Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do )

Subject: Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do )
From: Anne Robotti <arobotti -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 07:32:12 -0500

I don't really understand why she has to throw the baby out with the bath
water. If the object is to increase the innovation and idea generation that
come with face-to-face meetings, why not start with a simple "in office"
day each week or each month where everybody has to be in the office? You
could schedule brainstorming sessions and cross-team meetings - I'd go to
those meetings, if they weren't a colossal waste of time.

But all I can see that she's going to get out of the current set-up is a
lot of *seriously* pissed off people in cubicles doing jobs that they know
perfectly well they can do from home. Some people, who've been goofing off
and abusing the privilege, might shrug and say, "Well, I knew that couldn't
last." But people like me, who take telecommuting seriously and regard it
as a privilege that they've earned, are going to have their resumes out.
For years people have been accepting jobs at Yahoo! with the understanding
that they would be able to work from home.

I think a totally unintended consequence of this might be that you lose
quite a few good people who you actually wanted to keep, and a lot of dead
wood stays. She must have been hoping for some attrition as a result of the
change, but I'm not sure she's going to get the kind she's looking for.

Anne




On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 7:16 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>wrote:

> Marissa Mayer seems to be making lots of missteps.
>
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> Subject: Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do )
>
> Well here's a timely article:
>
>
> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-belkin/marissa-mayer-work-from-home-yahoo-rule_b_2750256.html
>
> Marissa Mayer's Work-From-Home Ban Is The Exact Opposite Of What CEOs
> Should Be Doing
>
> <snip>
>
> The CEO of Yahoo!, who made news when she took the position last summer
> while five months pregnant, announced through the company's human resources
> arm yesterday that employees will no longer be permitted to work remotely.
>
> "Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," says the
> memo from HR director Jackie Reses, and reprinted by Kara Swisher on
> allthingsd.com last night. "We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts
> with physically being together."
>
> </snip>
>
> On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:50 AM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> > Professional employees are not the same as data entry operators or
> > factory workers. When managing professionals I never expect them to be
> sitting at a
> > desk 8 hours a day, I expect them to be wherever they need to be to get
> > the job done. The indicators that they aren't doing that are the same
> > for on-site or off-site workers, namely that there's no flow of
> > information or status updates coming from them and people they're
> > supposed to be interacting with complain that they can't be found when
> they're needed.
> >
> > Gene Kim-Eng
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On 2/24/2013 5:06 PM, William Sherman wrote:
> >>
> >> I attribute that to poor management. If an on-site worker was to
> >> disappear from their desk or workstation for hours on end, the
> >> manager would have a talk with them. Yet, many never check on their
> >> telecommuting workers.
> >
> >
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References:
RE: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ): From: Brian.Henderson
Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ): From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ): From: William Sherman
Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ): From: Gene Kim-Eng
Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ): From: Bill Swallow
RE: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do ): From: Cardimon, Craig

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