Marissa Mayor, the ex-Google executive and the current CEO of Yahoo!, recently changed the way her company works in a lot of ways. She is still working on making changes to the company’s work structure so that it can come back up into the business. One of the changes that the CEO made to the company’s work structure was abolishing the idea of working from home. This was one of the most attractive benefits of working at a tech company. But this meant that a lot of Yahoo! Employees had to relocate their families, change their schedules, and go through a lot of work. Nobody liked it and the idea came under a lot of criticism.
But Best Buy, on the other hand, liked this idea so much that implemented the same rules in its own organization. Till now, the employees of Best Buy had the option to work from home, or from wherever and whenever they wanted, but all that is over now. They will have to show up at the corporate headquarters of the company every morning at 9 and be there till 5 in the evening to come up with something creative to increase the company’s business.
Till now, Best Buy was using a very flexible work plan, called the ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment). And after this change of cancelling work from anywhere policy, the company is said to have no ideas of bringing back ROWE ever again. Matt Furman, Best Buy’s Chief Communications Officer/Senior VP of Public Affairs, stated, “On an individual basis, an employee and a manager will have the opportunity to work out an arrangement that’s in everyone’s interests. But for the most part, the goal is to have the employees in the office whenever possible.”
ROWE released a statement saying, “In a Results-Only company or department, employees can do whatever they want whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. No more pointless meetings, racing to get in at 9:00 a.m., or begging for permission to watch your kid play soccer. You make the decisions about what you do and where you do it, every minute of every day.”
Source: Slash Gear