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Is Mayer right to bring workers back to the office?

L.A. Times 2013/02/26 07:04:56
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Corporate America's most famous working mother has banned her employees from working at home. Now the backlash is threatening to overshadow the progress she has made turning around Yahoo Inc.

Marissa Mayer, one of only a handful of women leading Fortune 500 companies, has become the talk of Twitter and Silicon Valley for her controversial move to end telecommuting at the struggling Internet pioneer.

From the start, Mayer, who at 37 is one of Silicon Valley's most notorious workaholics, was not the role model that some working moms were hoping for. The former Google Inc. executive stirred up controversy by taking the demanding top job at Yahoo when she was five months pregnant and then taking only two weeks of maternity leave. Mayer built a nursery next to her office at her own expense to be closer to her infant son and work even longer hours.

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  • Mr. Smith 2013/02/26 19:02:55
    Yes
    Mr. Smith
    +19
    She's the boss, she sets the work standards and expectations. If employees don't like it, they have the freedom to trade their time and services with an employer who will allow a WFH opportunity.

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  • Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA 2013/03/05 02:05:33
    No
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Not in the way she is attempting.

    Ruling by stiff force is certainly within her rights, but if she wants to encourage collarboration and employee togetherness, the only thing she's going to accomplish is collaboration amongst the employees of poor morale and hatin' on the boss lady.

    You don't manage creative types or employees in general in this way. Not if you want to keep them happy and productive. Entice them back and make it their choice.
  • Mike Purple ... 2013/03/05 17:49:14
    Mike
    +1
    As she will learn, and will eventually have to backtrack, or be platinum-parachuted out!
  • MsDianna 2013/03/04 19:50:03
    Yes
    MsDianna
    +1
    I'm glad I'm not working anymore. When I was working you knew if you had to go work or if you did your work at home.
  • Mike MsDianna 2013/03/05 17:50:21
    Mike
    +1
    and in those days, one could also be assured of having to only work for a single employer from age 18 until retirement.
  • littlebuffalo55TBA 2013/03/03 18:51:42
    Yes
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +2
    Sure if she feels the culture at Yahoo needs to change in order to become profitable.

    It's important to note that some companies like IBM (which has been profitable as of late) gauges where an employee works based on what their actual job function is. Thousands of their employees work from home and thousands don't
  • Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of ... 2013/03/02 22:57:47 (edited)
  • Bo Latti I... 2013/03/03 07:56:15 (edited)
    Bo
    +3
    Lolz! funny gif and indeed, very messed up.

    Astonished disapproval of a bad business decision is not, imho, 'demonization'.

    Richard Branson Himself felt compelled to offer his opinion...."Perplexing and backwards move"
    A critique of her policy, not her person.

    Meyer started off well and then did a 180 degree shift to basic Victorian business model.
    Which raises the question why she now thinks regression will have better results when it
    was precisely innovations, hers!, that helped the company out it's death spiral...

    She might have done Much better to simply ask the company employees for their ideas...
    they might have actually been incredibly helpful....

    The notion that enhanced creativity requires physical presence is just plain weird coming from someone in that industry. Look at the amount of spontaneous creativity that takes place right here on SodaHead! No supervisor necessary!

    CEO's and other power types are often dismissive of company employees, i.e. people....

    While I can imagine a company with workers and without a CEO, it is not so easy
    to imagine a company with a CEO and No workers,
  • Bo Latti I... 2013/03/03 08:39:17
    Bo
    +2
    You used to be 22!
    What happened to you?
    A BIRTHDAY?
  • Latti I... Bo 2013/03/03 18:39:24
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +2
    XD

    Thank you Shinto7 :-)
  • littleb... Latti I... 2013/03/03 18:54:43
    littlebuffalo55TBA
    +3
    Hummm....staying with the same blueprint with meager results sounds like our federal governments model?
  • Latti I... littleb... 2013/03/04 17:19:23
    Latti Ice Ganga Gangsta of PHAET
    +2
    XD

    Yeah.
  • Jackie ... Latti I... 2013/03/06 13:05:05
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +2
    She has not denied them - she, at her own expense, built the room. Unlike some women who even whine about paying for their 10.00 a month birth control pills, she did not expect anyone else to pay her way. You are correct in your assessment; having people do the work they are paid to do is not a bad thing - they have lied about the hours they are working and computer records reflect it -- perhaps this is only one of the the companies problems, but one easy to fix for now
  • Maj. C. D. Hardy 2013/03/01 18:40:57
    Yes
    Maj. C. D. Hardy
    +2
    This work from home crap is BS!!! It is for lazy people who don't feel as though they need to show up for a job.
  • Bo Maj. C.... 2013/03/03 08:14:06 (edited)
    Bo
    +3
    People who work from home office often work more hours at greater productivity than the people with a 9-5 mentality, especially those of us who are self-employed.

    “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
    ― Confucius
  • Purple ... Maj. C.... 2013/03/04 13:34:51
    Purple Pinto ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Don't knock us until you've tried it. I put in very long hours, yet it has also allowed me to keep my children out of daycare.

