What’s more important when you go to work, the hours you put in or how much you get done? If the answer is the latter, you should work in what Jody Thompson calls a Results-Only Work Environment. She and her business partner Cali Ressler wrote about it in “Why Works Sucks and How To Fix It.”
While it’s hard to get bosses to stop putting value on time instead of the work, Thompson says that when they do give employees the freedom to work from home, or leave the office to take a child to the doctor, or wait until after rush hour to go to the office, the consequences are all positive. There is less turnover and fewer people going to work sick, productivity increases, and morale improves. At the end of the day, the question should not be about attendance, but about results.