Monthly Archives: March 2013

Yahoo bans telecommuting…

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Ok, maybe not bans completely, but the interweb has blogged a lot about this in the past week; Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, has announced that all employees should report to work to interact live with co-workers. This doesn’t mean that occasional telecommuting is forbidden, it just means that structural telecommuting should not be anymore…

According to a study reported by CNN, 65% of Americans believe that working from home is productive, still 29% think that working from home is prone to “goofing off”…

We, as many others, believe that we ought to re-define productivity in light of the new technologies that enable us to work remotely. When I work from home I have my rhythms which might be less in sync with those of someone sitting at a desk in the office. I might be taking breaks at odd times, but would end up working a lot after dinner or very early in the morning. Thanks to smart phones I can also do work while waiting for my kids sitting in a car in the school’s parking lot. I can get on a call from anywhere. So is being productive is not about the time you log on your employer’s premises. Its about your output.

The fact is that to get output you need managers to provide input, even if just in form of requests or directions; and that could be hard if your staff is out of sight… So, yes, some face time could help at times.

http://money.cnn.com/2013/03/14/news/economy/telecommuting-survey/index.html?section=money_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fmoney_topstories+(Top+Stories)