Best Buy Ends Work-From-Home Program

Source: Julianne Pepitone / CNN Money

Marissa Mayer might be a trendsetter. Just one week after the Yahoo CEO banned telecommuting at her company, Best Buy is ending its own flexible work program.

Unlike Yahoo’s blanket policy, Best Buy (BBYFortune 500) said some of the 4,000 non-store employees who took advantage of its work-from home program still may be able to telecommute or set flexible schedules. But as of Monday they’ll no longer have the freedom to make those decisions without a manager, as they had in the past.

“It used to be a right about which a manager had no say. Now it’s a conversation,” Best Buy spokesman Matt Furman said in an email. “We believe in employee flexibility but are looking for it to come in the context of a conversation between that employee and their manager.”

Best Buy’s terminated program, called Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), was enacted in 2005 to great fanfare. It drew praise from flexible-schedule advocates and garnered a BusinessWeek cover story the following year.

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