Yahoo CEO defends policy against telecommuting

  • Article by: Hanna Rosin , Slate
  • Updated: April 22, 2013 - 11:45 AM

Marissa Mayer says workers are more collaborative and innovative when they’re in an office together.

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trudgeApr. 22, 1312:06 PM

She's the boss and I like the 'one size does not fit all' attitude she has towards WFH. It might be fine for some companies, but Yahoo is in trouble and needs all hands on deck.

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schristeApr. 22, 1312:11 PM

Ms. Mayer, have you ever heard of Skype? Ok she is the CEO and can make the decisions. It's her call. However, Ms. Rosin this is NOT about women CEO's so your pity comment in the last paragraph is insulting to her and other working women.

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gloatorventApr. 22, 1312:11 PM

Which means that Yahoo has fallen behind its competitors and she wants to change their model to address it. Gutsy call for a new CEO, but a good one. Innovation is more important to Yahoo than productivity right now as an element of survival. Come up with good ideas to move Yahoo forward, and she will re-implement the flexible work plan.

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slackergalApr. 22, 1312:43 PM

Workers may or may-not be more collaborative and innovative when physically at work but at least you know that they aren't mowing their yard, running a side business during business hours, painting their house or raising their babies when they show up for work in the office.

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jdlellis1Apr. 22, 1312:47 PM

Worked for a local corporation literally spread throughout the Twin Cities in multiple facilities. The decsion was made to consolidate operations. Literally the first week, one sensed a productivy increase being able to stop by one's office, set up a meeting w/out concern over travel time and/or weather, imprompteau lunches, etc. Best of all, the ability to talk one-one-one conduct real time conversations with non-verbal ques made the organizataion feel like...an organization.

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slackergalApr. 22, 13 1:15 PM

So now when am I supposed to mow the lawn, paint the house, day trade and run that side business out of my house?

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jgmanciniApr. 22, 13 1:43 PM

Nice to see that her attitude is flexible and she has thought through what would work best for this company at this time. There are pro and cons to WFH. Hopefully, this decision will pay off for her.

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falcon1681Apr. 22, 13 2:34 PM

Her stance would be a lot easier to undertsand if she didn't throw out the "famiiy's important" garbage and if she wasn't compensated enough to build a daycare for her own chldren next to her office. Unaffordable daycare and two working parents are the primary reason that people work from home. To deny that to others but make sure you have it for yourself is the hallmark of todays right wing crowd.

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ungabangavApr. 22, 13 2:40 PM

If I have to actually havve to go to work every day when am I going to get the time to go shopping, house cleaning, golfing and get my hair done?

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clivebixbyApr. 22, 13 2:53 PM

It's interesting that she didn't mention the private nursery that she had built next to her office for her baby so it could be with her all day. I assume that would really help out with the work life balance.

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