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 - 1:17pm

OMG, Yes thardy!  If I've raised grounded kids I know I've done something right. 

 


 


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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:17pm

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>hazeleyes, It's one thing to do work from home now and then and another thing all together to do your job from home and expect = benefits and pay as someone that goes to the office, IMO that's what Mayer was getting at and I doubt it was a decision she made overnight.  There was a segment on the today show yesterday about this (but I missed it b/c I had to be at school, darn, Lol!)</p>

That's been a common theme at least on the internet. IMO Yahoo employees have only to gain from working in the office.

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:12pm

thardy2001 wrote:
You should take a look at Mayer's FB page (comments) or the comments from Yahoo employees responding to the various news articles.  The reason so many Yahoo employees and other WAH employees are so angry is they have children.  They don't have separate childcare and aren't willing to pay for it.  I guess they expect the stockholder to pay for it.  </p>

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.

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.

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:11pm

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>

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.

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 1:04pm

chestnuthooligan wrote:
<p>As I've stated previously. I actually have worked at home for 13 years. All successful WAH employees with small children that I know (many), have childcare or nannies. I am also a manager of WAH employees.</p><p>If WAH employees have no childcare and small children, then can not do their jobs, and it is readily apparent.</p><p>Some in office employees with less than adequate childcare, are equally inept.</p><p>My company is pretty successful with its business model. WAH for some, in office required for some collaboration, and customer facing as often as possible for most.</p>

You should take a look at Mayer's FB page (comments) or the comments from Yahoo employees responding to the various news articles.  The reason so many Yahoo employees and other WAH employees are so angry is they have children.  They don't have separate childcare and aren't willing to pay for it.  I guess they expect the stockholder to pay for it. 

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 12:49pm
" You've limited your cause to just your DD and I won't play that political game, " What do you mean by this?
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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 12:48pm

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. 

 


 


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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 12:46pm

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 a little humbling to admit that 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,  I won't play that stupid 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>

What part of "all" are you telling your kids is impossible?

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 12:20pm

Kinda my point, Puss!  Thanks. 

 

 

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Thu, 02-28-2013 - 11:58am

Pus and regina, agree on the failure bit, which reminds me of a nice GIF I saw the other day:

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