Best Buy takes work-life balance to new level
If you haven’t read about it yet, Best Buy has instituted a new policy for employees in its corporate office that’s been getting a lot of attention. The program is called ROWE, which stands for Results Oriented Work Environment.
The general idea is that employees are judged based on output, not based on the number of hours in the office. Workers can basically come and go as they please without making excuses. According to J.D. Bliss’s blog, voluntary turnover has decreased significantly, while productivity is up an average of 35% since the program’s implementation.
As we’ve seen in the past few years, an emphasis on work-life balance has been more and more important for people when looking for a job. But is this taking it too far? Will employees do the bare minimum required to be considered productive, or will the flexibility motivate workers to go above and beyond?
I haven’t seen anything concrete about how employees are being paid, but presumably this program could work for both salaried and hourly employees. For salaried workers, as long as they meet their goals, they get paid. As for hourly workers, they can still work their 40 hours, but the hours could be put in overnight, or from their couches in theory, as long as the work is getting done.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this program and whether this is something that would attract you to a job. Do you think you could stay motivated enough if you could leave work whenever you felt like it?
Posted by Christy H.