So how can you define a great place to work? It begins with creating a work environment that enables and encourages all employees to regularly refuel and renew themselves, both on and off the job. That will make them capable of bringing the best of themselves to work.
But here’s what most men still don’t fully get: It’s not a level playing field. I’m not referring to opportunities for women at the highest level in companies, or equal pay, both of which fall far short of where they should be. What I mean is the demands that working women face compared with men.
Mr. Laloux’s distillation of the common practices that characterize these companies provides a rich road map for organizational reinvention. But his descriptions of how these companies actually work — including the voices of their employees – are what make the book most compelling and convincing.
When leaders model in their own behavior sustainable ways of working, the effect on those they lead is far bigger.
Valuing and encouraging renewal requires no financial investment. What it does require is a willingness among leaders to test their longstanding assumption that that performance is best measured by the number of hours employees puts in...