Skip to comments.Marissa Mayer, Who Just Banned Working From Home, Paid To Have A Nursery Built At Her Office
Posted on 02/26/2013 10:31:10 AM PST by jimbo123
Last Friday, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer banned employees from working remotely.
Human resources boss Jackie Reses sent out a memo telling all remote employees that, by June, they needed to be working in Yahoo offices.
This upset many employees mothers in particular.
Mayer who had a baby last fall is a working mother, but she's able to bring her kid to work.
That's because when Mayer had her son last fall, she paid to have a nursery built in her office.
(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...
That kind of “leadership” is why Yahoo is tanking.
Yahoo is garbage, and Ms. Mayer is right at home in that environment.
She’s the perfect do-as-I-say Democrat - loaded and liberal as hell.
Sounds like a real morale building executive.
Maybe her next move will be to JCPenney?
There is something about her that has always annoyed me.
I worked at Microsoft for 11 years. One particular woman who “worked from home” was making well into 6 figures and no one knew what the heck she was doing. She called into meetings with her kids in the car and at one point even called into the office from the gym. You cannot tell me she was earning her keep and I know there are 100s maybe 1000s more like her there.
Working from home should be an option to have only when it is necessary. Like when your pipes break and you have to be there to meet the plumber. Otherwise if these people can be in the office, they should be there. The fact that this CEO bundles for Obama has little to do with it and personally, I don’t care if she paid her own money to build a nursery at the office. That said, the PR here is very bad for her.
I tried the working from home thing, couldn’t stand it, I need to get out of the house.
Yup. Just like mail.com (AP product), I use their free e-mails too since I was in HS. But that’s the end of my support for these Odumbo ass kissers.
You clearly are a low-paid widget-maker or just a drone.
You have no idea how the real world of technology works. I am measured on what I do, not where or even when. As long as I meet the deadlines and deliverables who cares if I did it at midnight while watching cartoons in my living room?
As for the woman you are so jealous of, what business is it of yours how much she made or how she made it? She convinced someone she was providing VALUE and worked out an accommodation perceived as worthwhile to her company.
You are one tiny-minded, jealous, control freak!
Working from home is successful with some employees. But the employees that abuse it are more likely to push the Discrimination Button if you try to reign them in. Gutless managers will just punish everyone rather than deal with the abusers.
Her reasoning behind why she banned working from home is pretty sound (look at the linked article at the end of this story) but for her to build a private nursery for her kid in her office is pretty bold. That is not likely to go over well but something tells me she doesn’t give a rip.
Presence does not equal perfomance. Good managers and leaders focus on results, managing based on delivery not on where their employees happen to be sitting for 8 hours every day.
Her actions here are a sign of a management culture that has lost control of it’s workforce, but represent a desperation measure (and likely an overreaction) to fix the problem at the expense of morale and loyalty.
It wouldn’t surprise me at all if this were an attempt to renew the culture and workforce through “voluntary” attrition that can allow fresh blood to be brought in. Very high risk, but also very high potential reward.
Do you always take verything so personally?
You are right, presence does not equal performance but there is something that comes with being present that has value. The interactions between teams of employees can be critical to the health of the business. I have seen so much abuse of this policy and so little done about it that I can’t believe it doesn’t have an impact on the company as a whole. It also impacts the morale of those who are in the office that recognize the abuse. There’s nothing like being in a meeting listening to someone’s kids screaming in the from the backseat of their car. Creates a really productive atmosphere for sure.
Both my wife and I have been on both ends of that equation.
It is my opinion she has control issues and suffers from Napolean traits. Generally the type that is Hired as CEOs now days. Screw the workers, screw the customers, just make damned sure the stocks stay worthy. Oh and by the way make sure you fix yourself up with a Golden Parachute that is absent any failure to perform on her part requirements.
Of course in her self absorbed world, She is the ONLY one that is important. Therefore she will do as she damned well pleases. She will move on after she destroys this company to the next Host she can bleed dry.
I work from home. My company was offered the choice of losing my services entirely or letting me work from home. Since I had knowledge they valued and a proven record of getting stuff done, they kept me on.
I treat my work from home as professionally as my office time. If I’m calling in for a meeting, my toddler goes and plays on her own, elsewhere. Just because some people need adult supervision to get their jobs don’t doesn’t make it true for all of us.
“You are one tiny-minded, jealous, control freak!”
I agree with you completely. My daughter-in-law is a marketing manager for a well known Silicon Valley company. She has her three children in school/day care and works from home utilizing amazing computer connectivity. Like you pointed out, the measure of success is deliverables. She is highly regarded by the VP for whom she works. Sure, some people skive off in this environment, but they don’t get away with it if they are being effectively managed. They have a minimum of meetings which require her to actually go to the office. Personally, I found going to the office and the phalanx of required “meetings” an artifact of “peter principal” leaders who needed to have their hands held in the decision making process. Too many meetings are indicative of poor leaders.
Ouch! But you are correct. I work on projects in up to 5 different states, all from my desk in PDX. I could easily do my job from home, and hope to do so soon. An occasional office visit for meetings is all that is really required of me. I’m salaried so if I work 40 or 60 it does not matter as long as the work gets done!
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