I was first inspired when I read Jim Collins' book How the Mighty Fall and he talks about employees who look at their work as a responsibility rather than a job (see my August 28, 2009 post "Job or Responsibility").
In Daniel Pink's newest book Drive he writes convincingly about motivation and how people accomplish their work. The book is fascinating. There is one section of the book where he introduces Jeff Gunther, CEO of Meddius a small company based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Gunther decided to make his company a "results-only work environment" or ROWE. In Dirve Pink states "ROWEs are the brainchild of Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, two former human resources executives at retailer Best Buy. In a ROWE workplace, people don't have schedules. They show up when they want. They don't have to be in the office at a certain time—or any time for that matter. They just have to get their work done. How they do it, when they do it, and where they do it is up to them."
Can this really work? Get a copy of Drive and learn much much more about how people are motivated.