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.
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