Benefits of Results Only Work Environment (ROWE)

Posted October 03, 2012 by

Amy Kaminski of Compdata SurveysAs economic conditions continue to slowly improve and companies are once again beginning to hire new employees to rebuild their workforce, employers across the country are looking for ways to attract and retain employees without resorting to hefty pay increases or expensive benefit plans. As a result, some employers have found that adopting a results-only work environment (ROWE) may be the key to creating an attractive work environment for employees.

ROWE evaluates employees solely on their output and not the amount of time spent in the office. Employees are free to take as much time off from work as needed as long as their established goals are being met. Employees working under ROWE are not micro-managed and hold greater accountability for the work they are producing. There have been reports of companies who, as a result of adopting ROWE, have experienced increased employee productivity and reduced voluntary turnover.

Most companies, however, still utilize the traditional work environment model, offering time-off programs such as vacation, sick and personal days to employees as a part of their benefit package. The 2012 Compensation Data Banking & Finance survey results found 56.4 percent of banking and finance industry employers accrue vacation based on years of service, with exempt employees with five years on the job receiving 14.9 days of vacation, compared to 13.8 days for non-exempt employees.

“Offering time-off benefits is a good way to boost the value of a comprehensive benefit package, while minimizing out-of-pocket costs,” said Amy Kaminski, director of marketing for Compdata Surveys. “Some employers are even offering flexible schedules or telecommuting, in addition to time-off programs, in an effort to create a more flexible work environment for their employees.”

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