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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

R.O.W.E. (Results Only Work Environment)

Time Waits for No One - by Keshida Layone (
Why does everyone work an 8 hour day in the United States? Is it really the case that a doctor, a plumber, an office worker, and a truck driver all require exactly 8 hours to do their work? There is another way.

Using results only work environment or Rowe for short, employees are paid for their actual work done instead of the number of hours that they are at their work location. I remember in my first job out of high school waiting alongside the rest of my department next to the punch clock 15 minutes before it was 5 o'clock. The last 15 to 30 minutes of that day was completely unproductive about the company and for its employees since everyone was just waiting around for the clock to say 5 p.m. so we can all go home. Thinking back now it was such a silly waste of time.

Instead of work being based on time, a much more efficient strategy is work based on tasks and goals that need to be accomplished.

I found this great Youtube interview of one of the creators of the ROWE, Jody Thompson:

Do you know of someone who works in a ROWE?
Would a ROWE be a good idea for your company?

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