Book Review: Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It
Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: No Schedules, No Meetings, No Joke—The Simple Change That Can Make Your Job Terrific
By Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson
The authors, creators of the Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE) at Best Buy, convincingly present an alternative to the traditional time-oriented definition of work. They’re persuasive because they’ve made it work at their Fortune 100 company. The basic premise in a ROWE is that employees control when, where, and how they work, as long they get the job done. It’s not flextime or telecommuting, which they argue often make things worse. It’s totally eradicating the culture of time, schedules, meetings, and the nasty comments about coming in late or going home early (which they call Sludge). It’s an impassioned book, with very clear arguments and guiding principles, though not much of an operating manual. But it should, as the authors intended, get you and your co-workers thinking and setting things in motion.
Readability: 4 out of 5
Usefulness: 5 out of 5
Available at NBS Best Sellers