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Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?
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Robert Narejko
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3/8/2013 | 2:06:41 PM
re: Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?
Instead of shutting down the work form home environment cold turkey, why not try a phased approach? Such as you need to be in the office Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. You can work from home Thursday and Friday. Or whatever works for the team you work with.

I hope they have enough real estate to house all the staff. I can't imagine sharing a cubicle with another (or two more) people. That would be really good for employee morale (not).
Deb Donston-Miller
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3/7/2013 | 1:35:46 AM
re: Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?
Thank you so much for the comment, and you make some great points. Maybe Mayer's plan is to start fresh and then slowly build back out a telecommuting program with very explicit goals and expectations in place--two things that have been reportedly missing from Yahoo's current program. I can't see a modern digital company being as effective as it could possibly be without the flexibility that a telecommuting program offers its employees--for all of the reasons you stated and more.

Deb Donston-Miller
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BusinessOpportunity.com
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3/6/2013 | 7:45:34 PM
re: Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?
ItGÇÖs no secret that Yahoo has been struggling for some time to regain its footing as an internet industry leader and that itGÇÖs a bit low on the innovation front right about now, something Mayer was hired to fix. Insiders are saying that much of the companyGÇÖs problem is that it has become rudderless, with a work-at-home policy that is too loose and ranks fairly low on the accountability scale. Here's another good post about this: http://www.businessopportunity...
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3/4/2013 | 11:14:34 PM
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If all telecommuting is banned and everyone has to be in the office at the same time, which means no flextime.....

What happens when the next big one shuts down the Southbay Freeway or causes a blackout at HQ and Yahoo can't get any business done? When Sandy blacked out lower Manhattan, Google NYC employees telecommuted and kept working.

Coming next: work to rule. No more telecommuting when home sick. Critical customer problem in the middle of the night? Too bad. It'll have to wait until 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time when everyone arrives at the office at the same time.
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3/1/2013 | 7:25:19 PM
re: Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?
Doug Mayer- mobiledesk.com / No Relation!

I have had employees work from home and even tried it myself, the bottom line is that I get a whopping 30% increase in productivity and creativity working in the office vs working from home. That includes myself, too distracting working from home. Interruptions after interruption, too many to list.

I applaud her and the strength it took to make an intelligent decision.. you go girl!

I would expect her next move to offer Child Care credits or a facility for her employees child care.
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3/1/2013 | 1:40:25 PM
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Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?

hardly: she re-asserted the Social aspect of collaboration .
Deb Donston-Miller
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3/1/2013 | 9:42:58 AM
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Thank you for your comment, Richard. It seems to me that if employees are allowed to hide at a company--or are considered "not working" if they are not "at work"--then there is something wrong with they in which those employees are being managed.

Deb Donston-Miller
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2/28/2013 | 8:42:15 PM
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She/Yahoo needs some serious restructuring. Since she is responsible for the success or failure the people doing the work need to show their face and be accountable to the new power structure to prove their worth. It is only fair to both Marissa AND the employees that they have the opportunity to prove their value in person rather than some Avatar on a screen.
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2/28/2013 | 8:23:43 PM
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If you are trying to build a new corporate culture, or renew a flagging one, as I think Mayer is, then face-to-face collaboration may be essential. We should separate the particular circumstances of Yahoo! at this juncture from the more general questions about the value of social media and whether social networking works. Of course it works. Especially among people who already know each other and share a strong corporate culture. But perhaps Mayer is facing, with grit, that that's not the case inside the present day Yahoo. Charlie Babcock, a senior writer at InformationWeek
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2/28/2013 | 3:28:47 PM
re: Did Yahoo's Mayer Slap Social In The Face?
Flexibility should be what is most important to Yahoo, or any organization. If Yahoo is really in crisis mode, and work at home employees are unproductive, then maybe they have to come to the office. But will having everyone in the office foster innovation? Maybe, but we'll have to see.

A flexible work environment, where workers come in 1-2 days a week, could probably achieve the same level of increased interaction, and (maybe) foster innovation. But just having people in the office doesn't mean that innovation will magically happen. And, likely, productivity will suffer.

As it has been stated in other posts, remote workers generally use their "commute" time to do work and are usually more productive. Speaking for myself when I go to the office, my commute of 90 minutes each way shortens my work day on each end. When i work at home, the 3 hours I normally spend commuting is usually given back to the company.
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