Following the move of Yahoo, Best Buy is shortening its leash on employees that telecommute. As of Monday the nearly 4,000 Best Buy non-store employees that took part in Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) are required to receive manager approval to take part in telecommuting or flexible schedules. Prior to killing ROWE, a non-store Best Buy employee essentially self-approved their own work-at-home or flexible schedule. Like Yahoo, Best Buy has fallen as the darling of their respective industries and it clear that management is setting the tone of a more focused business.
Yahoo responded by saying the move is in the best interest for the company, it surely seems like it is necessary, considering that Yahoo has been losing ground to competitors, especially Google. Proponents of work at home programs have decried Yahoo and Best Buy’s moves considering technology makes it easier to collaborate and work anywhere.
While Best Buy is not doing away with telecommuting all together, they are requiring employees justify the need to work from home. At any rate, Best Buy and Yahoo have made it clear that sacrifices have to be made to right the course for both respective companies.