NYT: Measure Results, Not Hours

At work, the gap between time spent at work and actual work produced can be increasingly large. Poor or old-fashioned managers will correlate one with the other, as can corporate culture, but the truth is – highly efficient performers should not be penalised for getting everything done during work hours. In short – not all workers are equal.

“Firms that bill by the hour are not alone in emphasizing hours over results. For a study published most recently in 2010, three researchers, led by Kimberly D. Elsbach, a professor at the University of California, Davis, interviewed 39 corporate managers about their perceptions of their employees. The managers viewed employees who were seen at the office during business hours as highly “dependable” and “reliable.” Employees who came in over the weekend or stayed late in the evening were seen as “committed” and “dedicated” to their work.”

NYT: Measure Results, Not Hours

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