Yahoo! Kills Telecommuting: What’s the Big Deal?
When word leaked that Yahoo! is banning telecommuting effective June, critics blasted the company for setting women back decades. I’m not one of those critics.
Even though I’m a great champion of working from home—and I wrote a New York Times bestselling book on the topic, one company’s decision about its home-based workers does not kill a movement toward a more flexible workplace. Further, there are many other forms of flexibility–many of which are and will continue to be available to Yahoo! employees–besides working at home.
Compressed work weeks, varied start and stop times, job sharing, reduced hours—plus perks of convenience such as the availability of fully cooked meals, access to dry cleaning services at work, back up childcare and more—all offer a form of flexibility to employees.
Every CEO is charged with improving productivity and driving innovation. If Marissa Mayer believes that’s best done with everyone working under one roof, so be it. Working from home doesn’t guarantee strong productivity nor does showing up for duty to the corporate headquarters prevent slacking.
The beauty of the American workplace is that if you strongly disagree with the boss’s decision or the company’s policies, you’re free to get another job elsewhere.
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