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

Subject: RE: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do )
From: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- ga -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Editor in Chief <editorialstandards -at- gmail -dot- com>, Anne Robotti <arobotti -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:18:10 -0800

Replied to wrong thread but, no worries. :)

Steve


From: Editor in Chief [mailto:editorialstandards -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 12:39 PM
To: Janoff, Steven
Cc: TECHWR-L; Anne Robotti
Subject: Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do )

Read again.Â

Singling out people who make ME listen to it...Â
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Try though I might, I can't think of a TW-ishly redeeming twist to apply to this little exchange. So any further on this offshoot should go off-list. Thanks.

On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM, Janoff, Steven <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- ga -dot- com> wrote:
There seems to be this blanket suggestion on the list that the primary business reason for instituting the no-more-telecommuting policy was to impose a silent layoff of sorts.

In today's world companies don't have to be underhanded about this. ÂThere are plenty of open, publicly known RIFs. ÂEspecially among publicly traded companies.

She doesn't have to impose this policy just to cut staff. ÂThere's got to be a business reason behind it other than an HR one.

Probably it's to mobilize the team and get people working together to move the company forward. ÂIt sounds very difficult to turn a company around. ÂOther CEOs have tried and failed.

For me it's a question of, let's see how she does. ÂResults tell you everything you need to know. ÂIf the company turns around, well then, it was a good thing to do (likely). ÂIf not, well then, the company had problems that could not be surmounted by bringing people together.

But just to lambast Yahoo for shutting down telecommuting doesn't make sense to me. ÂAgain, let's see what happens. ÂWe're all adults, this is life. ÂYou adapt. ÂThe people affected will have to adjust. ÂWe all do. ÂThe world ain't all sunshine and rainbows, as Rocky said.

If it does work, you can bet other companies will be doing it too. ÂSo just hang on to your hat. ÂYou might need it. :)

And if you don't like it, you can always start your own company. ÂI can tell you that being a CEO is a lot tougher than being a tech writer, not from personal experience but from the experiences of friends who have been in this role.

Steve

PS - I'm not picking on you, Anne, it's just that you were the most recent one who suggested this, although you do point out at the beginning that there are good reasons for bringing people together on one site.

-----Original Message-----
From: On Behalf Of Anne Robotti
Sent: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:53 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Telecommuting ( was: Do as I say, not as I do )

The thing is, there's no sense denying that there's a synergy when employees are together in one room that isn't present when they're dialed in - unless everyone is dialed in. But in every company I've been at, if there's a meeting where there's a group in the room and individuals dialed in from remote locations, the only people you really hear from are those in the room.

Unless one of the individuals is very senior to those in the room, in which case the room is a morgue.

I think what people on the thread are talking about is the fact that synergy and innovation are probably not the reasons for the sweeping changes at Yahoo, and it's disingenuous to pretend to believe their HR press release. But HR can't really put out a press release that says, "Hey, we're trying to get people to leave in droves - could those of you who we don't pry out of your seats with this move please send a list of other perks that we can start cutting? That would make this so much easier."

Anne


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