Marissa Mayer left Google to tackle what ailed Yahoo. And this week she took on … telecommuting.
Yahoos were pleased with the new iPhones and free food from the new boss – a Google-icious touch. But, depending on the speaker, this “bold,” “outrageous,” or “1950s” decree eliminating work from home has stirred up comment, incredulity and outrage from coast to coast.
Beneath the visceral reactions, I see three important issues:
- Telecommuting is progressing from a questionable practice toward an unquestioned entitlement.
- Its supply or denial seems increasingly based on personal need rather than business imperative.
- Many successful organizations reject telecommuting as a productivity tool – and Ms. Mayer thrived in one at Google.
Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor
In a recent “Parents & Work” survey conducted by FlexJobs from November 14 – 30th, 2012, 725 parents were asked about how work affects them and their families. The questions considered the issues working parents think about and confront on a regular basis, and how work flexibility might impact those. The results showed that working … Continue reading »
Mickie Ashman has what she regards as the ideal arrangement at work as she nears retirement. The 66-year-old Calgary human-resources co-ordinator has the security of a permanent job at AltaGas Ltd., an energy infrastructure firm, but she has been able to reduce her work hours from full-time to a more comfortable three days a week. … Continue reading »