Best Buy No Longer Allows Corporate Employees to Telecommute
March 6, 2013 3:01 PM
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Best Buy's CEO wants "all hands on deck"
, Best Buy will no longer allow corporate employees to partake in company telecommuting.
Best Buy launched the ROWE program in 2005, which stands for Results Only Work Environment. This meant that corporate employees were only evaluated on performance rather than time worked or attendance to the Richfield headquarters. This program didn't apply to store employees.
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly
has decided to end the ROWE program and start bringing corporate employees into the office. He's doing this because Best Buy has been in a rut lately, and bringing employees into the office encourages collaboration and increased innovation.
“It makes sense to consider not just what the results are but how the work gets done,” said Best Buy spokesman Matt Furman. “Bottom line, it’s ‘all hands on deck’ at Best Buy and that means having employees in the office as much as possible to collaborate and connect on ways to improve our business.”
Just last week, Best Buy laid off 400 corporate employees in an effort to save $150 million. The company also
axed thousands of jobs last year
in an effort to stay afloat financially during times where e-tailers like Amazon were taking over retail with cheaper prices and faster shipping.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer started the
trend last month when she pulled that privilege from the search company's telecommuters. She said speed and quality are sacrificed when employees work from home. In fact, an internal Yahoo email read the following:
"To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together."
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3/6/2013 5:33:58 PM
I think Automattic (WordPress) would disagree with you there. They have no offices. Everyone telecommutes and they spend the money they would have spent on facilities on big trips for the employees to have 'meetings'.
Having face time helps, but it's not what makes people work. If you're worried that your employees will slack off when the boss isn't watching, you should hire people with integrity.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I think I see my boss coming, so I need to get back to work.
3/8/2013 2:48:13 PM
I heard over the radio that the Yahoo decision was made after they had checked their VPN portal activity logs. The conclusion found: Yahoo employees "working" from home weren't working anywhere close as much when they were in the office.
3/11/2013 11:25:43 AM
Any manager with a brain would realize that's a good thing. Companies profit from what they produce. Employees of those companies should be paid for what they produce. Paying wages for effort is like trying to push a puddle uphill.
Maybe they should focus on actually delivering was customers desire instead of how hard employees work to deliver it.
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