well here is some news I really DIDN’T expect to see today.
And that is that ‘working from home’ in Yahoo is no longer going to be acceptable. In a memo from the desk of Marisa Meyer, she said
Being a Yahoo isn’t just about your day-to-day job, it is about the interactions and experiences that are only possible in our offices.
I know what she means, but I dont think it is coming out right. I (we) think we are moving towards an age of the virtual worker, the occasional worker, the portfolio lifestyle – and when someone insists that I need to be on their premises in order to do my job suggests one or more of a number of things.
- They do not understand what I do – so want to see me around.
- They don’t believe I am delivering the work that I am being rewarded for.
- They think they are paying me for my time worked – not my value delivered (which kind of ties back to that top point)
Now don’t get me wrong – I totally totally get the cultural aspects. I really do. They are important . But being in the office cant be the only way to do that can it ? I mean – pop into a coding hot bed one day take a look around.
- Rooms darkened
- Screen on
- Headphones over ears to block out any sound at all
- All you can hear is the tap tap tap of the keyboards
Tell me about that culture / water cooler thing again.
Of course the flip side of this is that if I can only deliver value to you when I am in your offices – then I guess the work I currently do at home on the weekends and at night time is no longer considered work you need – so I won’t be doing that.
What do you think ?
What do you think the reaction will be ? Will there be employee fall out ?