First it was Yahoo, and then it was Best Buy. Both companies have made major policy changes in the past two weeks that will affect tens of thousands of employees.
Yahoo said it wants all employees to work from the office, not at home. And this week, Best Buy is ending its ROWE (Results-Only Work Environment) flexible-schedule program.
Since Minnesota has the highest percentage of telecommuters in the country, this is an issue that affects a lot of people here. And people have very strong opinions on both sides of the issue.
Cali Ressler is the brainchild behind ROWE. She came up with the idea, along with a fellow HR employee, when they worked at Best Buy. They have since left and started their own company -- CultureRx -- that focuses on ROWE in the workplace.
They clearly think the move by these two CEOs is a sure why to kill employee morale, productivity and results.
As Cali wrote this week: "We think it's unfortunate, if not downright silly, that Best Buy has made the decision to discontinue operating as a Results-Only Work Environment for corporate employees. They are sending a clear message that they are more concerned with having leadership excel at monitoring the hallways, rather than building a leadership team that excels at defining clear, measurable results, and holding people accountable for achieving those results."
So why is ROWE beneficial to workplaces, and what are some of the drawbacks?
Google and Apple are the two giants in the world right now and they want all hands on-deck at their companies, saying being together increases innovation and profit.