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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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 1:21pm

puss_boo_kay wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">thardy2001</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;&lt;blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"&gt;&lt;div class="quote-author"&gt;&lt;em class="placeholder"&gt;puss_boo_kay&lt;/em&gt; wrote:&lt;/div&gt;  Wow, bad timing; took me forever to work out why Marissa Meyer would object to women WAH.  But then I looked closer and it's Mayer.  (Marissa Meyer is the author of a 4 book dystopic redux of 4 classic fairy tales--her 2nd in the series, Scarlet, was just released this month).  &lt;/blockquote&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;I spelled it Mayer.  So has everyone else.  Thanks for the trivia though.&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Yes.  That's why I pretty clearly laid the blame for the mistake at my own feet.  </p>

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 1:17pm

hazeleyes2013 wrote:
Not sure if that is it Jam but it would be nice to have the option to do so if you can if you are sick and don't want to come in and contaminate anyone, if your child is home from school sick, if you have personal things you need to do at home or elsewhere but could still get your work done that day but can't get into the office.

I agree with this. With so much of what I do being internet based, I can access a lot of work from home. And I have the discipline to do it. I'd probably do it faster, actually, since I'd have it in the back of my mind that there's a load of laundry that's not going to wash itself. :)  I'd feel more productive working at home rather than taking a sick day and letting work pile up on me.

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 12:05pm

I've been a wah for a tech company since 2001. It has its challenges, but it works very well for some job families and not so well for other job families.

I always had childcare when my children were young. I always met all my deliverables and my work exceeded my employer's expectations according to performance evaluations. I do miss the ftf collaboration with my colleagues, but I do appreciate the flexibility my job has - I rarely work 9-5 and there are some weeks I have to work 80hrs and some I may work 20hrs.

There is a back to the office movement for developers to improve collaboration in my company, but they've closed so many offices to save money that I don't have that option.

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 9:16am

thardy2001 wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">puss_boo_kay</em> wrote:</div>  Wow, bad timing; took me forever to work out why Marissa Meyer would object to women WAH.  But then I looked closer and it's Mayer.  (Marissa Meyer is the author of a 4 book dystopic redux of 4 classic fairy tales--her 2nd in the series, Scarlet, was just released this month).  </blockquote></p><p>I spelled it Mayer.  So has everyone else.  Thanks for the trivia though.</p>

Yes.  That's why I pretty clearly laid the blame for the mistake at my own feet. 

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 8:09am
I love the option to WAH and work flex hours. I usually only have about 15 hrs a week when I have to be in the office. I am usually there around thirty though, because there are many things I do more productively in the office. I get up at 5, work an hour or two, usually check my e-mail and/or call my secretary 7, then if there is nothing requiring my presence at work, will drive my son to school, go to the gym, maybe stop by thd grocery store, and get to work around ten. I work at the office until 4 or 5, come home, and usually put in another hour or so grading papers or whatnot between 9-10:30 or 11. I do have a couple of colleagues who abuse the privilege and are hardly ever in the office. That does make if difficult for then to do part of their jobs. I think they suffer for it in raises/promotions/ research funding. I am not sure they believe it when the boss tells them why they are not getting ahead as fast as they want.
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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 7:45am

I'll put in my 2 cents even though I don't have a dog in this fight.  I quit to SAH years ago.  Back then, WAH was nowhere near as available an option as today, technology was not quite there.  I think MM is 100% correct.  Not only would I simply work harder but I'd benefit from the camraderie, bouncing ideas off others in the workplace (all 8 floors of offices in a city building), in an office.  I prefer structure and routine.  My time was devoted to work.  If I worked from home, even before children, I'd get too distracted.

Some (?) WAHMs here cut corners.  They take their kids swimming, run errands and take exercise classes.  They could be p-t certainly.  And many f-t WAHMs may never leave the house.  I've even heard of one f-t WAHM with children home all day who cuts corners by employing a nanny just 3 days a week.  She also comes to the pool with me!

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 7:29am

puss_boo_kay wrote:
  Wow, bad timing; took me forever to work out why Marissa Meyer would object to women WAH.  But then I looked closer and it's Mayer.  (Marissa Meyer is the author of a 4 book dystopic redux of 4 classic fairy tales--her 2nd in the series, Scarlet, was just released this month). 

I spelled it Mayer.  So has everyone else.  Thanks for the trivia though.

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 7:25am

mm1970 wrote:
I get MUCH more done at home due to fewer interruptions, but that's because I'm working when the kids are asleep, out with daddy, or at school/daycare (when I'm sick). I'd say I get 2-3x more done. But I am a manager at a semiconductor company. I need to be at work at least half the time to interact with my engineers, attend meetings, and inspect wafers.

Off the bat, I'd think it must be difficult to manage employees when not on site f-t.  There used to be a saying, when the boss is away, employees will play.  How have you been able to avoid all of that?

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 7:22am

jamblessedthree wrote:
  Or perhaps just smart enough to recognize that you can't have it all.

Very wise, Jam.  When it comes to work and family, women just can't have it all.  Thank you.

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Mon, 02-25-2013 - 5:07am

jamblessedthree wrote:
<p>My brother's wife was a WAHM but the company went through a buyout and she accepted some package and left herself, They had a nanny when she worked and I think the reality is that you can't give it all to your job and your kids at the same time!  If WAH has backfired and Mayer sets an example for other women moving up the ranks, Good for her. </p>

Except not every worker has minor children at home during the day, so denigrating the choice as mistaken for that reason is very myopic. ETA, I don't consider Mayer much of an example of anything other than a minority happy and willing to shoot herself and others like her in the foot, professionally, all while proclaiming themselves to have a more clarified viewpoint.

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