Happy Workers

Retailer Wakes to Flextime




Though flexible work schedules aren’t new, a twist on the idea at Best Buy known as a “results-only work environment” promises to transform corporate culture for the better. This new experiment seeks to demolish the age-old business dogma that equates physical presence with productivity. A more enlightened goal judges performance on output instead of hours. Staff can show up on a variable schedule to work their own peak hours and even leave early, whatever works to ensure that they’re able to function at their best.

Similar innovations at IBM, AT&T and Sun Microsystems demonstrate both that employees are happier and real estate expenses shrink as employers realize that it’s not necessary for everyone to be present at the same time. A recent study by Boston Consulting Group showed that 85 percent of the responding executives expect a big rise in the number of unleashed workers through the next five years. “This is like TiVo for your work,” says Jody Thompson, who developed the Best Buy program.


Source: www.NewsTarget.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Swedes’ Solution

Wary of the high personal costs of long workweeks, Swedish employers are switching to six-hour workdays, and report happier employees that maintain their productivity.

OM MBA

To boost employee productivity, morale and health, corporations as diverse as Aetna, Google and General Mills now supply courses on meditation and yoga.

Smiley Faces

Workers that laugh together bond more, heighten creative input and become better problem-solvers.

Nearing Equality

The gender pay gap is eroding—women now earn 82 percent as much as men, up from 64 percent in 1980.

Decisions, Decisions

Women’s ability to make fair decisions amidst multiple and competing interests tend to make them better corporate leaders, researchers have found.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags