Concepts like this have always fascinated me. Why is it we still stick to work schedules created for the industrial revolution when we’ve obviously entered the information economy? Could these ideas apply to everyone? No but they could make a profound difference in how we live are lives and achieve our goals.
Kelly and Moen—who published their work this week in The Journal of Health and Social Behavior—found that employees who switched to ROWE took better care of themselves. Not only did they get an extra 52 minutes of sleep before workdays on average, they were also less likely to feel obligated to work when sick and more likely to see a doctor when they needed to. And the turnover rate among employees that switched to ROWE was only 6%, compared to 11% with the control group. In addition, their increased sense of schedule control and reduced work-family conflict led to increased self-reported energy levels and decreased psychological distress.