Marissa Mayer Bans WAH

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Marissa Mayer Bans WAH
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 1:08pm

The youngest female Fortune 500 CEO ~ Yahoo's Marissa Mayer ~ banned WAH for all employees, including full-time customer service reps, those who WAH just 1 or 2 days/week, even those hired on the condition they WAH.

<<"Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home," says the memo from HR director Jackie Rees..."We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.>>

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-belkin/marissa-mayer-work-from-home-yahoo-rule_b_2750256.html

Apparently the fact that all of the "tools" can be at home, accessing the main offices remotely, is not enough.

Wouldn't we expect a new mom especially to "champion" combining work and family?  Some WAH employees say they get more done at home, due to a shorter "commute", fewer interuptions at the watercooler and cubicle.  For those who WAH part-time or f-t, are you as/more productive at home as in an office?  Will this backfire as the top talent can WAH for Yahoo and other companies? 

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:28pm

puss_boo_kay wrote:
As much as you appear to love deciding what total strangers you've never seen, let alone talked to, are thinking, I happen to think it's FAR more likely that those who have been hired by Yahoo *with the expressed intent that they be WAH employees* are angered by this new policy because it means they were hired under false pretenses. Bait and switch in the employment ring isn't any less egregious for being a job than when it's for other reasons.</p><p>Should be interesting to see just how much overhead Yahoo incurs now that it has to actually HOUSE all those employees in terms of office space, equipment, supplies and other associated costs with having everyone on site.</p>

That's the gamble with working, with working at-will.  With life.  One gets hired with nothing in writing saying he/she gets to WAH indefinitely.  An industry changes and adapts or it disappears.  Employees change and adapt.  Yahoo employees had a good run.  They were lucky.  But Mayer answers to the stockholders, not the employees.  The policy takes effect in June, which is very kind of Yahoo.  So all of the disgruntled employees have months to find similar pay and similar working conditions. 

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:30pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>Your earlier post was limiting to just your daughter.  All my kids are raised to follow their dreams and do what they want too, Can they have it all?  Absolutely not.  In returning to school I know I'm compromising things, It's actually been a bit humbling and I'm lucky my kids are the responsible and trustworthy kids I can leave at home while I'm away.  You've limited your cause to just your DD and I won't play that political game, All kids should know that you can have your career + family but don't deny the help that it will require, Likewise SAH, At least IME it's going to require having the means to afford it. </p>

How is specifically stating that I would likely offer to watch the kids denying the help that WOH requires? And surely you aren't saying every SAHM has the financial means to SAH. IME, that certainly isn't the case.

I don't look at my returning to school as a compromise at all. In fact, I honestly believe I'm showing my kids that you can follow your dreams no matter how old you are or whatever life circumstances you find yourself in. How lucky are they to see that in action and to see for themselves what that looks like? Why are you back in school, Jam?

I don't NEED to go back to work. At all. I want something else to do.

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:30pm

demontespan wrote:
<p>@Thardy2001:  Yes, it is completely transparent to all parties, including stakeholders, that my employer has a written policy which allows people in my group paid gym time because of the specific physical fitness requirements.  Do you have a problem with that?  Too bad.</p>

Does your employer give you a paid gym membership?

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:32pm

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">jamblessedthree</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;Your earlier post was limiting to just your daughter.  All my kids are raised to follow their dreams and do what they want too, Can they have it all?  Absolutely not.  In returning to school I know I'm compromising things, It's actually been a bit humbling and I'm lucky my kids are the responsible and trustworthy kids I can leave at home while I'm away.  You've limited your cause to just your DD and I won't play that political game, All kids should know that you can have your career + family but don't deny the help that it will require, Likewise SAH, At least IME it's going to require having the means to afford it. &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>I agree. When mine ask if they can have it all, I'll be honest.  No, they can't.  They can try, and they should try.  Somebody's got to be the next Marissa Mayer.</p>

That's just sad to me. I chose not to limit my kids in that way. 

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:33pm

rollmops2009 wrote:
" You've limited your cause to just your DD and I won't play that political game, " What do you mean by this?

It means she can't argue with the point I made, so she's not playing anymore. ;)

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:36pm

reginageorge2005 wrote:
<That's just sad to me. I chose not to limit my kids in that way. </p>

Yes, after reading what you've written here, I agree.  You should not and cannot tell your children what I will tell mine if asked.

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:38pm
Could be, I guess, although I am left wondering, again. I should know better at this point, lol.
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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:43pm

And some SAHMs hire help, Different strokes. 

 


 


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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:52pm

It's incredible that some can speak for their kids and know what their examples will lead to too, Kinda puts my magic telescope to shame, Sigh. 

 


 


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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:59pm

Sorry I went off the beaten path there mops, Some women feel so mistreated that it's become a political issue. 

 


 


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