Let’s Stick Together

Is it true that ‘to be one’ as a company we all need to physically be in the office every day and work alongside each other no matter what? Does it allow for creative thinking to flow, ideas to be shared more easily, make projects more efficient and time-managed?

According to Marissa Mayer it does: “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together,” read the memo from HR head Jackie Reses that was leaked to AllthingsD

Causing a furore with her memo a hasty statement was made to counteract adverse comments:  “This isn’t a broad industry view on working from home; this is about what is right for Yahoo! right now.”

Arguments have been for and against workers operating from home.  Less time travelling, more time being productive without constant interruptions, a more balanced work/life ratio being  just a few for the working at home option.  However, on the down-side it is seen to be alienating staff from crucial ‘ideas sharing’ at the water-cooler or spontaneous creativity from simply working alongside each other. Not least, having employees in the office ensures that they are actually working.

Of course, working from home is fine for some but not for others.  Google for example allow employees to work from home on a case-by-case basis.  Perhaps this is a better policy to instil.  Whilst encouraging people to be in the office most of the time, the option to work from home when needed – working on a sensitive project for example – should be available.

This is a discussion that will resonate with many companies and won’t end here.  We may see some other under-performing businesses follow suit.

Marissa Mayer


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