Yahoo! and the Telecommuting Debate


Today - Season 62It’s no surprise that many are taking notice and reacting strongly to Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s new ban against telecommuting. Her decision is largely against the growing tide of companies embracing flexible work schedules in their policies. Mayer’s argument? According to a leaked copy of a Yahoo memo from its head of Human Resources, Jackie Reses, “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.”

Creative professionals are often ideal candidates to work from home, so this debate really got us thinking. Would teams collaborate more effectively and produce better, fresher ideas if they were physically together? Well, there’s support that’s not the case.  NBC News’ John Schoen reports: By focusing more on measuring how well employees are doing their job, and worrying less about where the work gets done, companies with flexible work policies are seeing productivity go up, according to human resources experts.

In a Forbes article, “4 Reasons Marissa Mayer’s No-At-Home-Work Policy Is an Epic Fail,” Peter Cohan points out that Yahoo employees are feeling demoralized. Demoralized employees aren’t likely to give their all, and we’d bet Yahoo is going to see an exodus of unhappy workers on the look-out for a company that supports them both professionally and personally.

We’d love your input: Does your creativity spike when physically surrounded by other creatives? Where do you feel you get the most work done? How important is working from home to you?

Let us know! Unlike Yahoo!’s recent tones, we value what our employees have to say.

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