Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Telecommute...Banned

Last year, I wrote about the brave new superwoman, Marissa Mayer.  This post isn't going to be so glowing. 

Mayer caused quite a stir this week.  She will no longer allow Yahoo employees to work from home.  This is the same woman who has a 5 star nursery set up next to her office, because, after all, her baby may need her.

I'm not going to review all the stats that show how productive telecommuting workers can be.  I just want to rant about how ridiculous a policy this is.  If I were a Yahoo employee, I would be really pissed off.  Actually, I'm not a Yahoo employee and I'm still really pissed off. 

It is unfortunate that a closely watched leader such as Mayer could make such a lame move.

While I understand the need for face time at the office, banning all telecommuting arrangements seems to be an inflexible decision that could cost Yahoo some dedicated employees. Hopefully the backlash will help draw attention to the need for flexibility in the workplace. And hopefully other struggling companies don't decide to follow Yahoo's lead.

1 comment:

Deb CG said...

Yep. Pretty much LAME.