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Talking Cloud and Marissa Mayer on DriveThru HR

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:

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:

Strong defense of working from home:

Lisa Belkin weighs in:

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 via @TLNT_com

Keep on Trucking? Not if Canada Doesn’t Hire More Truckers via @WSJ

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lessons to Succeed and Savor Work and Life via @HuffPostWomen

Train Your Brain to Be Optimistic via @Inc

Why You Need to Vote For TLNT For Best Human Resources Blog via @TLNT_com @johnhollon

Can a Little Relaxation Increase Your Employees’ Productivity? via @blogging4jobs

RT @williamtincup: RT Failure Is Not an Option – Shallow Motivational Tip 3 @TomBolt

Love this piece written by @ChinaGorman on the Yahoo work from home issue. Good for Marissa Mayer & Jackie Reses.

Same Train, Same Track: You Gotta Be Honest to Build Better Engagement via @TLNT_com @TimSackett

Unhappy Employees Are Not Disengaged Employees via @hrbartender

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New Time Well Spent #Cartoon: #openshift #snowball

RT @simonmacpherson: How Mature Are You? Part 2

RT @SmarterCafe: A project is like a life… Ask every question you can.

Yahoo in a gray flannel suit? Is forcing the telecommuters home a recipe for success?

Quote the Raven “Perfect Paycheck” via @ToddBlackHRMS #HR #Payroll

How Mature Are You? Part 3 via @simonmacpherson @KronosUK

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Limited time savings on Kronos Workforce Ready just for you! Get the details: #SMB #WFM #HR

The @WF_Institute at #Kronos Explores How The #AffordableCareAct Will Impact Organizations

#HIMSS13 Attendees; Schedule a meeting, join us at our exclusive party — or both — & we’ll be happy to tell you more!

Follow @Work4Kronos to learn about the latest on jobs & culture @KronosInc and @KronosUK.

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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

Yahoo in a Gray Flannel Suit?

A  maelstrom of controversy is swirling around Marissa Mayer’s decision to force Yahoo telecommuters back to the office.  On the one hand, I admire her courage in doing what she believes is necessary to get Yahoo back on track.  On the other hand, this move flies in the face of the current wisdom that offering flexible work  options creates more engaged employees = better business results.  Much of the media coverage  has indicated, however, that doubts remain about whether this is always true. While productivity is generally believed to increase among at home workers, creativity can take a hit.

Of course, many jobs still have to be done in the workplace (nurses, cops, telephone linemen, the list goes on), but the increasingly common wisdom has been that we laptop-smartphone-google hang out equipped types can work from anywhere.  Mayer’s point is that as the frequency of unplanned and serendipitous interactions declines, so does creativity.  Take our poll and let us know what you think.  Read on below to hear what some of our board members think about this decision.  Although the specifics of their responses vary somewhat, all agree that Mayer’s goal is no doubt to help her company survive.  Only time will tell if this approach will yield the results she seeks.

Did Marissa Mayer do the right thing by ordering telecommuters home?

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David Creelman, CEO, Creelman Research

“Sometimes you need the face-to-face, elbow-to-elbow experience of everyone being in the same physical space. With Yahoo! facing so many challenges, now may be one of those times.”

John Hollon, Vice President for Editorial, ERE Media

“It’s easy to draw the conclusion that Yahoo! putting an end to flexible work arrangements is a turning back of the clock and some sort of statement about the viability of flex work. But I don’t think that’s the case. From all I have heard — including from some former Yahoo! managers who observed this first hand — it’s more about how in all of the upper management turmoil there over the last few years, the monitoring of flex time arrangements had gotten sloppy and hard to handle. Add to that new CEO Marissa Mayer’s experience at Google, where they have more of an all-hands-on-deck work philosophy without a lot of flex work, and you can see that this is more of an issue with flex work at Yahoo! given what Mayer is trying to do to revive the company than anything else. Flex work is here to stay and it is the smart thing to do for most organizations — just not for Yahoo! at this particular point in time.”

Sharlyn Lauby, SPHR, CPLP, The HR Bartender and President of ITM Group Inc.

“From my vantage point, this isn’t about Yahoo! taking away an employee benefit. It’s about them admitting (albeit very indirectly)that they didn’t manage it well. This is just how they are choosing to fix the problem. But it is also a lesson in new workplace norms being managed by old skool tactics. Businesses that want to take advantage of the benefits of telework or virtual work need to put measures in place prior to implementation – specifically, training managers to effectively manage a workforce they cannot see every day.”

Sue Meisinger, Former CEO of SHRM, columnist, speaker and consultant on executive management issues

“I think you have to look at the Yahoo! decision in the context of what they’re trying to get done – which is survive.   Bringing everyone back in house, and getting a better handle on productivity levels to ensure that everyone is rowing in the same direction is critical.  I doubt whether this is a long term strategy – workplace flexibility will probably evolve in a new way at the company as things stabilize.  Unfortunately, Yahoo!’s communication strategy was lacking:  there certainly are mixed messages when the company says employees can no longer work at home, but the CEO can build a nursery in her office.”

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