Most workplaces are time based where we work for a specified time. We are paid for our time rather than the work itself. let's change it to task based workplaces where we get paid for what we do increasing efficiency and flexibility
Problem: At present most workplaces are time based where workers come to work at a specified time (generally 9 am) and leave work at a specified time ( generally 5pm). In this way workers are paid for the time they spent at the work place. This creates a number of problems in terms of inflexibility, inefficiency and logistics. When workers have to come to work at a specified time it reduces their flexibility as some people will need time in the morning to attend to their family or personal commitments. Some workers are more efficient than others and could do the same amount of work in less time but they need to be at the workplace until the closing time of the workplace either doing nothing or getting extra work. Commuting to and from workplaces at a specified time creates logistics issues such as congestion on roads and in public transport. Solution: If we can create a workplace that is task-based rather than time-based then a number of problems mentioned above could be resolved. In this approach managers should define a reasonable work assignment for employees and ask them to complete it within a specified time limit (daily, weekly or monthly). Workers will not be required to come to work unless there is a need rather they complete their assignment within the specified time limit. Benefits: • Work flexibility • Suits people’s own schedule • Good for families with kids, one partner can work in the morning the other in the evening • As a result of above reduction in childcare cost • Reduction in traffic congestions as not everyone has to go to work at the same time. • If someone finishes his/her work early in the week get rewarded in terms of getting rest of the week relaxing or doing other things. Challenges: • The biggest challenge in implementing this approach is in clearly defining the assignment, deliverables and timeframe without exploitation of workers and managers. • This approach will require re-training of managers. • It is possible that not all workplaces could be transformed to task based specifically those where physical presence is required such as customer service and assembly line jobs. However, using the current technology some level of flexibility can be achieved. For example, in a customer service job at a reception desk the attendant could communicate via a screen while looking at a camera where information sharing is required. So the challenge will be to re-imagine the way we work.