Most of the critics may see this as a odd move by a corporation that thrives on Internet and technology itself. The opinions still stand divided between the top brass of the corporation and the media critics.
While it is certainly going to be problematic for the scores of working mothers who juggle between the workplace and homes. While the executives stand by their boss in this move.
According to Michael Katz, a former ad tech executive at Yahoo, "working from home may be convenient for some but it represents a huge opportunity cost to the team, especially a team that's trying to turn things around".
It seems Mayer is a lady on a mission. Under her tenure, Yahoo has been in news lately for almost all the right reason if not for its popularity as a social media platform. To make an actual difference to the firm ratings and performance, the leash on the work culture needs to be tightened and Madam seems to be doing just that.
We weigh the pros and cons of this move and allow you to decide what's best. So here's our take:
The move will surely annoy teh existing workforce, it is a perfect move to streamline the workforce between those who actually work and those who are simply lackaidaiscal. However, an in-house work force comes with no guarantees of assured productivity. If an employee cannot give quality performance, then the place of work doesn't really count. Being a technology-based company, Yahoo needs to upkeep the tenet of the industry- that of virtual connectivity.
Mayer's main point, we assume, could have been to improve the connectivity among its employees. However, as stated before a physical presence will not automatically convert in to productivity. The need is to practice a prudent mix of technologies rather than pushing employees for permanent desk jobs. That's a straight kill!
The real focus of the Yahoo top brass, if they really want to turn the tables when it comes to improving their presence, should be on re-structuring its man-management skills. Be it team leaders, managers or even the various executives, they need to lead by example. And this order sure seems as a first move in this direction.
An eminent industry analyst shares a tip that "One of the biggest shortcomings for large companies is the fact that feedback techniques haven't been updated despite the fact that technology enables the process to be completely transformed". The answer is self-evident. Technology is available but its smart usage is what is lacking when it comes to reviewing a firm's own methods and business strategy. A little self-criticism never kills. By publicly announcing this move, the Yahoo CEO has sent a strong message of where she wants to take the company.
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You can also read the original memo published by AllthingsD here.
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