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Best Buy's CEO wants "all hands on deck"

Following in Yahoo's footsteps, 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.

However, 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 "end telecommuting" 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."

Source: Star Tribune



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RE: :p
By sorry dog on 3/7/2013 1:54:50 AM , Rating: 2
If their price is within 15% of online then I will usually pay the different for the convenience (Best Buy is 2 miles from my house) and ability to return items more easily.

With that said, I've probably spent under $100 in the past 3 years there due to crappy selection or price differential being greater than above. They just aren't that competitive on price and if you are going to pay more then there are usually other choices where service or selection. Seems like a case of being stuck in the middle...


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