I was pleased to join Bryan Wempen and William Tincup again Friday on DriveThru HR. It’s always fun to shoot the breeze with them, and hopefully their followers enjoyed our chat. You can listen to the broadcast here.
We were talking about the politics, moving to the cloud and the fallout over Marissa Mayer’s decision to order Yahoo telecommuters back to the office. Our poll shows 67% of respondents don’t think she made the right decision. The media coverage varies from “How dare she!” to “she made the right decision for her company”; i.e. did the job she was hired for. I think she could have taken a more nuanced approach – determined where individual initiatives called for more presence and implemented changes accordingly. As Maureen Dowd wrote last week, “Mayer has a nursery next to the executive suite. But not everyone has it so sweet”.
You can see some representative media coverage below. Read on…
The latest from Kara Swisher who broke the story: http://allthingsd.com/20130227/cfo-goldman-says-mayer-regime-has-been-improving-quality-of-life-at-yahoo/
Yahoo came out and basically admitted to what everyone suspected: this was not an indictment of working from home, but an acknowledgement that it isn’t working for Yahoo right now:
One perspective on how working from home is not the answer for moms: http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/06/about-that-atlantic-article-why-working-from-home-isnt-the-answer-for-working-moms/
Strong defense of working from home: http://www.tlnt.com/2013/02/28/no-more-flex-work-are-you-freaking-kidding-me/
Lisa Belkin weighs in: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-belkin/why-work-from-home_b_2774794.html
It’s such interesting timing with Sheryl Sandberg’s new book coming out…there is something here about how harshly women leaders are judged, I think, by men, but also by other women. When Jack Welch publishes a book, people don’t question about what he is doing for the cause of men everywhere…it feels like for women like MM and SS it really is a no-win situation in some ways….
Other Articles of Interest Last Week:
Turnover is Turnover: What Churning Employees Says About Your Culture http://ow.ly/i1k2q via @TLNT_com
Keep on Trucking? Not if Canada Doesn’t Hire More Truckers http://ow.ly/i1mb4 via @WSJ
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lessons to Succeed and Savor Work and Life http://ow.ly/i1mLT via @HuffPostWomen
Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic http://ow.ly/i1o2z via @Inc
Why You Need to Vote For TLNT For Best Human Resources Blog http://ow.ly/i2iUU via @TLNT_com @johnhollon
Can a Little Relaxation Increase Your Employees’ Productivity? http://ow.ly/i3QIl via @blogging4jobs
RT @williamtincup: RT Failure Is Not an Option – Shallow Motivational Tip 3 http://ow.ly/i8ZKe @TomBolt
Love this piece written by @ChinaGorman on the Yahoo work from home issue. http://ow.ly/i8ZHz. Good for Marissa Mayer & Jackie Reses.
Same Train, Same Track: You Gotta Be Honest to Build Better Engagement http://ow.ly/i5TYe via @TLNT_com @TimSackett
Unhappy Employees Are Not Disengaged Employees http://ow.ly/i8bJG via @hrbartender
Kronites are writing about:
New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: http://ow.ly/i1i1T #openshift #snowball
RT @simonmacpherson: How Mature Are You? Part 2 http://ow.ly/i8ZNq
RT @SmarterCafe: A project is like a life… Ask every question you can. http://ow.ly/i4an5
Yahoo in a gray flannel suit? Is forcing the telecommuters home a recipe for success? http://ow.ly/i6PQY
Quote the Raven “Perfect Paycheck” http://ow.ly/i8cEh via @ToddBlackHRMS #HR #Payroll
How Mature Are You? Part 3 http://ow.ly/i8aFa via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK
RT @smartercafe: If Belle was a #Kronos customer, you know she’d seek out every training opportunity! http://ow.ly/i8WLD #KnowledgePass
Limited time savings on Kronos Workforce Ready just for you! Get the details: http://ow.ly/i1iBP #SMB #WFM #HR
The @WF_Institute at #Kronos Explores How The #AffordableCareAct Will Impact Organizations http://ow.ly/i1lJw
#HIMSS13 Attendees; Schedule a meeting, join us at our exclusive party — or both — & we’ll be happy to tell you more! http://ow.ly/i1oEl
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Get Sold on Training Incentives http://ow.ly/i2er0
RT @AronAin: @KronosInc in full planning for our summer internship program. Energetic, bright & motivated should apply. Follow @Work4Kronos
RT @WF_Institute: Making another appearance on @drivethruhr Friday 1PM ET. I’ll talk about what #Cloud & Politics have in common… #dthr
#SupplyChain #Technology: The State of Labor Management Systems http://ow.ly/i8au9