So I wanted to weigh in on the decision by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo to ban employees from working from home. This has been a controversial move, and I have read opinion after opinion over the past week on whether this was a well thought out move.
Donald Trump thinks it’s a brilliant move and Richard Branson thinks it’s a backward step. If you’ve read Donald Trump’s tweets lately, I’m sure you will agree that he has lost his mind, or at least is fast tracked to becoming a curmudgeon, so may not be surprised when I take Richard Branson’s view.
In a world where we aren’t just working 9 till 5, is it appropriate to only ask staff to work from the office? The move will see, mostly women (I’m speculating) forced to resign or forced to relocate their homes so that they can continue to have the flexibility they used to have.
In my current role, I had the ability to work from home. The process comes with its pro’s and con’s, and I feel the pro’s belong to the company and the con’s belong to my personal life:
Examples of what it means to work from home?
– Employees work from home when they are sick, as opposed to being offline, resting and getting better. Opposed to feeling as though they have to be in the office to meet that deadline, spreading their germs and taking down the rest of the office to illness also.
– Employees get more done when they are uninterrupted, as opposed to being sidetracked by interruptions on a more regular basis.
– Employees feel trusted to work on their own, without being micro managed.
– Employees can get their washing done in their lunchbreak, making them feel as though the work/life balance is in their favour. 🙂
– Employees are always on call. Once you work from home you expose yourself to having the ability to do anything at anytime.
There are millions of other pro’s and con’s. Although I’m against Marissa Mayer’s decision, I am surprisingly against working from home for me. I find myself completely conflicted on whether I could be finishing the minutes from my recent meeting, to putting on the dishwasher. Taking time to eat my lunch on my break when I could be cleaning my floors. In all honesty though, who takes a break when they are working from home? I would be working from 7.30am to 6pm without fail.
Women are multi-taskers. I hate the silence of my workday from home, but my inbox and home never looked cleaner, and I always felt more productive than any other workday. Don’t forget, most of the time I work from home, I’m ill as well, and still achieving so much more around the house and for my Manager!
So who is the biggest loser from this decision? I think Marissa Mayer will lose productivity, trust and happiness from her employees. Her employees are the main losers, but luckily, there are plenty of other companies who support this flexibility for their staff.
I say as I type this with a baby in my lap rocking him to sleep. Talk about multi-tasking.
How do you feel about working from home? Does your company allow you to?