• Working From Home is Bad?

    Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer has ordered an end to 'remote' work as all staff are told to be in the office as part of a new era of collaboration. The goal of this is to make the company feel more youthful, and in line with trends in other offices she has worked at, most notably her previous employers, Google. They [Google] make it almost impossible to leave the office by making the workplace stunning  see some examples of how amazing Google’s Tel Aviv’s offices are here.

    Best Buy - You Can't Work From Home 
    Now we have Best Buy announcing recently that it has brought an end to a flexible work program introduced in 2005 that gave corporate employees the freedom to work when and where they chose. This programme known as Results Only Work Environment reviewed employees based only on the quality of their work.  Now, these employees will expect to work a 40 hour week and come into the office as often as they can.

    Studies Say Otherwise
    So where does that leave other companies, will they start following this trend? Well, if your company starts to clamp down on WFH then make sure the HR team read this 2013 study we dug out from Stanford (by Nicholas Blooma et al).

    The study took place at CTrip International Corporation, a leading travel agency in China with operations also in Hong Kong and Taiwan. CTrip did much more of its business on the telephone than leading U.S. agencies like Expedia, Orbitz or Travelocity. 

    CTrip was established in 1999, was quoted on NASDAQ in 2003, and was worth about $5bn at the time of the experiment. 

    The study concluded that those that did WFH generated an improvement in employee performance, worth about $375 per employee per year. Other key take outs from this report are:

    - WFH improves performance
    - Office cost savings of about $1250 per employee
    - Reduced turnover savings of about $400 per employee