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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RE: Bad Buy soon to be Long Gone
3/7/2013 4:22:55 PM
Too true. Between incompetent teenage retail workers who know absolutely nothing about the products they're selling, to tech support scams, to price gouging, to their paltry stock of garbage consumer electronics, Worst Buy will most certainly not be with us 10 years from now. If you get your paycheck from them... abandon ship while you still can.
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