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A Better Way for HP to Boost Performance

Meg Whitman, chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard.
Meg Whitman, chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard.Photograph by Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg

Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Meg Whitman has rekindled the debate over whether to telecommute with a memo urging employees to show up at the office more often. She wrote that “HP needs all hands on deck” to foster engagement and collaboration during its turnaround.

Whitman joins Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer in blaming telecommuting for all-too-common issues, such as silo mentality and mediocre effort, which hobble business performance.