Yahoo CEO Bans Working From Home
Are employees more or less productive when out of office?
Web2Carz Contributing Writer
Published: March 5th, 2013
ahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made waves this week when she announced that working from home would no longer be allowed within the company. There are varying claims for the reasoning behind the move, but the two most popular are that a) employees were not logging into the company's VPN network and, as implied, were not being productive, and b) that a company needs face-to-face interaction if creativity and camaraderie is to be born.
There are a few issues, however. First, the idea that a company is measuring its employees' productivity via a time-clock and nothing else. Shouldn't a company measure its workers' output via project goals or other parameters that could prove work is actually being done?
Second, this new rule poses a problem for those work-at-home staff who have children and have maintained an adequate amount of work accomplished throughout their tenure of working from home. What are they to do, since their pay will not increase with the new rule, but they will have added childcare costs? Mayer brings her own child to work, and the baby stays in a personal nursery that was built next to Mayer's office. While in any office, it is the boss who makes the decisions, what Mayer has done with the nursery and the new rule is create a sizeable rift between her and her employees.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has banned working from home, which has upset many employees, but has others thankful that the workload will likely balance out.
The ban will affect a "small percentage" of people who work for Yahoo, primarily customer service reps and staff who live in cities where Yahoo does not have an office.
Except...what are those staffers who live in a Yahoo-less city supposed to do?
Many workers have voiced their opinions on the matter, saying they feel as though a bait-and-switch tactic has been pulled; they were told they'd have a flexible work environment, and suddenly, they do not. Now, employees have til June 1st to comply with the new rules or quit. There is seemingly no third option for them.
Some are worried it could set a dangerous precedent, since the ban is coming from a working mother. Some are worried that in offices, where maternity leave is often already at a premium, working mothers will be given even less flexibility -- Mayer, after all, only used two weeks of maternity leave before returning to work.
Others aren't as upset, though. Some employees have pointed out that there was too much flexibility, and sometimes they'd look for managers to answer questions only to find their managers were nowhere to be found. Other times, they'd notice that employees were doing very little work while out of the office.
Regardless of what employees think about it, working from home is generally a privilege, and even if they're upset over the decision, it is ultimately Mayer's choice how she wants to run the show. That being said, we foresee a round of layoffs coming up, as those employees that were (as is inevitable) slacking off are found out.