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Why Face Time Should be Eliminated

I had the most productive day today, even though I was in my office for a very brief period of time. I organized my time so that I could accomplish key items on my to-do-list. I then rewarded myself with permission to take time to smell my newly seeded lawn.

I recall many a day, when I worked in corporate America, where I would sit and rearrange the papers on my desk so that I looked busy until quitting time. Of course as soon as the boss went out the door I exited.

If you are still measuring your employees in face time then you are missing the boat. Instead, try looking at results. You will be amazed how much gets done when people know they are free to leave when their work is complete.

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  1. Posted May 11, 2008 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    YES! The importance of face time is left over from the Industrial Age, and must be eliminated.

    You nailed it on the head – there are people that could be showing their faces for 12 hours a day…and doing absolutely nothing. On the other hand, there could be people showing their faces for an hour a day that are top performers.

    Results talk – they tell the story. Face time means absolutely nothing.

    Great post!

    Cali and Jody
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  2. Posted May 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    For all you people who think this can’t be done…Check out link to

    These are the women that created ROWE at Best Buy. I saw the results when I was speaking at Best Buy last month. Impressive!

  3. Posted May 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    I definitely agree that people should be judged by their results and not the number of hours that they spend at work, however I don’t agree that face time should be eliminated because of it.

    My experience is that, when people have too much latitude, they lose focus on their work responsibilities, in favor of more pressing personal needs. Only a small percentage of people can actually produce better at home, than they do at work, and that’s because they have great discipline and commitment to job performance.

    I’ve organized many small teams, where highly focused, in person, work was the order of every day. I’ve consistently out-produced both my competition, and clients’ employees using this method.

    I appreciate the post, but respectfully disagree with the ratiocination.

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