Just when you think companies are finally coming around to the idea of work-from-home positions, the CEO of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer announces employees will no longer be able to work from home and must report to the office in June, affecting 13, 000 employees. My first thought when I heard this on the Today show was, she just set women back tens of years.
Mrs. Mayer’s reason behind this decision, was stated in an internal memo, that “The most creative and innovative ideas come from “hallway and cafeteria discussions,” Not from a conference call or a Skype session.” I’m willing to bet the conversations in the office come June will not have anything to do with creativity.
She went on to say that “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home,” she wrote. “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”
When I put the business hat on and try to see her point of view I can’t help but come up with ideas that could keep everyone happy like meeting once or twice a week in the office for the face-time she wants.
Her announcement was viewed as hypocritical and I can understand why; Mrs. Mayer had a nursery built next to her office so she can take her baby to work with her. Not only does she have to go and change the lives and routines of thousands of her employees, but she sticks it to them by adding a nursery to accommodate her needs yet nothing has been announced so far about meeting the daycare needs of those employees, I know they will not have the option to take their babies to work.
What’s Up With That
So why the move? Why now when major companies like Apple have also realized the benefits of work from home programs and implemented its own. There was even a case study conducted by IBM that showed telecommuters worked 19 more hours than in-office co-workers. And even with all that data, one of the biggest companies is pulling back their telecommuting program.
What The People Are Saying
I was looking at the comments and some people seem to think it’s a power trip while others believe she is doing what’s best for the company. Perhaps she feels she has a lot more to prove because she’s a woman.
All I know is if I had held a position like that and called the shots, I would be more inclined to listen to the needs of my employees and meet them halfway.
Let’s Talk About This
What Would You Do If You Were CEO of a company? While it’s true some jobs cannot be done from home but for the ones the can would you implement a work from home program or do you feel all employees should work in the office? How do you feel about Mrs. Mayer having a nursery next to her office? What message do you think that sends and how you do think it will affect employee moral?
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