and this is why Google wins so far…


Once again, Marissa Mayer disappoints me. Yahoo just announced that employees would no longer be permitted to work from home as of June.

This signals a major step backwards for working parents. If a typical male technology CEO made this decision, there would be outrage, of course. But to come from a new mother  who is a CEO? It feels like a sucker punch – and hardly believable. Yet there it is.

There are many industries where you must be at work in person, but technology is not one of them.  As a marketing consultant to an international software company, I have worked both remotely and in the office. There are definitely professional and social benefits to being in the office, but I have found that the physical location of my workspace does not affect my productivity or creativity.

Today, I work exclusively from home. I use my time efficiently…

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  1. Pingback: Marissa Mayer imposed Yahoo! work-from-home ban after spying on employee log-ins | Feminists of Westminster Unite

  2. Maybe because I have not slept since 5am or maybe because I am fed up with being lectured by the likes of Alexandra Schulman and Marissa Mayer telling us what’s best for us. Now, don’t get me wrong. I like reading Vogue, I have a Yahoo account and I understand that in certain creative environments you may want to keep your staff close to you to be able to swap ideas, get that creativity going and resolve issues face to face rather than through never-ending ping-pong email matches.

    Unlike Marissa Mayer, most employees cannot install a nursery in their office. Or a room for a disabled relative/ill spouse they are carers of. And it is not just about that. To me the whole issue is about mutual trust and respect – the more we trust someone and give them ownership and pride in what they do the more they will give back.

    Fortunately, we have moved on from the Industrial Revolution model of working 15 hours a day 6 days a week under constant supervision. Most people don’t want to be slaves to what they do – they want to be proud of what they do. Feel they are making a difference and as times have changed we have to realise that people’s individual circumstances vary widely and accommodating someone’s need for flexibility (within reason) is going to fire up that creative spark and motivation, not stub it out.

    So, to the likes of Marissa Mayer and Alexandra Schulman – only because you do it, doesn’t mean that your recommended size fits us all. End of rant. Time for bed.

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