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 - 5:03am

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).

Personally, I think Mayer is going to lose a lot of talented employees over a really short sighted take on "workplace cohesion".  But she won't be the first woman who worked actively to make the workplace less family friendly.  The tragedy, though, is that she won't be the last, either.

I wouldn't mind at all if my job could be translated to a WAH (or even Work at a Satellite Facility).  I don't know about your "commute", but my commute is long enough to eshew the faux quotes.  I drive 100 miles a day, round trip to/from work.  Granted, it's my own choice, and I don't complain.  But the reality is, I'd gain a significant amount of time if it were shorter, so WAH or W@Sat would definitely be an attractive option.  I don't see it happening and I made my peace with that long before I moved further from work. 

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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 9:14pm
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.
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 5:43pm

I have a good friend who works in corporate recruiting for a tech company. She WAH 80% of the time. She LOVES it b/c of the flexibility, but she doesn't have her kids home w/her while she's working. She's got a live-in nanny b/c there is no way she could do the calling required of her w/little ones in the background.

My BFF (who is CFBC) worked from home for years b/c she was working remotely. She loved many aspects of it but did miss the social aspect of working in an office. My DH has the option of working from home and will do so during bad weather. He'll also do it if he doesn't have a reason to be in the office that day and the kids aren't at school. He says he's far more productive at home w/o interruptions than he is in the office. But he's not as productive if the kids are home. He absolutely appreciates the option.

Much has been made about Marissa Mayer being the youngest female CEO. She took a two week maternity leave. That right there had to be an indication that she is not the sort who is going to champion work/life balance issues. I think Yahoo may very well lose some employees who would rather WAH. But clearly she had a reason for doing what she did, and if it improves Yahoo's bottom line, the pissed off employees won't matter. That's business. 

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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 2:23pm
I can see having a problem doing your work and watching young kids. It all depends on your job, I would think. If you have time deadlines it might not work with young children.
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 2:20pm

   I know it does not sound poltically correct being female and with three DDs but  I would expect a CEO to do the job they were hired to do, do what is best for the company.  Not be a "champion" to any cause just because of their sex. 

  The company where my DH works just put tighter restrictions on WAH, they did not do away with it all together but now one must permisson ahead of time, they can no longer just call in and say they are working at home.  So maybe more businesses are finding out the having their employees work at home is as good for business as they thought it was.

 

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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 2:17pm

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. 

 


 


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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 2:12pm
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.
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 2:06pm

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

 


 


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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 1:40pm
I do not WAH (for the majority as I can access emails but not the rest of my work to complete some of the emails). I do have a few WAH moms though and they have a love/hate relationship with it. They say you get distracted a lot being home with doing things in your home. They don't get the social aspect that they would get working out of the home. I personally would love it, especially when there is bad weather. Unfortunately we are equipped to do so and my boss will probably never agree to it.
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Sun, 02-24-2013 - 1:32pm

I think that there are many people who can do even more work at home--after all at work you have the distractions of chatting w/ other people, you have more of a chance of getting sick from other people's germs, etc.  I wonder if they did an actualy study of the productiveness of people who worked at home or just made this assumption.  I also think it's sad when you have a female exec. who is going backwards into the days when no one made any accomodations for working mothers--you'd expect just the opposite, or is she now going to bend over backward to make people forget that she's a woman/mother?

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