Just when we thought we'd heard it all, out comes this one:
Oct 8, 2013, 6:58am PDT
Hewlett-Packard curbs work from home, echoing Yahoo policy
HP CEO Meg Whitman might face similar backlash for a change in the work-from-home policy.
Vincent Lara-Cinisomo, Web contributor
Hewlett-Packard Co. is discouraging employees from working at home, telling them they should return to the mothership if they can. The policy echoes Yahoo's decision earlier this year to end work-from-home for most employees.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, who was appointed in 2011, is trying to return some luster to the company's faded Silicon Valley brand (and share price). In that regard, she finds herself in the same position as Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who in February announced that employees who worked from home would have to return to the office. The goal? To foster collaboration and accelerate the company's attempt to reinvigorate itself.
The HP memo said, “During this critical turnaround period, HP needs all hands on deck. We recognize that in the past, we may have asked certain employees to work from home for various reasons. We now need to build a stronger culture of engagement and collaboration and the more employees we get into the office the better company we will be.”
Whitman is expected to address the change Wednesday at a meeting with analysts in San Francisco.
A source told AllThingsD that HP isn't instituting an outright ban on working from home. Neither did Yahoo, since some employees were granted exemptions.
Mayer received both criticism and praise when she curbed working from home. Critics said the move alienated some talented workers. Advocates said she effectively washed out less dedicated, motivated employees and had signaled a needed cultural change.
It's unclear how many employees would be affected by Hewlett-Packard's new policy. According to AllThingsD, HP employs more than 300,000 globally. Yahoo had about 11,700 when it made its policy change and some reports indicated about 10 percent of workers were affected.
Chuck House, shown here with son Warren, is co-author with Raymond Price, of THE HP PHENOMENON: INNOVATION and BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION (2009, Stanford University Press). He is Exec Director of InnovaScapes Institute, which published his memoir of HP Colorado Springs, PERMISSION DENIED, in 2013. House, Chancellor Emeritus of Cogswell Polytechnical College, was also executive director of Media X, Stanford University's research program on innovation, media and technology. Previously director of Intel Corporation’s Virtual Collaboratory, EVP R/D at Dialogic, President of Spectron Microsystems, SVP at Veritas Software and Informix Software after 29 years at Hewlett-Packard in a wide variety of roles. An IEEE Fellow for Logic Analysis technology, he also was President of ACM, the world’s largest Computer Science society, and is an ACM Fellow. He holds HPs only Medal of Defiance, awarded by David Packard for "extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty". Other awards include Engineer of the Year, Smithsonian Wizard of Computing, Top 50 inventions of 20th century, CNN top 25 inventions of past 25 years, Intrapreneuring Honor Roll