This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Shortsighted approach will hurt Yahoo… and all of society.

Columnists Laila Yuile and Kathryn Marshall battle over the issues of the day. Winner of the last duel on sex education was Laila Yuile with 53%.

This week’s topic:

Is banning work from home the right move?

Marissa Mayer’s decision to ban all employees from working at home is not only shortsighted, it’s potentially damaging to Yahoo in the long run.

The real problem isn’t lost productivity and creativity — it’s the company’s failure to create an effective policy and method to manage employees who work from home. In ordering employees back to the office by June, Mayer has failed to seize a prime opportunity to make effective changes in a corporation that has been through multiple CEOs in the last five years.

Read Kathryn Marshall’s column

Some large corporations are recognizing the mutual benefits for employees and employers when workers telecommute — with some benefits not just limited to the company itself. Society benefits when workers conduct business at home, thereby reducing the number of vehicles on the road and the amount of pollution in the air. The cost savings to the employee of not having to commute is significant – less gas used, less wear and tear on a vehicle, and less money spent on transit passes…

Read the rest of this weeks column, and vote for who you think is the winner, at this link: http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2013/03/10/shortsighted-approach-will-hurt-yahoo-and-all-of-society

 

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7 Responses to This weeks column for 24Hrs Vancouver: Shortsighted approach will hurt Yahoo… and all of society.

  1. Mark says:

    Madame Premiere is going to have to decide whether she wants to be taken seriously or wants to act like a frat house pass around.
    She is not excelling at anything except being a vacuous bimbo at a photo shoot.

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  2. Mark says:

    Sorry somehow navigated off the Huffington Post Site

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  3. nonconfidencevote says:

    I totally agreed with your Huff statement. When I voted it was about 75% in favour of you.
    The descision by Yahoo’s boss is incredibly shortsighted and anachronistic. As you stated. There are slackers at work and slackers working from home. Nothing like setting measurable work goals for the ‘problem children”……….and then following up with a few well published firings.
    Nothing like a co-worker losing their job to focus ones attention.

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  4. Peter says:

    Perhaps our Federal and northern Provincial politicians could learn a thing or two from this. “Working” from home an MLA and MP could save millions in airline travel all across this country. Who needs to be in parliament when you could log on?

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  5. put me out of my misery says:

    “The real problem isn’t lost productivity and creativity — it’s the company’s failure to create an effective policy and method to manage employees who work from home.”

    Exactly, you can’t easily micro-manage a worker at home. That requires trust in your employees, and an intrinsic respect for their integrity.

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