Marissa Mayer just ended Yahoo's work from home policy....however she's building a nursery for her newborn right next to her own office there at Yahoo.......How fair is this and what does it say about her leadership?
Never been in management? I am guessing craft doesn't have keys to the executive washroom, doesn't have a company car or the other perks that go with being a CEO, and isn't directly accountable to shareholders. Apples and oranges when comparing CEOs and management to craft. Is it fair? Certainly. If craft had that level of accountability and responsibility, then perhaps you could make a comparison. Short of that, it is the comparison that is unfair.
bBerean---I get your point, but Forbes, the Boston Herald, and many others including management geniuses think differently...athough could it be another double standard lurking? Forbes says she is not good for investors in Yahoo!
Admittedly, I am in no way associated with Yahoo, do not have any of their stock and really know nothing about Marissa Mayer. I was just responding to your OP in general, regarding "How fair is this and what does it say about her leadership?" It is not a double standard or unfair for a CEO or management to have different rules and parameters than craft. To suggest so betrays a fundemental misundertaning or ignorance of the role, structure and responsibilities of management. That being said, most people are not management, let alone CEOs, so publications will get a much bigger audience placating the masses with things they want to hear, than by siding with management, particularly on emotional issues.
I have found out a little more about this particular situation though, and since it is getting so much press I am sure more information will come out. Based on personal experience, both working from home and allowing others to do so, I fully expect we will find that there was a productivity and accountability issue with those involved in that program. Citing a need for better communication and collaboration through having people physically in the same location while working, although there is validity to those points, may well be a means of allowing everyone to save face and not be put on the spot regarding past misuse of the benefit. If I am correct and this is a major contributing factor in the decision to revoke the work at home option, in reality the workers took it away from themselves.
I would also like to point out that building a nursery next to her office is consistent with the leaked memo calling for people to be in the office. Can everyone do it? Of course not, especially since craft does not have the flexibility of being in complete control of their time. Without that control, having a child at work would be a disaster. I also suspect she will have a caregiver available for that child, which obviously would not be available to everyone unless the company determined it would be cost effective to establish an on site day care. Either way, if the issue was having people physically in the office as much as possible, it appears Marissa is being consistent with her own directive by doing whatever is necessary to maximize her own time there.
bBerean-at the time I wrote the title I was pretty undecided about this topic.Now Jack Welch has weighed in and I am "on board". He said she is faced with a "turnaround" company and needs all hands on deck.....he also thinks she won't let good people leave if they want to work at home and "deals" will be worked out.
And no,I have never been in management as I am self-employed. I do have people who work from home but it is on the phone setting appointments so the work is pretty quantifiable.
Your thoughts are appreciated and very insightful. Thanks for your input.
What about other women, can they also bring and take care of their children at work?
I think the comparison is fair. CEOs are just high paid workers, not a higher class of people anointed by God with special privileges. There is a difference between having an executive washroom, and only allowing executive to have washroom and making everyone else poop on the front lawn.
The good news for you is that the POTUS, who has never run a business and also does not understand how they are run, (or at least not how they are run well), agrees with your perspective. His administration is quickly working through various departments to make things "better for the workers" at the expense of the employers, management and productivity. The bad news for the economy and the country is that regulation, taxes and the expense of doing business going through the roof is driving businesses out of business, out of the country, or in the case of new businesses, keeping them from being able to open. Careful what you wish for.
bBerean--I am so in agreement with you on your last comment.....OMG as a small business person....I am looking for an easier country to set up a business in.....idea for another forum!
Doodlehead - I am aware of what you are up against. I am not alone when I say, had the last election gone a different way I would have started another business this year, but now I will wait and perhaps not start it at all. All the hard work, time, investment, risk, and now more regulation and taxes just to be disrespected and when possible taken advantage of by an ever increasingly entitlement minded workforce. It absolutely isn't that way with all of them. Most appreciate having the job and work hard, but if you get one that wants to take advantage of you, good luck getting rid of them. Even if it is needed to save the small company that can't afford the waste, drama and disruption of an unappreciative, unreliable and unproductive employee. I am sure I am just one of thousands who will make the same decision to wait.
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