Marissa Mayer's new policy banning employees from working at home has ignited a firestorm.
Maureen Dowd of the New York Times writes: "Mayer's bold move looks retro and politically incorrect."
While Virgin CEO Richard Branson calls the policy "backwards" and says,"Yours truly has never worked out of an office, and never will."
Perplexed by Yahoo! stopping remote working. Give people the freedom of where to work & they will excel virg.in/fww
— richardbranson (@richardbranson) February 25, 2013
The Donald weighed in, tweeting:
.@marissamayer is right to expect Yahoo employees to come to the workplace vs. working at home. She is doing a great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2013
Out front tonight: Two high-profile working mothers who have no shortage of opinions on this: Bonnie Fuller, editor, hollywoodlife.com and CNN Contributor and Democratic Strategist Hilary Rosen.
Maybe she just wants people to quit so she doesn't have to pay severence to cut overhead.
I've had the opportunity to work from home and I will say that I work HARDER when I am home than when I am at work. There is the notion that they will think that I'm goofing off since I'm home, so I ensure that I am clearly productive.
The opposite happens when in the office. There are many more social disruptions which keep one from being productive. People stopping by your office/desk to chat. Your boss stopping by for idle conversations, etc.
Working remotely can be considered a success if productivity is measurable. If there is a project with a deadline and clear tasks/expectations, then an employee who completes their project on deadline can be considered to have been productive.
Shouldn't matter if they were out of the office or off-site. Were they measurably productive on site?
Just my two cents!
I happen to agree with Marissa. When a company is struggling as Yahoo may be, bring the troops into the office. More positive work will and can be done there than at home, babysitting the kids, animals etc. I spent 30yrs in corp, before cell lphones and laptops.