Hewlett-Packard reducing homeworking ‘to create a more connected workforce’

HP reduces homeworking ‘to create more connected workforce’

October 11, 2013

Tech giant Hewlett-Packard wants staff to ditch homeworking and return to the office – to connect the workforce.

The US-based computing firm hasn’t placed an outright ban on staff working from their homes but, according to reports, the rules are being tightened.

CEO Meg Whitman is taking measures to turn around the business and sees a greater collaboration as an integral cog in that process.

The firm believes a subtle shift in emphasis from home to office working “will help create a more connected workforce and drive greater collaboration and innovation”.

HP CEO Meg Whitman
HP CEO Meg Whitman

According to website AllThingsD, a question and answer document has been circulated to employees explaining the change in approach.

It states: “During this critical turnaround period, HP needs all hands on deck.

“We recognise 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. Belief in the power of our people is a core principle of the HP Way Now.

“Employees are at the centre of what we do, we achieve competitive advantages through our people.

“HP has amazing employees who are driving great change. We believe the more employees we have working together, the better for HP and our customers.”

HW has more than 300,000 staff worldwide and it is not yet known how many this new approach will effect.

However it has been suggested that HP has struggled to find office space for its entire workforce, prompting the need for homeworking amongst employees.

The statement added: “This effort is part of the company’s cultural shift and will help create a more connected workforce and drive greater collaboration and innovation.

“In some major sites thereto large amount of underutilized workspace and we want to make the best use of our space.

“HP will maintain flexible work arrangement options, but with greater clarity and consistency about how to use them.”