Following in the footsteps of Yahoo, Hewlett-Packard announced Monday that it is rolling out a no-work-from-home policy. Why? The company apparently wants to push for a culture of engagement and collaboration -- something it seems can only happen in the office.
“We are in a multi-year journey to turn HP around, and we have put in place a plan to restore HP to growth. We know where we need to go, and we're making progress,” HP CEO Meg Whitman wrote in a note posted to the company’s website.
While some employers have concerns about allowing employees to work from home -- such as hindered communication and slacking off -- plenty of data and experts prove otherwise.
According to Inc.'s recent report, working remotely has been found to increase employee productivity on creative tasks from 11 to 20 percent. Employees also end up putting in more hours when working from home, likely because of time gained not having to commute. More than 50 percent of telecommuters worked more than 40 hours a week, compared with 28 percent of non-telecommuters.
What’s more, companies can save money, and their employees can too -- $11,000 to $2,000 a year respectively due to reduced spending on rent, transportation and other expenses.
As for employers’ telecommuting concerns around productivity, Inc. columnist Christina Desmarais has discussed why many are largely fallacies. For instance it’s better, she explains, for workers not to be able to pop into their neighbor’s cubicle so easily.
Remote working can eliminate a lot of unnecessary interruptions. Others are afraid of winding up with a group of employees slacking off from afar. To them Desmarais asks, if you don’t trust your employees to do their jobs, why did you hire them in the first place?