    Talking real estate values on the phone while whipping out a PB & J. Take a break from typing to switch the load from the washer to the dryer, and work a ton of weekends and nights.

    Hardly lazy!!
  • Jimm 2013/03/01 18:11:12
    No
    Jimm
    +2
    Plain and simple...NO. It's like taking a giant step backwards in technology and working environment!!
  • Faith ~American Patriot~ 2013/03/01 16:39:05
    Yes
    Faith ~American Patriot~
    +1
    It's her choice, she's the boss. It doesn't seem like a good idea, but it's her decision to make.
  • Gloria 2013/03/01 16:38:04
    No
    Gloria
    +3
    At least the employees have until June to comply or quit.
    I wonder why she built a nursery for her own baby but what's the deal about children of employees. If parents who worked at home have to work in the office then why can't their children have nursery and day care at the office too?
    She sounds as if she is typical yuppy scum.
  • Bo Gloria 2013/03/02 01:38:38 (edited)
    Bo
    +2
    *shriek* "typical yuppy scum"

    Many thanks, Gloria, for broadening my linguistic horizon, I had No idea that phrase even existed.
    Now I do! LOLOLOLOL Sounds very FFV. or Boston Brahmin....

    So, the clever and indignant employees have six whole months to 'decide' do they? Hmm.
  • Gloria Bo 2013/03/02 21:42:05
    Gloria
    +2
    Didn't you ever see the "Die Yuppy Scum" T shirts? It's not indignant, it's realistic. Six months is better than a pink slip in yesterday's pay envelope. And what's going to happen to her if the work on site ultimatum tanks? Pink slip and a world wide bad resume!
  • Bo Gloria 2013/03/02 22:14:43
    Bo
    +3
    No, I never saw the T-shirts, it is possible to be both indignant and realistic in my opinion.
    Six months is better than a pink slip of course, and it gives them some time to come up with a better idea than hers...
  • Bo 2013/03/01 15:52:27
    No
    Bo
    +2
    Worst. Move. Ever.

    She used to work for Google.

    Maybe she still does.
  • Mike Bo 2013/03/11 17:22:26
    Mike
    +1
    Perhaps covertly.
    Judging by how far the quality of Yahoo!'s mail service, she may well still be on the Google payroll.
    Does the word saboteuse exist? LOL
  • Mike Mike 2013/03/11 17:23:36
    Mike
    +1
    ERRATUM: that's "How far the quality...has sunken"
  • Mike Mike 2013/03/20 20:13:38
    Mike
    +1
    I've now given up on Yahoo! as an e-mail provider and switched to Gmail.

    Yahoo!'s customer service is next-to-worthless!
  • Bo Mike 2013/03/26 17:46:20
    Bo
    +1
    YT & FB suck, too, and G is too big for it's britches...
  • L1 2013/03/01 12:42:43
    Yes
    L1
    +1
    It's a business, and it doesn't violate any legalities, so she can set the rules.
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2013/03/01 08:41:21
    Yes
    jerry.alan.carroll
    +2
    it is her company..she has the right to decide how she likes to run it and to make sure that she is getting the most out of her employees. too many fartin' around on facebook and Sodahead when they should be working.
  • Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL* 2013/03/01 03:54:07
    Yes
    Flamingo Flame Gem *AFCL*
    +3
    There are others who would be happy to report to the office.
  • heeheemee 2013/03/01 02:25:56
  • Mike heeheemee 2013/03/01 18:18:52
    Mike
    +1
    Everyone, but her that is!
  • mae 2013/03/01 01:47:06
    Yes
    mae
    +2
    I'm sure she has her reasons, productivity and customer satisfaction are not the least of these to apparently show little or no improvment. So, back to the office it is.
  • Bromide37 2013/03/01 01:43:58
    No
    Bromide37
    +2
    behind every good woman is a man or someone who thinks they are a man
  • Brian Decker 2013/02/28 23:39:53
    No
    Brian Decker
    +2
    Is it within her power? Yes. Is it right? No. If those people have been used to working at home, then there should be a grace period of some kind, or a transition period where they can learn to readapt to the work enviornment, or else this will do nothing to increase productivity.
  • frank 2013/02/28 22:53:09
    Yes
    frank
    +2
    As CEO she has every right to tell employees where they can do their work. You have two choses; work in the office or quite.
  • gatelime 2013/02/28 22:50:10
    Yes
    gatelime
    +1
    I don't know...I just wanted to say she's pretty cute and I'm assuming very wealthy...
    Anyone have her phone number?
  • Mike gatelime 2013/03/01 18:50:04
    Mike
    Have you ever tried to reach Yahoo! or any other social network or Internet provider by phone? Forget it!
  • gatelime Mike 2013/03/01 20:54:16
    gatelime
    +1
    I'll sexter than, I still need a number...
  • Mike gatelime 2013/03/02 11:02:36
    Mike
    That would probably also be difficult. Those companies just don't want to be reached by phone or snail-mail.
  • gatelime Mike 2013/03/02 17:56:49
    gatelime
    +1
    Damn...I'll keep looking!!!
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