Results-Only Working: Is this the future?
The workplace is changing. Dramatically. The Coronavirus pandemic has already caused a seismic shift in working culture, with 1000s of companies forced to switch to remote working to keep things running. But, before everyone jumps on board with the work-from-home movement, it would be wise for every business owner to question ‘is this really the best way forward?’. Shouldn’t the focus always be on RESULTS?
Could this be the answer?
Long before the pandemic reared its head, a revolutionary approach was percolating in the business world thanks to Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson’s acclaimed book: Why Work Sucks and How to Fix it – The Results-Only Revolution.
Introducing the methodology ROWE (Results Only Work Environment ™), Thompson – a world-recognised future workplace expert and changemaker – presents a fresh approach to achieving a thriving business, and a productive and fulfilled workforce.
Brace yourselves: ROWE is rooted in freedom and trust, allowing people to work in the best way they see fit to get the job done. It questions the old-school mindset that ‘time equals value’, and places personal accountability at its core.
For the brave-hearted business owner, it could not only be the key to happy and productive employees, but it could also give you a competitive edge in your industry. Here are some of the proven results of implementing the ROWE methodology:
- Everyone intuitively strives for efficiency and excellence, because they personally benefit from working that way.
- Time is not wasted on meaningless meetings and timewasting interactions, because they have no value to the individual and are disrespectful to other people’s time.
- Everyone works together in a team because ‘my work and your work’ becomes ‘our work’.
- Working smarter generates innovative solutions from the people doing the work and promotes the natural talents and resourcefulness of individuals and teams alike.
What could possibly go wrong?
Naturally, a business owner might feel uncomfortable about empowering their employees. The biggest concern being whether an employee will be accountable if they’re not physically present. “How do I know if they’re actually working?”. But this misses the point. It’s not about the work. It’s about the results. “How do I keep track of where my employees are?”. Again, it’s not about tracking where they are, it’s about tracking the results (and there is a myriad of tech tools like Projects and To-Do lists that make this easy).
It’s simple, it’s radical. But it might just be the cultural shift that lays the foundation for better business all round. Using ROWE, you stop judging employees based on their time in the office and switch to focusing on the quality of their work – and helping them to become a better employee.
It’s all about the culture
Culture is arguably the most important thing in any organisation. A healthy working culture allows a business to thrive, from the inside out. Some of the world’s most successful companies are built around culture.
In recruiting, a positive working culture can attract the best and brightest employees. Take the Millennials for example; studies show that they look at the world of work through a completely different lens. ROWE is aligned to a younger workforce, giving them the freedom and autonomy to be their best selves. But it’s not just about the younger generation. What employee wouldn’t value the chance to never again have to say to a loved one “I’m sorry I can’t be there. I have to work”?
Whilst ROWE might not be for the faint-hearted, it’s a methodology that deserves a second look from anyone wanting to improve their business. If you’re intrigued and would like to delve deeper into the concept, visit the GoROWE website or get in touch, my team have operated in ROWE for over 18 months now. This isn’t theory, my business proves it works.