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Is Telecommuting over?

Posted by Monico Flores | March 12, 2013 8:30 AM

Bringing the sheep back home!

Telecommuting has been on the rise in the last few years, but recently Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer announced that Yahoo employees who work from home or anywhere are now relocated to the company’s facilities. “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home,” you can read in the memo sent to employees from HR Head Jackie Reses.

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The same happened at Best Buy who also recently followed suit by ending its Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) program, which allowed employees to set their own hours and work from anywhere as long as they got the job done. “It makes sense to consider not just what the results are but how the work gets done,” Best Buy spokesman Matt Furman told the StarTribune. “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.”

There are opinions on both sides of the fence, with some arguing that working from home can be more productive, as there are less distractions.  While others would argue that productivity can only be archived when working in centralized groups.

Let’s face it, we have all in our lives needed time during the regular business hours of a work day to stay at home.  Whether it be due to stay with your sick child, or wait for the delivery of that new refrigerator that you ordered from the big-box megastore last week end. There is no reason these obligations could penalize your work since you are perfectly able to organize your agenda and work while waiting for the refrigerator's delivery.

The dark side of these situations would come from those that may abuse this right, and spend their work day playing a few rounds of golf instead of working on that important PowerPoint presentation that is due next week.

Part of this change in methodology and the return to the office policies may stem in part due to the lack of visibility by managers to know exactly what their employees are doing - or not doing - during regular office hours.

It is all about taking back control and assure managers that everything is well monitored. There is nothing more uncomfortable than not knowing or not seeing, isn't it? 

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Through Cimpl (SaaS), we can now give back that visibility that managers may have lost. Indeed, Cimpl provides an industry leading cost management software, specialized in telecommunications and IT. Providing visibility into what and how employees use the company’s telecomunications and IT assets.

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Topics: Company Culture, Telecom Expense Management, Telecommuting, tem

Written by Monico Flores

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