Watch output, not hours

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Odds are, if you haven’t yet allowed employees to work remotely, you will soon. Roughly three-quarters of employers predicted in a recent survey that the number of telecommuters in their office would go up next year.

Former HR executives at Best Buy and authors of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It believe it’s a good start.

What they’d like to see, though, is a workplace that measures output rather than hours. “Did you get it done?” should be all that matters.

“Stop assuming that if someone’s body is in the building, you are getting something out of their mind,” they say.

Putting the focus on results and taking the focus off time leads to innovative problem solving. “Would you rather have someone do rock-star work in less time or mediocre work in more?”

— Adapted from “Count Results, Not Hours,” Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, BusinessWeek.

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