Saturday, 1 September 2007

IBM - They Don't Track Your Vacation Balance?!

Great post on The Career Revolution (commenting on a New_York_Times article) which anyone who was noticed my previous posts on Ernst & Young's holiday policy or Semco's approach to flexible working may find interesting.

"IBM don't mandate how many hours you work in a day or work week. And second, they don't mandate which days of the week you decide to work. Third, they don't mandate where you get the work done - at home, Starbucks, or in one of the "e-mobility centers" around the world.

Instead, for the past few years, employees at all levels have made informal
arrangements with their direct supervisors, guided mainly by their ability to get their work done on time. Many people post their vacation plans on electronic calendars that colleagues can view online, and they leave word about how they can be reached in a pinch."

The blog's author, Michael Wolfe, asks the same question I pose in my two posts: if it works so well, why aren't companies all around the world doing this?

Perhaps it's the same reason that so many companies are banning Facebook - there's a long way to go before they're ready to treat employees as adults.