Why Work Sucks And How To Fix It

Posted by: Michelle Conlin on June 02, 2008

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A year and a half ago, I wrote a cover story about a radical workplace experiment roiling Best Buy’s headquarters in Minneapolis. Two guerrila HR types had secretly started a stealth mission to free Best Buyers from what many at the company referred to as “butt-in-chair” syndrome.

The two HR bomb throwers argued that employees should be measured on output, not hours. And that the face-time culture was utterly out of place in the digital age. Their ultimate underground project—one in which you never had to darken the doors of the workplace if you didn’t want to—radically changed the culture at Best Buy.

Shortly after the story, the nouveau thinking, HR duo—Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson—began writing a book about their excellent adventures. Comes now the book, Why Work Sucks And How To Fix It. This was one of my all-time favorite stories to report. And the book is a must for anyone serious about a cultural makeover and update.

The blogosphere is already awash in buzz. The book is officially out today. Watch for these two Un-HR HR gurus on Good Morning America tomorrow morning.

Here are some links that will take you to all that buzz:

http://www.nypost.com/seven/06022008/jobs/stop_the_clock__113610.htm

http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/19387009.html?location_refer=$sectionName

http://in.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idINN2832352020080529

http://www.brazencareerist.com/2008/06/02/what-its-really-like-in-a-results-only-workplace-environment/

http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=362

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/02/midmorning1/

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2008/05/21/no-schedules-no-meetings-enter-best-buys-rowe-part-1/

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2008/05/22/no-schedules-no-meetings%E2%80%94enter-best-buy%E2%80%99s-rowe-part-2/

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Reader Comments

Mark Salinas

June 5, 2008 10:55 AM

Ok...this one is now on my list.
Good post!

Melissa

June 12, 2008 03:14 PM

This book would highly compliment the self-help book I came across titled, "Dealing With Divas". It showed me how to start working towards an ideal working environment. Thanks for the links, I'll go check out the Buzz!

sanspeur

June 14, 2008 09:17 PM

Another feminized version on how to get around the fact that work is a pressure-filled environment. Their answer? Do away with meetings and schedules. Come on Michelle, your credability is on the line.

Bryan

January 24, 2010 11:00 AM

The workplace experiment that was conducted by Cali and Jody in this books has been remarkable and now they share us with their findings on how a work environment should be. This a well documented, well written book packed with a very entertaining style that will not bore you and read page by page with high enthuism until the very end.

So I personally highly recommend this book if you really want to make a dramatic changes in your workplace.

Cheers,
Bryan Dermott
Naruto Kunai

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