancing.
The results-only work environment is a new invention, and so far it hasn’t been widely implemented. It was created by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson and explained in their book, Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It.
ROWE has most notably been implemented at Best Buy, the Fortune 100 electronics retailer, where all 4,000 of their headquarters-based staff have become unleashed. The experiment began seven years ago, when Ressler was just a 24-year old new hire at Best Buy.
So far, the results have been impressive. The authors of the program claim productivity being up an average of 41% on ROWE teams. Employees and managers alike seem to absolutely love ROWE where it has been implemented. Voluntary turnover at ROWE companies decreases by up to 90%.
Why Doesn’t Every Company Go Results-Only?
So, if the results are so impressive, why isn’t it being more