Can ‘results only’ flexible working deliver the goods?

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When organisations introduce flexible working, it usually involves incremental change to working hours or location. Staff are given some flexibility around set times and places, but their tasks and direction are still largely set by line managers.

However some employers now go way beyond offering flexible working. Under ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) employees are made aware of the company’s goals and expectations and then they undertake tasks in the way they think will achieve the best results – and during the hours and at the location they choose.

This article by Vicki Arnstein examines how companies in the UK and US are giving employees far greater autonomy in their roles, and how this impacts on their business.

 

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