Marissa Mayer is not the most popular person in the parenting blog universe right now.
Her decision to ban telecommuting at Yahoo! has provoked outrage from nearly all quarters.
And as I write in my post for Role/Reboot, I am not a fan of Mayer. However, based on my experience trying to work from home, I have some sympathy for her skepticism about the productivity of telecommuting employees.
Take a look at my post, and then I’d love to hear from you. Was your experience different?
What has your experience been like working from home? Particularly if you were staying home with small children, did you feel like you were doing an effective job at both roles?
Sarah / Babytalk Bungalow says
Thanks for providing such a thoughtful and balanced take on this issue. My experience with trying to work from home while caring for my baby was similar — within a matter of days, it was clear to me that there was just no way it was going to work for us. I couldn’t concentrate on work well enough to be as productive as I needed to be, and I hated the feeling that I wasn’t giving my daughter the 100% she deserved. Using daycare and working full-time in the office made me both a better employee and a better mom.
I really don’t know what the company culture or productivity situation is like at Yahoo, but I have a hard time believing that something like this would be decided by a CEO without any kind of careful analysis of how telecommuting was actually working out for the company.
Keeley Sitterson says
These days, working at home isn’t just a pipe dream — it’s an economic necessity. The Great Recession forced more than 300,000 stay-at-home moms to return to work. And in a recent retirement poll commissioned by Allstate, nearly 70% of near-retirees said they plan to continue working past age 65. –
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