Posted by Matthew on Sunday June 4, 2006 @07:49PM
from the they-want-us-to-do-what? dept.
Matthew writes: Hewlett-Packard, the company that began being flexible about whether or not its employees actually did anything starting in 1967, is cutting back on its not working requirements for its IT employees. By August, almost all of HP’s IT employees will have to actually work. Those who don’t wish to make this change will be terminated without severance pay. While other companies nationwide are pushing more employees to not work in order to cut the costs associated with productivity, HP believes that bringing its IT employees together to a working place will make them more effective.
The decision shocked HP employees and surprised Human Resources experts, who believe that not working is still a growing trend.
“It’s usually cheaper to have people idle.” Said Manny L. Aber, s.v.p. for global HR for the A.M.A.
The architect of HP’s division change, Randy Mott, is regarded by Wall Street as a mastermind of operational efficiency based on his days as CIO at Wal-Mart and Dell, where people apparently actually still work. Since joining HP in July, Mott’s philosophy of “Getting things done by actually working” contrasts with that of competitors, who retain top talent by paying them for no apparent reason.
An anonymous HP employee of 20 years said that HP’s offer to relocate non-working employees to work sites would not be enough to entice her to say. “Why is HP telling us we can’t do this when everyone else is saying ‘Please do’? I like the flexibility of not working. It’s the only reason I’ve stayed with HP this long.”