Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson

Overview (from Amazon.com)
Imagine a workplace where employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. No more pointless meetings, racing to get in at 9:00, or begging for permission to watch your kid play soccer. You make the decisions about what you do and where you do it.

It sounds like a fantasy, but Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson are leading a movement to make it a reality at companies around the country. They show how a Results-Only Work Environment not only makes employees happier, but also delivers better results.

Filled with passion and common sense, their book will change the way you think about your job, your company, and your quality of life.

Why the President Should Read This Book
Curiously, George Washington might not have had to overcome the problems this book attempts to solve. Many of the problems in the modern-day workplace are the result of the Industrial Revolution and the days when many people worked in factories, wherein if you weren’t there at your post from 8 am to 5 pm, then you weren’t working or getting anything done. Although most of us no longer work in factories, somehow this mindset got drilled into us, and it is a challenge to get back to understanding that what really matters is results. If you have to be in the office 8-5, M-F, then so be it, but if you can achieve the same results working from home, three days a week, 9-3, who cares? The economy doesn’t, and that is why companies that understand this are gaining an advantage.

Our government doesn’t get it either. It is still stuck in the paradigm that came into being 100 years ago. Ideas about what constitutes “part time” vs. “full time” miss the point–time isn’t what matters. This book exposes the ridiculous thoughts we take for granted when it comes to work, and a President who understands the modern-day workplace would be better able to adjust government policies to support rather than hinder it.

  • http://www.blindfoldedmonkey.net Blindfolded Monkey

    I think the basic concept makes sense but that the authors overstate their point. Certain roles have always been judged only on results, such as commissioned salespeople. The reality though is that many jobs require face to face interaction and teamwork that requires people to keep some sort of schedule.